Living For A Higher Calling.

The greatest poverty is a poverty of meaningful dreams. A dearth of vision to make the world a better home.

The worst failure happens when you do not work with our Creator and leave the world in a better state than when you first came to it.

To live for a higher calling, there is a need to constantly examine the values in life. Evaluate them to see if they are platforms or pitfalls to achieve success.

1. Are you a master or slave of material wealth?

Throughout life, many have become overly focused on materialistic pursuits. They are more interested in what they have than what they gave, the quantity of possession rather than the quality of  contribution.

Material possessions are good slaves but bad masters. If you allow your pursuit and desire for possessions to exceed your desire to use and leverage on them to do good, they will control and enslave  you.

Please stay away from the slippery road to spiritual and emotional bondage. It can only lead to destruction.

2. Is your career a platform for or a pitfall of success?

On the journey of life, other than sleeping, you will spend more time developing your career than on any other preoccupation.

It is sad that for many, instead of treating their career as a calling, they see it as just a way to earn an income or to climb a ladder in search of promotion and personal achievement.

Many go to work and never seek to love their job and excel in it. They choose to drift through time.

While their body may be at the workplace, their mind can be somewhere else. They dream of greener pastures and look out for a better employer.

All these while, they did not realize that the best workplace is what they made out of it. Slowly but surely, they  are draining their energy, wasting their life.

They fail to see the meaning, purpose and significance of their career. They fail to realise how much good they can achieve for their close ones, colleagues, customers, community, and country.

3. Do you love people and use things or love things and use people?

As you journey through life, the people you can always count on are your loved ones and friends. They are the ones that will stick with you through the ups and downs of life.

In your darkest hour, they are there for you. They will struggle with and help you overcome challenges and make something good out of your life.

Sadly, you pursue many of your dreams but you fail to help them pursue their dreams.

At the end of your life, one of the greatest regrets that you will have is that you did not give them more of your love. You did not repay them with more love, kindness, and care and concern.

4. Is your soul reaching out or numb to the beauty of life?

From the beginning to the end of your journey, one of the most important parts of your being is your soul.

As Teilhard de Chardin, French Geologist, Priest, Philosopher and Mystic, once wisely said, “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”

You can have everything in the world but if you lose your soul, you will lose everything.

If you value your soul and allow our Creator to direct it, you can enjoy an overflowing abundance of life. You can live for a higher calling and serve a worthier cause.

In doing so, you can achieve greatness and make something great out of everything within and outside of you.

As you journey through life, you need to constantly examine and re-examine your values. Adopt the right values at different phases in life.

Each of the values has a proper place and you should prioritise and use them accordingly.

As you make sense of the melody and lyrics that our Creator has put in your heart, I pray that you will create the most beautiful symphony for the people around you. In doing so, may you enjoy its poetic rhythm and dance with life.

May you become a masterpiece, one that will exemplify the best of life and one that will inspire others to greatness.

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

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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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