Learn To Live

The world is undergoing a rapid sea of change. Whatever brought you success today will not tomorrow.

To survive and succeed in this exciting new world of disorder, you need to commit yourself to a lifelong process of learning, un-learning and re-learning.

You need to reinvent yourself and learn more than your customers, faster than your competitors, and stay ahead of your counterparts in the industry.

Learning is therefore the only true competitive advantage in business and in life.

In the past, you have to go through formal education to learn how to earn a living. Today, you have to constantly educate yourself to make your life count.

Learning has to become a vital, habitual, and integral part of your life if you want to be relevant and useful to the economy and society.

As long as you learn, discipline yourself, and take massive action, you will grow. You’ll improve your  performance and contribution.

The day you stop learning, you start to go through what some would call a half-death.

If you are not improving and growing, you are not living but merely existing. Life is then not worth the living.

Whether you like it or not, a battle cry for the new economy is: Learn or die.

How then should you learn?

All learning begins and ends with self-learning.

Constant improvement starts with a deep desire to learn. If you’re  keen to learn, there are lessons at every given moment of your life.

There are also many teachers waiting to teach you.

Every experience can be a teacher and the world, your classroom. Learning becomes a dynamic 24/7 process.

As you pursue and act on the lessons, it’ll take you to a higher level in life.

However, if you’re not motivated to learn, the best trainers, trainings, and training resources cannot make any difference to your life. You’ll be on the slippery path towards failure.

How can you improve your learning experience and outcomes?

1. Develop a learning environment

You’re the by product of the people you interact with and the environment you live in. Therefore, develop the right relationships and environment so that it will be conducive to learning and improvement.

2. Build learning networks

Build different networks of people who share similar vision, values and aspiration. Make a commitment to inspire and motivate one another to help achieve goals and dreams.

3. Commit to learning programmes

Continue to attend courses, seminars, and conferences. Upgrade yourself and develop the appropriate knowledge and skills to achieve desired results.

4. Learn at every given moment

Be mindful that you can learn from conversations and other experiences. To make it worthwhile, plan to be at the right place to interact with the right people and at the right timing to optimise your learning experience.

5. Model after giants

Seek out wise and successful people and initiate discussions with them so as to tap on their knowledge and experience. This can also be done through forums on the Internet.

By asking the right questions and listening carefully, it can open up a new world of learning and improvement.

As you seek out experts to learn from them, you’ll be inspired
to dwell deeper into their area of expertise and work. It’ll open windows of additional learning opportunities.

6. Reflect on your experiences

Devote adequate time to reflect on your daily activities and learn from them.

8. Learn by training others

Learners are also trainers. Train yourself first and then commit to training others.

The more you train others to be better than you, the more you will learn. When you inspire others to change their life, you’ll be more inspired to change your life too.

7. Be prepared to be corrected

Every learning outcome will be tested again and again in the “examinations of life”. Be disciplined enough to be accountable, take responsibility, and be corrected.

Corrections are feeder – and sometimes rocky – paths to bring you back to the highway of success.

To make it work, be courageous enough to admit your failures and mistakes. Subject yourself to penalties and punishments if necessary.

Just as importantly, be committed  to offer compensation and restitution to resolve the situation. Don’t run away without learning
how to set things right.

In the final analysis, learning is not just about who you have learned from and what you have learned. It is about whether the learning experience has transformed you for good.

A good learning plan should improve every major area of your life and make you a wiser and better person.

The best place and time to start learning is from where you are and right now.

Go4It!

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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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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