Building A Learning Nation

Recently, I joined a group of young people to discuss about the future and the future of future.

Suffice to say, the world is probably changing faster than you and I can predict the changes and prepare ourselves to leverage on the changes.

To preempt, protect ourselves from, and proactively respond to the disruptive future, our first and last line of attack as well as defence is education.

By that, I’m not referring to just formal education.

We need to be totally committed to lifelong learning to survive and succeed in the new and insanely-exciting world of opportunities and possibilities.

To do that, we need to develop passion and joy for learning. We need to also develop ability to learn now to learn effectively and efficiently.

Research have shown that by being passionate for learning and being self-directed learners, we can continue to change, improve and achieve better results.

Moving forward, we should build on our culture, a culture that believes in achieving excellence in schools and transform the culture until we become a learning nation.

Learning becomes part and parcel of the lifestyle of every single person, and not just the young.

However, learning cannot be an end by itself.

Through lifelong learning, we can unleash
the potential of each and every person and help them exercise their gifts and strengths to fulfill their plans, passions and aspirations.

To do so, we may have to change our perspectives on educational outcomes, results and impacts.

We need to believe there are multiple intelligences and multiple pathways to reach multiple destinations of excellence.

Every person can choose their own journeys and even change their journeys at various points to live a purposeful, happy and filling life.

Together, as a nation of lifelong learners, we can create a brighter future for ourselves and our future generations.

How can we become a nation of lifelong learners?

For too long, our country has been more inclined to adopt a top-down approach in running society and major affairs of the people.

We need to recognize that nobody has a monopoly of the best ideas, plans and actions.

Therefore, we need the public, private and people sectors to work more closely together. We need more bottom-up and peer-to-peer initiatives to take ourselves to a higher level.

Lifelong learning is the best way to help our people optimise use of their potentials and help them to be the best that they can be in fulfilling their dreams.


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!

3 Responses to Building A Learning Nation

  1. DOE admin says:

    Hi, can I ask for your permission to reproduce this written piece on our SG education portal at www Explicit mention shall be made about it having first appeared on your site, and Patrick Liew cited as the original author. Hope you are agreeable and will revert soon! 🙂

  2. DOE Admin says:

    Hi , thank you for granting permission. You can find the repost at

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