Make Reading A Lifelong Love Affair

In an increasingly digitized and fast-moving society, there are many distractions, and communications are frequently reduced to sound bites.

As a result, reading as a habit has taken a beating and if this trend continues, we will not be any wiser or healthier as a people

We need to inculcate a lifelong love affair with books because reading is one of the basic building blocks to achieving success and living a great life.

Reading can help us find out about life. It can also bring forth life.

Reading is like having a ticket to board a special vehicle, a cheap way to go on an amazing journey to discover more knowledge, events, and experiences.

An exploratory trip to discover truths and realities and in the process, help us find our purpose and place under the sun.

The beauty of reading is that we can go on the trip for as long and as intensive as we want, and do it from the comfort and security of our home.

Reading can make us laugh. It can also make us cry.

It can make us smile and then frown a short while later. It can bring us to the peaks of emotion and the pits of feeling.

Throughout the roller coaster ride of experience, we can enjoy a tapestry of rich sight, sound, smell, spice, and sensation.

Reading can transport us out of the world. It can give us freedom to roam the expanse of space, time, and history and offer a helicopter and deeper view of almost every idea, concept, emotion, and body of knowledge.

Reading can help us probe the smartest minds and learn from the wisest beings. We can walk where they have walked and go where they have gone.

Learn virtually from their failures and build on their successes. Live through their lives and leverage on lessons from them to enrich ourselves and others.

Books are like stars that can help to navigate our lives. They trigger ideas and stretch our imagination so that we can see more clearly on our journey.

Reading can show us who we are and who we should be.

It can teach us how to live our lives from the start to the end, and help us go from where we are right now to our rightful destination.

You need to find time to read or you may up end up wasting more time because books can teach you how to make full use of your time and lives.

The more you read, the more you can only learn. The more you learn, the more you can improve and achieve better results.

Read not only what you want to read, but also what you don’t feel like reading. Learn to love and enjoy the different genres of published words.

What oxygen is to life, words of wisdom are to our soul.

These words of wisdom are like bolts and nuts to help us build strong structures and scaffolds in life. They are tools to help us respond to the complex and ever-changing currents of life.

Read a book thrice. First for the content, context, and composition.

Then, make it a point to reflect on and craft your thoughts about them. Think about how to apply the lessons in your life.

Finally, make the words of wisdom come alive through your life.

In that sense, a good book continues forever. The final “chapter” of the book is about how you have applied the lessons from it.

The best “ending” of a book is how you have leverage on the lessons to make a positive difference to the people and environment around you.

You may not need to read so as to live but you certainly need to read to live a full life and live life to the fullest.

Like a good and open book, live your life wisely, transparently, and responsibly.

I look forward to reading the book of your life and especially the final chapter and beautiful ending.

Go4It!

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

By the way, I have also recorded other reflections.

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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!

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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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