Success Can Be The Next Step After Confronting A Challenge

It’s Time To Find Meaning In Challenges.

Have you ever felt stressed and felt even more alive than before?

I was having a good chat with my eldest princess.

Suddenly, she turned to me and said, “Daddy, you must be going through lots of stress at work?”

I replied, “Hmm, how did you guess?”

Then she said, “Many people are slandering you and backstabbing you?”

Looking at her cheeky smile, I asked, “How did you find out, ol’ wise one?

She continued as if she had a magical crystal ball in front of her, “And people are stealing things from under your nose?”

By then, I was amazed. “Wow! How did you know what’s happening in my life?”

At that point, we were both lying on our side and facing each other.

She looked into my eyes and said something that got me thinking for awhile.

“Papa, I’ve have never seen you more alive than during recent times. You seem to have a new leash of life.”

You know what?

My daughter was absolutely right.

I thrived in challenges. I bloomed when there were troubles all around me.

I came alive when I had mountains that needed to be conquered.

When I was 15 years old (about ten years ago Lol!), Mr John Ho, my elderly Sunday School teacher – bless his good heart – once quoted a verse from the Good Book to me.

He said: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds…” (James 1:2 NIV).

“Pure joy when I’m in trouble?” I thought to myself, “This is utter nonsense!”

At that point, I did not fully grasp the depth of meaning of this wise saying.

As I grew older and after going through my fair share of challenges in life, I’ve proven the profound purpose and significance of this unconventional advice – again and again.

Throughout my life, challenges have become stepping stones to success and not millstones to cause setbacks.

They have softened me, strengthened me, and enlightened me.

Challenges have softened me in the sense that they have humbled me and made me more of a human.

They helped me better understand and feel for people who are facing challenges in their life.

They made me a more empathetic and approachable person.

Challenges strengthened me to become a wiser and better person.

To overcome challenges, I had to improve my knowledge, attitude, skills and habits (KASH) – all of which made me a stronger person.

In the process of resolving challenges, I have learned how to persist and persevere so as to achieve desired results.

They made me more resilient in facing other challenges in life.

Challenges enlightened me to realise that there are many ‘Patrick Liew’s out there who are facing different kinds of challenges. Their challenges can be even worst than mine.

They inspire me to turn failures, problems, and disappointments into an advantage of a higher order.

In that way, I can also help others who are going through challenges in their life.

I want to serve them so that they will not be left behind on the highway and byway of life. Instead, they will become leaders for the good of society.

In short, without confronting challenges, I would have never truly lived and succeeded in anything.

In the evening of my life, I realized that confronting challenges can be a “pure joy.”

In conclusion, please don’t let any challenge go to waste.

There is a proverbial phoenix that can soar from challenges and fly to the stars of dreams.

That phoenix can be you.

Success can be the next step after confronting a challenge.

Success may just be around the next corner.

Fight On!

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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