Happy Mother’s Day (Sunday, 11 May 2014)

To the Best Mother in the World – my Wife

If life is a marathon – and most people are sprinters – Callie is an ultramarathon runner. She has been running this exciting race purposefully, consistently, and successfully.

Callie grew up in poverty. Her parents had to work very hard to support ten children.

She recalled how they had to literally lived from hand to mouth. She had to work during school holidays to supplement her pocket money.

According to Callie, “The experience of growing up through great challenges has softened, toughened and enlightened me

“It helped me to be humble and to understand and relate better with people. I learned to develop compassion for others, especially those who are in need.

“It toughened me to build a never-say-die attitude and build a resilient spirit to turn challenges into opportunities.

“It enlightened me to feel for those who are weak, in need, and disadvantaged. I want to be able to help them live a more fulfilling life.”

Shortly after graduating from her studies, Callie worked in a legal firm for a short period of time before deciding to “mind her own business.”

“Since young, I’ve always wanted to be an entrepreneur. To me, an entrepreneur is someone who can help to create a better world.

“While adding values to people’s lives, I can maximize my potential. I can have the freedom to pursue my dream life.

“I can also make our world a better home and leave a positive legacy behind”.

Callie chose to establish a real estate business in response to her passion for properties. She was one of the few ladies to head a company in one of the most competitive industries.

Since young, Callie loves to look at properties. Until today, she is still in awe about the “beauty and wonder of real estate.

“Real estate meets a basic need. It is also a determinant of health, happiness, and overall wellness of individuals, families and organizations.”

Callie’s leadership skills were groomed during her school days. She was one of the fastest to be promoted through the rank and file in the Girls Guide.

At 14 years of age, Callie was a Patrol Second. She became a Patrol Leader a year later and by the third year, she was already a Company Leader.

“It was through the Girls Guide, “ Callie said, “I learned that if I don’t have a heart to love and serve my people, I don’t deserve to be a leader. I must set an exemplary conduct if I want my team to soar.”

Callie was one of the finalists in the Miss Singapore Universe Beauty Contest. This is a secret that she would rather keep for the rest of her life if I did not leaked it ‘accidentally’ as her proud husband.

She said, “Beauty is skin-deep. What matters most is to develop an honourable character. A personality that will reach out and help people to be the best they can be and enjoy the best in life and work.”

Callie graduated as a member of Beta Gamma Sigma with an MSc in global business and marketing from the City University of New York.

Beta Gamma Sigma is the international honor society serving business programmes accredited by The Association of Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Membership of Beta Gamma Sigma is a prestigious recognition received by a student.

To earn this honor, she has to prove to the professors through many project presentations and class participations.

“Callie believes that learning is the only real edge in business and in life. Only through learning can I creatively ‘destroy’ and reinvent myself so that I will always be relevant, at the cutting-edge, and be a plus factor to others.

“Only by learning, improving, and getting better results can I live a meaningful and fulfilling life. That’s why I always say, ‘Learn or die!’

“I’m committed to be a lifelong student. Learning and achieving better results is the uncompromising basis for achieving success in life.”

Callie went on to break many records in the real estate industry.

During the first year in business, she brought in more than S$400,000 in gross commission which by today’s term is worth a few million dollars. It is an amazing record considering that property prices were much lower.

To me, Callie is one of the best entrepreneurs I have ever known in my professional life. She painstakingly developed the necessary skills to be an effective and a well-balanced business leader.

Callie went on to lead the largest team of advisors that were remunerated on a fixed allowance plus commission basis.

As a fighter that never gives up, Callie overcame many challenges in the business journey. She faced painful barbs and seemingly insurmountable challenges to help build one of the largest and most awarded real estate companies.

Callie helped to create a love-centered culture in the company, in the hope of sending ripples of love – first to the colleagues, then to the customers, the communities, and finally, to other countries.

