The Day I Discovered My Calling…

In March 2003, my world collapsed.

SARS was in the air.

The economy almost grinded to a halt. Property market took a nose dive.

My business was virtually destroyed.

I was carrying personal liability to the tune of millions of dollar. I lost almost everything.

I went through the darkest hour of my life. It felt like I had gone through hell and had to come back to share this story with you.

Back then, in many evenings, I would cry until there were no more tears left. It was a deeply painful experience.

In exhaustion, I would finally fall sleep, curled up like a little foetus in a mother’s womb.

When the sun rose, I dragged myself out of bed. I went to work like a zombie.

Whichever way I turned, I felt like a cruel wall was crashing down on me.

My life almost came to a painful end.

It was during this time, I received a very interesting call.

“Hello, is that Mr. Patrick Liew?”

“Yes. Patrick speaking”.

“Mr. Liew, my name is Os Hillman. I just flew in from the United States and I would like to meet you”.

“Mr Hillman, please, just call me Patrick.

“Welcome to Singapore. Can I ask what is this meeting about?”

“Frankly, I don’t really have a reason to meet you”.

“That’s interesting. Can I find out who asked you to see me?”

“I cannot remember who referred you and gave your telephone number to me”.

I don’t know about you. If somebody called me to tell me they flew in from another country to meet me and they didn’t have a clue about the “why,” the “what,” and the ‘who” of meeting with me, I would definitely go and see them.

I am by nature, curious, adventurous, and a risk taker.

I cannot for the world remember where or when we met but we did. All I remember was that we met somewhere in a hotel.

The conversation went something like this;

“Mr. Hillman, this is an interesting meeting. If you don’t have an agenda for the meeting, what should we do now?”

Mr. Hillman looked at me, a little lost and then he asked me, “Why don’t you start by telling me about your life?”

At that point in time, I had only one painful story to tell. I was not perfect and had made many mistakes in my life.

I’ve tried to live a good life but somehow, my world crashed. Almost everything I had was literally turned into ashes and I was almost left to die.

I must have told the story with lots of anguish, pain and sorrow. At the end of my sharing, guess what this man did to me?

He laughed.

I could not believe it.

At that point, I could feel my temperature rising and I had to control myself before something bad happened.

Mr. Hillman told me something that was hard to believe.

He said, “Patrick, many years ago, I had a similar but not the same experience”.

“My marriage broke down. My business collapsed, and I became bankrupt”.

“Somebody flew in from Sweden and asked me to share my story with him. When I finished, he laughed at me.

“So, today, I am laughing at you.”

Please let me know if you are in deep trouble, I like to return the same favour to you.

Jokes aside, Mr. Hillman went on to share with me an amazing prophesy.

I forgot about it until a few years later when I finally got out of the “pits of hell.”

“Patrick, you will never understand what you are going through at this point in your life. One day, when it’s over, you will understand.

“You have a Joseph calling. You will have to do your part to inspire and serve others”.

The message about the Joseph Calling stucked in my mind.

Joseph was an amazing figure in history. He was sold to slavery by none other than his own brothers.

Joseph was unjustly imprisoned in a strange land. He suffered breaches of natural justice and other forms of ill treatments.

For 13 years, he went through severe hardships and misery.

However, that did not break his relationship with our Creator and weakened his desire to serve others.

Joseph was subsequently promoted to lead and manage the country, reporting directly to none other than the king.

Through his success, he was able to provide for his family. He was able to look after his people when his home country went through a long period of famine.

After that fateful meeting, I have never met Mr. Hillman again.

He was like a messenger that was somehow sent to deliver a riddle to me. After that, he disappeared into the depth of my memory.

A few years later, with the help of our Creator, I redesigned my former company into a market leader and arguably the first company in the world to rebuild itself on love.

The company became probably the most awarded company in the industry – and the first single-focus agency to be listed on Singapore Exchange.

More importantly, since 2003, the company became one of the most active companies in philanthropic and social contributions.

Our charity missions helped us to win the Entrepreneur Of The Year For Social Contributions and the Asian Responsible Entrepreneurship Awards.

I have been humbled by my failure and the experience that I went through. I am honored to respond to the Joseph Calling – to inspire and serve others to eternal success.

I have gone to many parts of the world and shared my message of love.

From leaders to ordinary persons on the street, I endeavored to ignite the power of compassion within them and to put soul back into companies, organisations and communities.

I look forward to sharing with you.

Please allow this servant to touch your heart with my heart.


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

By the way, I have also recorded other reflections.

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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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