May The “Fish” Be With You

The fish holds a special place in our life. It’s not just food but also a symbol for desired values and aspirations.

To the Chinese, it represents deep meaning and significance. Phonetically, it sounds like another word, abundance (余).

As a race that has undergone thousands of years of “the sweet, sour, bitter, and spicy” (甜酸苦辣) dimensions of life, we long for prosperity and abundance.

That’s why there is a Chinese saying, “如鱼得水.” Loosely translated, it describes our hope to be like that of a fish that has found its place and fulfillment in water.

In other words, we desire to be happy and have good fortune and freedom in our work and other areas of our life.

The fish is also a symbol of fertility and productivity. This is so probably because of its ability to spawn fast and in volume.

It speaks of a key aspiration of all humans, including entrepreneurs.

We want to live without having to worry about meeting our needs and wants. We also want to achieve more and better results.

The fish is therefore a popular theme of artists in paintings, sculptures, and other works of art.

There is a demand for such artifacts in many homes and offices.

Interestingly, many Christians have also adopted the fish to represent our beliefs and values.

We have a passionate drive to be “fishers of men.”

It is a high calling to engage and influence humanity so as to help them return to our Creator and in doing so, to do good and live well.

The fish is also a symbol that speaks to Christians about faith and abundance.

The Bible records a story about how our Creator multiplied fishes and loaves to the amazement of the masses. That was a stroke of divine brilliance.

It  affirms that He who is the Source of possibilities can bless humans and meet their needs beyond their wildest imagination.

In another incident, He challenged a group of fishermen to let down their net for what would become a major spiritual catch of a lifetime.

In essence, it was a lifelong lesson that one has to step out and exercise faith to find eternal fulfillment and success.

In ancient Norse and European culture, the fish represents single mindedness, persistence, and resilience.

Their people must have probably been impressed with the ability, determination, and adaptability of the fish to survive in the wild. In particular, the salmon is known to even swim upstream and against the current to reach the spawning ground.

In many other cultures, the fish is also a symbol for life, knowledge, wisdom, creativity, inspiration, and transformation.

All these values and aspirations have inspired my friends and I to do something that has never been done before.

We have commissioned Brad Blaze, a renown entertainer cum artist in Australia to craft a painting. It will depict the meaning and significance of the fish.

The painting will be auctioned together with two other Brad Blaze paintings.

The total proceeds will be donated to Reach Community Services Society to help finance the opening of two new Charity Centres. Please send me a private message if you are interested to support our good cause.

In conclusion, may the profound meanings, values, and significance that the fish represents be a part of your life forever.


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

Please visit my website,

Please read my reflections and continue to teach me.

Life is FUNtastic!


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 Visit my Inspiration blog at For my opinions on social affairs, please visit my Transformation blog at Please visit my website, Please read my reflection and continue to teach me. Life is FUNtastic!

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