The company was not just a market leader, it was also a pace setter in supporting humanitarian, philanthropic and charitable causes. It probably ran more charity programmes than many charity organizations.

As a result of Callie’s achievements both in the business world and in the charity circle, she won the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Award and the Entrepreneur Of The Year Award for social contribution.

Callie said, “It is sad many people told me they will only give back to society when they are successful and financially sound. That should not be the case.

“We can start to make giving back to society an integral part of our life. It is a universal law that when we give, more will be given to us.

“But, of course, please don’t give just to expect a return. Do it out of a good heart and you will be blessed.

“I hope to inspire a new generation of what we call Enlightened Entrepreneurs. These entrepreneurs will use their businesses as platforms to transform their industries for the good of the world.

“At the same time, they will leverage on their resources to resolve many social issues, including abuses that are causing our planet to be sick.

“I believe the best way to live our life is to live our life for others. The more we reach out to bless other lives, the richer and better our life will become.

“If we join our hands together, call me an idealist if you will, I believe we can eradicate poverty, wars, and unnecessary conflicts in our world.

“Our children will point to us and say, ’That’s THE generation that finally got their act of love together and united the human race as one loving family. They left a better world for us, for our children, and our children’s children.’ ”

Callie and I obviously share the same philosophy. However, I will pale when I compare myself to the sacrifices and the effort she has made to help others.

Since I’m in a good mood to share other people’s secrets – not mine of course – I will let you into Callie’s private life.

For years, I have personally witnessed how generous she was in giving to worthwhile causes. There were personal cheques that she has signed to give away more than our combined annual salaries.

Let me state another example.

Years ago, she co-owned three shop houses in ‘Little India.’ She donated; in kind, part of it to a group of volunteers to counsel and help foreign workers and especially Indian workers.

I have seen Callie literally crying hour after hour in prayer for people who are in need and suffering in pain and sorrow. She has travelled to many countries to help people overcome spiritual and emotional struggles and to plead with our Creator to bless their communities.

Callie spent a lot of time in some of the poorest communities in India, helping to start orphanages and teaching in the villages. In fact, one time she even asked me to allow her to spend part of her time to live among the poor in India.

It will always be one of my greatest regrets that I held her back. I told her I needed her. Our family needed her, and the business needed her.

Callie spent some years serving in Church – living simply and working very hard with little resources – helping many individuals and families who were going through difficult times.

There are many people who will testify how she has gone out of the way to help them through some of the most challenging times in their lives.

More than anything else, Callie is a great mother. While balancing her work and service, she has also devoted a tremendous amount of her life to bring up two beautiful children (who still refused to be featured in my fb. Ha!)

She did everything a mother should do and more. It was therefore not surprised when my eldest daughter sent her a bouquet of flowers and called her among many other accolades, “my best friend.”

Sometimes, I think I’m not joking when I told my friends, “Callie picked me up from the rubbish bin of life.”

I have personally learned a lot from her. She made me a better person.

Go4It!

I hope this message will find a place in your heart.

By the way, I have also recorded other reflections.

For my opinions on social affairs, please visit my Transformation blog at http://hsrpatrickliew.wordpress.com/

Please visit my website, http://www.patrickliew.net

Please read my reflections and continue to teach me.

Life is FUNtastic!

