Happy Golden Jubilee Singapore! (9 August 2015)

Dear Singapore,

As we celebrate our Golden Jubilee as a nation, I’m grateful and thankful for Singapore, a country that had to go through a difficult birth and was almost stillborn.

Through these 50 challenging but glorious years, I’m especially thankful for three gifts that Singapore has provided to me.

First, Singapore is a land of dreams.

I was born in poverty and grew up under difficult circumstances.

While I was growing up, I did not remember having any toys. Many of my clothing were hand-me-downs.

I did not even have a proper bed of my own until I was 21. Every evening I had to retrieve a 3-cm thick woven straw mat from the cupboard, lay it on the floor, and spend the night on it.

At a young age, I had to do part-time work, including helping to run a dinghy stall at Sungei Road to earn extra pocket money and to stay alive.

Despite all the challenges along the way, I’ve never felt like I was in need. I have never felt like I needed anything else to feel secure and happy.

When I started working, I did not have an academic degree. Thankfully, Singapore is a land of equal opportunities.

I was regularly promoted with major jumps in my salary and became a manager at a young age. I ended my working career as the CEO of the region for a multinational company.

Singapore is a land where anyone can dream of any possibilities. A land with all the building blocks to turn possibilities into realities.

That’s why I had the courage to launch myself into the world of entrepreneurship and investment and persevere through a long and arduous journey to find my place in it.

Singapore helps to keep the fire of my dream burning within me.

Secondly, Singapore is an oasis for learning and growth.

Throughout my formal education, I did not realize I was given a gift and it was termed as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD or ADD).

In short, I could be going through a lesson in a classroom, my body would be there but my brain could be in a world of its own.

Over time, many teachers, classmates, and friends helped me to cope with the ADHD.

In fact, they helped me turn the ADHD from being a disorder to becoming a blessing. They worked with me to turn the weaknesses of ADHD into strengths.

Through it all, I was given the opportunity and resources to complete a tertiary education, including the coursework for two master and a doctoral degrees. I’m not sure if I could ever have a finer educational journey if I had not grown up in Singapore.

Singapore has one of the most highly acclaimed educational systems. We can learn almost anything important at any time and from so many different sources of information, training, and education.

We are one of the few and if not the only country that not only promotes lifelong learning, the government provides cash and other incentives to encourage us to learn, grow, and become a more productive citizen.

Thirdly, Singapore has a can-do spirit.

Yes, we grumble a lot. We grumble because we set a high standard in this country. We grumble because we believe in and take ownership of our country.

We grumble because we know that we can change and make things happened. If we don’t, we will just accept and live with the status quo.

That’s why, in Singapore, there are many success stories to inspire you. If you open your eyes, you can literally see miracles all around you.

Within less than one generation, we turned a bright little red dot, comprising mainly of migrant stock, and with low fiscal reserves and little natural resources into one of the most developed and livable countries.

Singapore did not even have enough water to keep the people alive and yet today, we market water-treatment technology all over the world.

Many of the trees and plants were imported and were not supposed to survive on our soil conditions. Yet, we found ways to make them thrive and beautify our land.

As you travel all over the world, you’ll know that Singapore is widely admired and modeled after. Leaders from many parts of the planet come to Singapore to live, work, learn, and play.

Because of Singapore, I can travel and do business all over the world. Our red passport is welcomed and respected in many countries.

Through the entrepreneurial journey, I have helped to list three different companies in three different stock exchanges and in three different countries.

At one point, my real estate company became the first company of its kind to be publicly-listed on SGX. Another company that I co-founded became arguably the largest personal development seminar company in the world.

Growing up as a kampung boy, I could never imagine that some day I would share the speaking platform with world class gurus, prime ministers, presidents, and prominent leaders. I could advice and consult with individuals, enterprises, and other organizations.

I would never have accomplished any of these achievements if not for the fact that I’m a Singaporean.

In the Lion City, you can tap on world class infrastructure, system, and other resources to be the best that you can be and to fulfill your dream.

Singapore is one nation that can give you the courage to dream, platform to learn, and possibilities to things happened.

Thank you Singapore.

Happy 50th Birthday Singapore. May we have an even better 50 years ahead of us.

Majulah Singapura!

Patrick Liew
a proud son of the soil


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 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 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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