Restarting Your Life

Have you ever had your past secret being discovered?

And you have no fears or worries about the secret being uncovered?

Recently, one of my “secrets” was made known and guess what, I laughed over it.


Because I have learned long ago that I should come to term with the past.

Put past challenges to rest, no matter how embarrassing or even incriminating they may be.

Case in point, I once sent Sharon Koh, one of my senior managers to meet an old classmate.

The objective of the meeting was to share with him an innovative business concept.

After the meeting, Sharon met me and with a sheepish smile, she told me, “Your old classmate told me that you were not good in your studies.

“He was really surprised that you have gone this far in your life.”

We laughed over the incident.

Those who know me would know that I have not held back in confessing my fears, frailties, failures and foolishness publicly.

I have shared about my downsides in talks and through my writings.

The reason I endeavor to come clean with my life is that I want to be at peace with myself and with my past.

Just as importantly, I have always believed that everything happened for a reason, purpose and significance.

Therefore, I should never waste any negative experience.

Instead, I should leverage on them to learn, improve, and achieve better results.

Hopefully, by sharing how I learned from past wrongdoings, I can deepen my learning.

Encourage and inspire others to live on a higher plane.

Back to my story, Sharon and I laughed over the incident because what my old classmate revealed about my past was no secret to her and to many others.

Throughout my life, I am blessed with a mental disorder. It’s term as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Let me share a typical symptom.

When I am in a classroom, my body can be there but my brain is in a world of its own.

You can imagine how hard I had to struggle with my studies.

I would mostly be lost throughout most part of the academic year.

To beat the system, I learned to study on my own and usually at the eleventh hour before an examination.

I managed to get promoted from one standard to another, except for one year.

That year, I failed almost all the subjects and I had to repeat my studies.

The stigma of failure stuck with me for a long time.

Fortunately, our Creator allowed life to give you and me a second chance.

A single failure is never a final failure.

As long as you are alive, you have a second chance. And you will always deserve a second chance.

In fact, every passing moment is a second chance – whether you take the second chance or not.

However, a second chance cannot be bought. It can only be courted and caught.

All you have to do is to swallow your pride and grab the second chance – no matter how uncomfortable it is.

By the way, swallowing your pride does not have high calories and contain any dangerous additives.

In fact, swallowing your pride can be healthy.

When you capitalise wisely on a second chance, you will soon realize that a second chance can come with many opportunities.

And with wisdom gained from the past, you can even do better the second time around.

Therefore, having a second chance should drive you to work harder and smarter to achieve better results.

In my case, I took a second chance and recovered from my failure.

Pressed on to complete a tertiary education, including the coursework needed to earn a bachelor degree, two master’s degrees, a doctoral degree, and nine other professional qualifications.

Truth be told, I am still learning to cope better with ADHD so that I can continue to be a lifelong student.

You may not be able to wind back the clock and re-live whatever has happened in the past and correct any wrongdoing.

Perhaps you need to go through the wrong so that you can learn from the experience and grow through it.

Learn how to right the wrong and in the process, become wiser and do better in life.

You are given a second chance to prove that you are bigger than the past.

The past does not have to cheat you of your future.

You can start all over again and craft the best story and ending for your life.

There are few stories that are more inspiring than a story of a proverbial phoenix rising from the ashes.

A comeback story can guide many out of darkness and inspire them to achieve greatness.

You can be the author of another amazing turnaround story.


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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