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About Patrick Liew
About Patrick Liew Patrick Liew MBA, MSc, BSc is the Managing Partner of Global Enterprise Exchange Pte. Ltd.. He is also the founder and director of Success Resources, arguably the world’s largest personal development seminar organiser and a major shareholder of a company, which is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. He was previously the Executive Chairman and CEO of HSR Global Ltd., a publicly listed company on SGX-ST. Previously, he was the regional director of the Gartner Group, providing strategic advisory and planning services to governments, banks and MNCs. He was also the regional head of sales and marketing operation for Dow Jones Telerate. Patrick graduated with a BSc in Estate Management from Heriot Watt University, an MSc with emphasis in global business and marketing from The City University Of New York, and an MBA from Henley Business School / Brunel University. He has also earned more than nine other professional qualifications. Patrick is arguably the first person to develop a multimedia e-learning programme on entrepreneurship. He authored a Chinese book on business systems and was also the co-author of a Times Bookshop best-selling book. Patrick has conducted both ‘brick and mortar’ and online lessons for participants from more than 60 countries. He has also conducted keynote presentations in many international conferences, including being the first Singaporean to teach at the National Association of Realtors. Through his team at Success Resources, Patrick has organised educational conferences for prominent leaders such as President Bill Clinton, Prime Minister Tony Blair, Michael Porter, Richard Branson, Robert Kiyosaki, Donald Trump, and many other prominent leaders. Patrick provides leadership and advisory services to many professional and charity organisations. He is actively involved in supporting humanitarian, philanthropic and charity causes. He has organised three fund-raising events and in the process, help to set three national records in the Singapore Books Of Records. Patrick won the Entrepreneur Of the Year Award For Social Contribution, the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Award, and six other business awards. Patrick believes the best way to live your life is to live your life for others. The more you reach out to bless other lives, the richer and better your life will become. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A Personal Note to my Friends The articles that I post online; or what I term as Love Notes, are written with the purpose of inspiring readers to live at a higher plane in life. They are also meant to motivate those who are struggling in life and help them find handlers to overcome their conflicts and challenges. It is my ardent hope that we will form networks and alliances of like-minded people who will put to right many of the wrongs in our midst. Together, we will leverage on each other's resources and create a synergistic impact in making our world a better home. These articles are written as part of regular reflection about the vicissitudes of life. They are at best work in progress and at worst, grumblings, grouses, and gripings of a finite old man. I have deliberately decided NOT to delete many of the articles and pointers that I may not agree with or are outrightly wrong. This is to keep a record of how my personal ideas, beliefs, and values have evolved over time. In addition, I hope to encourage readers by letting them know that I also make mistakes and am struggling with many of the complexity and complication in life. As long as we hang on to hope and work on finding a solution, there will be light at the end of whatever tunnel we are in. I do not pretend to know everything or for that matter, anything of substance. In fact, the more I study, learn, and think about the vast wisdom and knowledge out there, the more I realised how little I know about life and the ways of life. Hence, I have always ended my article by asking readers to continue to teach me. For I, too, am a sojourner in the exploration of truth and the adventure of finding meaning, purpose, and significance for my existence. I am proud of and make no apology for being a Christian, albeit not the most exemplary one. I believe our Creator can lead and guide us to be the best that we can ever be. I bear full responsibility for the shortcoming and error in my life, including my words. The fault is entirely mine and not due to anyone else. Readers have and can exercise the power of choice. They can discard what will not work for them and adopt those that can propel them further and faster in the pursuit of better performance, outcomes, and fulfillment. If I have disappointed or hurt you in any way, form, or manner, I would like to apologise to you. Please do not hold them against me or whoever or whatever is related to me. There are much to pray about, learn, and do. And I'll work on them with a sense of urgency. I hold on to the belief that 'Anything worth doing is worth doing with passion and excellence'. I'll endeavour to live by it. Life is short. There's no dress rehearsal and neither can we turn back the clock to change the drama of life. Therefore, by the grace and power of our Creator, let's live a full life and live it to the fullest. May God bless you abundantly on the journey of life. Your online servant, Patrick Liew I hope this message will find a place in your heart. By the way, I have also recorded other reflections. Please 'Like' me on https://m.facebook.com/patrickliewsg Visit my Inspiration blog at https://liewinspiration.wordpress.com/ For my opinions on social affairs, please visit my Transformation blog at http://hsrpatrickliew.wordpress.com/ Please visit my website, http://www.patrickliew.net Please read my reflection and continue to teach me. Life is FUNtastic!

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