You Are Gifted!

I participated in a dialogue with Mr. Stephen Yam-wing Yip, Chief Curriculum Development Officer (Life-wide Learning & Library) of the Hong Kong Education Bureau.

Together with a group of educational leaders, we engaged him in an insightful and interesting discussion about educational reform.

Midway through the interaction, he casually dropped what I believed to be a great gem of wisdom. It switched on a light bulb in my mind and kept me thinking.

It will probably occupy my mind till my last day.

Someone had asked, “What is your government doing about gifted students in Hong Kong?”

Stephen’s reply was both stunningly enlightening.

He said, “We have done a lot of research about gifted children. We have also spent time to study what other countries are doing to help them.”

“We asked ourself, ‘What is giftedness?'”

“We feel that giftedness can be seen from the lens of multiple intelligence.

“Giftedness does not have to be intellectual. It can manifest itself through different knowledge and abililities.

“It can be anything from the way we think and develop ideas, use our body, work with others, take a series of action, or do something.

“The fact is, everybody is gifted.

“Every parent should believe that their children are gifted.”

After he made the last two statements, the silence around the room was deafening.

It seemed like he had unlocked a hidden part of our mind. He led us into a world that we never knew was inside us.

Think about it.

Our Creator has created you as a unique and wonderful being.

You are designed with distinctive thoughts, passion, knowledge, and skills. Together, they form strengths that can propel you to success.

When you use your strengths, you will tap the highest level of potential and passion.

You can perform at your best and find the sweet spot for your contribution and fulfillment.

It is unfortunate that many have not been able to identity and develop their strengths. They do not capitalise on them because their talents have been buried in a deep recess of their being.

For some, the world has cruelly deceived them to believe that they are much lesser than what they really are. They can’t do much with their life.

Like an undiscovered diamond, they are covered with layers after layers of lies, half truths, and misinformation. Their giftedness remains buried deep under the ground of ignorance and apathy.

Let the truth be known again – You are gifted!

Let no one take this truth from you.

Nothing should rob you of the possibilities that are waiting to be unleashed from your potential.

If God has made you to be gifted, how grateful should you be? How should you treat yourself?

Because you are gifted, do you know what you can do well? Or, what you can do well if you put your heart and soul into it?

How should you use your gifts, talents, and strengths?

When are you going to start taking action?

P/S Parents, please share this message with other parents and your children.


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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