Sad To See The Fighting For Power And Glory…

One evening, I had a heart-wrenching meal with an old friend who was also my customer.

It was heart-wrenching because we were trading stories about the ugliness that we have seen in the marketplace.

Between both of us, we have worked for more than 70 years in the corporate world.

We have worked in a wide range of industries and organisations, including charity bodies and civic societies.

The discussion actually brought tears to my more soft-hearted friend on a few occasions.

Much later, I had to double-checked my heart to see if it had not become hard, cold, or skeptical after going through these heart-breaking experiences.

We started talking about how we have seen families fight for inheritance. How they put up all kinds of drama to serve their self-centered interests.

Then, we reminisce about the political in-fightings in the professional body that we were once involved in. Many of the schemes and scams in the process would make for a captivating script for a movie.

We talked about how executives would step over each other and even kick their way to the top. We had an almost non-stop pouring of woes and wariness that left us emotionally drained.

I can tell you a sad story about one of my ex-bosses. If you don’t know him, you might even think he’s Santa Claus in secret identity.

He backstabbed another manager to protect his job but only to lose it at the end of the day.

Strangely, even while serving in the charity circle, we have seen more than our fair share of conflicts, controversies and challenges.

We have painfully observed how people fight for power and position, fame and glory, and all for what? Search me.

It’s sad that in the process of making a living, many are not mindful about living life.

Some may not even know how to live and live well anymore.

The modern world has compelled them to run on a meaningless treadmill.

The running occupies their mind but they are not going anywhere with their soul.

There is not much room for developing a meaningful and purposeful life and serving a worthwhile cause.

Along the way, they are subjected to the pervasive influence of a materialistic world.

The alluring and ever-improving commercials and advertisements made them believe in pursuing the so-called “finer things in life.”

They became a latter-day emperor without clothes, believing that they would soon “arrive” and would be living a make-believe life or lie.

At some points, they lose themselves and lived lives that were not their own.

They lived a lie and never quite realised it.

I told my friends, “I would love to bring these people around and see the poorest of the poor, and those who suffer intensely through life.”

Perhaps, they might realize that many of their blind ambitions would ultimately lead to nothing.

All the energy used could have been channeled for a worthwhile cause.

In the end, as a prophet would wisely said, “If you chase after the wind, you will reap a whirlwind” (Hosea 8:7).

I hope that on your journey in life, your motives, means and missions will always be clear. Your actions will be conducted in good faith and for the greater good.

May you constantly seek to put others before yourself and seek a you-should-win-first-before-I- can-win outcome. That is what I call a won-win relationship.

It’s sad that humankind can rise to the highest level of love and compassion. Yet, we can also stoop to the lowest level of hate and cruelty.

We have the capacity to create. We also have the capability to destroy.

We are surrounded by material comforts. Yet, we are also saturated with emotional conflicts.

We judge life by what we have rather than what we gave.

We pursue quantity of possessions but not quality of contributions.

We have a wealth of knowledge, but we still lack the wisdom to eradicate poverty.

We have advanced technology to communicate but we don’t know how to collaborate effectively to bring forth global peace.

We rape and pillage planet earth and we wonder why she does not cow in silence.

Our planet has manifested her hurts and scars through global warming, tidal waves, and earthquakes.

Yet, we sleep through the signs and signals.

We continue our march down the slippery slope to destruction.

Today, humankind stands – literally one bomb away – from the brink of decimation.

We need an awakening call like never before.

Our collective conscience must rise up – for the sake of humanity – to fight abuse, evil and violence.

Tomorrow, when the sun rises, I pray we will wake up to a new day. A new day of love, hope and optimism.

We must stretch out our hands – not for more power or possession – but in compassion and cooperation to make our world a better home.

Together, as one human race, we need to reignite the love within ourselves so as to fulfill our destiny for greatness.


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

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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 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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