Please Meet Dylon Sim, my Mentee.

Dylon is a 16-year old young man. He just completed his GCE ‘O’ level when he called me.

“Uncle Patrick, we met during a Chinese New Year gathering. I want to learn about leadership, entrepreneurship and investment from you.”

I told him, “Uncle Patrick belongs to a world that no longer exist. He’s totally irrelevant, redundant and should be put to sleep for the sake of humanity.”

Dylon persisted.

I love people who have the focus, discipline, grit, perseverance and resilience to press on despite all odds.

Such people don’t need to try very hard to find mentors.

The University of Life will ensure that appropriate mentors will appear at the right time to walk with these warriors on their journeys in life.

I took a leaf from the SkillsFuture, “a national movement to enable all Singaporeans to develop to their fullest potential, as well as realise their aspirations by taking advantage of a wide range of opportunities.”

I challenged Dylon to learn while working, and earn while he learn.

Here’s the challenge: “Organize the Global Economics and Property Investment Convention (GEPIC) 2017 – an educational seminar on trends of the global economy, property investment and technology.

“Leverage on the seminar to raise much-needed funds for Mercy Relief, an IPC-registered charity, for crisis relief efforts in typhoon-stricken areas in the Philippines.”

In the process of running the project on his own, he shouldn’t call me.

I want to relax on the beach and enjoy the evening of my life.

And watch the sun rises to day-after-beautiful day of love, joy and peace.

The bottom line is that the project must turn out to be successful. Otherwise I’ll kill him.

Like all great achievements, this project is a do-or-die project.

So it came to past, Dylon was tormented (not mentored) between November 2016 and February 2017.

He thought I was joking when I told him I’m a tormentor, not a mentor.

In a report to me, he called these gap months before he continued his studies “tiring and painful months”.

After going through the pits for me (and not with me), I’m sure he has never been more thankful to go back to school.

Dylon formed an organizing committee of about 97 people, all of whom are older than him and are professionals in their respected industries.

He managed to convince renowned economist Mr. Song Seng Wun, property guru Mr. Sam Baker, and business futurist Mr. Charlie Ang to speak at the seminar.

At the same time, he persuaded the CEO of Suntec City Convention Centre to donate one of their auditoriums for the charity project.

Dylon personally presented the project to individuals as well as groups of professionals from different industries.

GEPIC was successfully held on 15th February in Hall 606 at the Suntec City Convention Centre.

It was attended by Guest of Honor – Mayor Denise Phua, the Ambassador from the Philippines – His Excellency Mr. Antonio A. Morales, the Ambassador from Finland – Her Excellency Ms. Paula Parviainen, and several other distinguished guests.

GEPIC had a positive turnout of about 1000 professionals, managers, executives and technicians (PMETs).

We received a total donation of SGD44,597.93 on that evening. Additional donations were subsequently channeled directly to Mercy Relief.

At the end of the “tor-mentorship,” I told Dylon, “If you have a heart of gold, you can win hearts and minds and touch lives.

“If you develop your character and competence, you can earn the right to lead. You can have a bigger capacity for better results.

“If you have a positive attitude for learning, improvement and growth, you can go farther and run faster on the marathon of sustainable success.”

Fortunately, Dylon has demonstrated salient features of these qualities.

For that, this young man has the potential for great achievements.

I’m confident, if Dylon put his heart into any project, he will excel and make the project a great success.


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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