Honored to be interviewed and featured on one part of the “Truth Series” for Painless Asia.

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We Won Another Recognition!

A funny thing happened on the way to the Champions of Good ceremony to receive a recognition from Mr Heng Swee Keat, Minister of Finance.

The organiser, National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC) requested for photos for its publications and for publicity purposes.

Guess what?

We cannot find any high-res photos of our charity work. Only photos captured through our iPhones.

I told my young assistant that we have probably done more charity work than many other organisations. We have been doing it for years.

However, it has never quite occurred to us to promote ourselves and publicize our good work.

A case of “…don’t let your left hand know what your right hand does…” (Mathew 6:3).

In the booklet given to us during the ceremony, it highlighted that Champions of Good is a recognition of companies that “have not only been exemplary in their corporate giving efforts, but have also been an influencer and multiplier by engaging their partners and stakeholders on a collaborative giving journey.”

They are “recognised as catalysts of change for corporate giving.”

We aspire to do more and do better in promoting, supporting, influencing, catalyzing and multiplying more good works.

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What’s In A Tie?

Why do I wear a tie at work?

In short, I wear a tie for you.

When I first started working, I used to wear a tie because it was part of my employer’s organizational culture and a norm in our industry.

As I grew older and hopefully wiser, I realized that there are many virtues to wearing a tie.

Before I continue, if you are one of those people that do not believe in wearing a tie, I respect your decision.

I also respect whatever reasons you have for making that decision.

Personally, I wear a tie at work as a mark of respect for the people that I meet.

Looking professional is my way of letting the other party know that I am thankful for the opportunity to meet them.

Therefore, I will take the trouble to dress well and look good for the appointment.

This is to show my desire to win their faith in me.

As a result, I hope they will open up to me and we can engage in a meaningful and fulfilling conversation and relationship.

By putting on a tie, it is also my way of communicating to the other party that I am committed to my work.

I will look into the smallest detail to do a good job.

Run many more positive and extra miles for them.

And do everything possible to earn their trust, friendship, respect, loyalty and affection.

When I show up for a meeting with my team, we aim to be well attired.

We want to demonstrate to the other party that we are professionals.

Being professional is not just about what we do but it is also about how we do what we do, right down to putting on a tie and, if appropriate, a business suit at work.

At the same time, we want them to know we work as a team to serve the other party.

We will help them achieve the best possible outcomes and results.

In our industry, we were arguably the first to set the trend for dressing well and looking good.

We are happy to see that many of our counterparts in the industry have also followed our example.

It is our belief that how we do even the smallest detail will influence how we do everything at work and in our lives.

If we cannot handle the smallest of details, we cannot handle major issues and achievements.

By putting on a tie, we are also psychologically motivating ourselves to be confident and operationally-ready to take massive action for the people and environment around us.

Next time when you see us in a tie, remember we put it on…for you.

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How can you develop tenacity?

1. Plan
To develop tenacity, you need to have a plan.

As they say, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”

Tenacity is not about charging into the dark or banging continuously on a solid wall.

You need to develop a plan to ensure that you know where you are heading towards and are prepared to run the race effectively and efficiently.

Continue to improve on the plan until you reach your desired destination.

Your plan should cover where you came from, where you are right now, where you are going to, and how you plan to reach your objective.

Furthermore, it is not good enough to only have a plan but you need to know how to execute the plan well.

Find better ways to reach every milestone on your journey to success.

Question: Do you have a plan to drive you to success?

2. Purpose

Our Creator has planted a purpose in your heart and being.

That purpose is like a fire burning within you.

Unfortunately, for some people, the fire may have been cruelly diminished by the world around them.

Still, a spark would remain. Reignite it.

People might try to crush it but they could not do it because it is the essence of life. Fire it up.

Spend time to reflect on your life. Find that flame or fire, and strike it until it shows you what you should do with your life.

If you know “why” you exist, you will find the “how”.

Your purpose in life will drive your performance and pursuit.

That sense of purpose will support you as you press on to achieve a higher calling and worthier cause.

Question: What is your purpose for living?

3. Pursuit

I’m sure you have heard of the saying, “Life is a marathon and not a sprint.”

To be a good marathon runner, you must choose the right pursuit and be committed to that pursuit.

Believe that the pursuit is worth your time, energy and resources to press on; come what may, to fulfill your dream.

The more inspirational, exciting and fulfilling the pursuit is, the more you will stretch yourself.

The limit of your pursuit is only defined by the limit of your imagination, discipline and perseverance.

Question: What will inspire, motivate and enthuse you to run a marathon race to achieve success?

4. Personality

In the process of growing up, you have developed a unique personality with a set of gifts, advantages and talents.

To run a good race, you need to choose a journey that fits your personality.

Leverage on your strengths so that you can enjoy the race, be productive, and feel more fulfilled.

In doing so, you will be more motivated to improve and achieve better results.

Question: What are the endeavors that will fit your personality? What are the endeavors that will not fit your personality?

5. Passion

We cannot do anything well unless we are passionate about it.

Passion is the essence of life and what drives champions.

Without passion, it will be hard to live a life of purpose, significance and fulfillment.

It is the generator that powers you with energy, vitality and dynamism on the journey of life.

That’s why if you cannot find passion in what you do, your body, mind and soul will not be committed to it.

Passion is the genesis of living a life that is truly worth living.

Question: What are you passionate about?

6. Performance

There is only one life to live and there is no way to wind back the clock to relive your life.

Life is not a dress rehearsal and therefore, you have only one good shot to live a purposeful life and live it to the fullest.

Take note that there are areas that you can excel in because of your unique strengths.

Focus on these areas and put your heart and soul into them.

Choose areas that you are prepared to battle all odds in order to take yourself to a higher level.

By doing that, you can optimize your contributions to the people and environment around you.

Just as importantly, be committed to take massive action to achieve the best possible results.

The key difference between those who merely plan and those who make their plans come true is just one word – execution.

Execution is the ability to act on your dream. It is also the process of improving your action to achieve a greater dream.

Therefore, evaluate your performance constantly so as to take yourself to a higher level.

Question: What are you strong at and how can you continue to improve and excel in it?

7. Priority

To be tenacious, you need to choose the right battles and pace yourself so that you can fight a protracted battle.

Success is about knowing your priorities and fulfilling them accordingly.

Focus on the important things and not just the urgent things.

Important things are those things that can get you the best possible results with your limited resources.

Do not be caught up with what some people called “the tyranny of the urgent”.

In other words, do not do things that seems to grab your attention and effort but they do not contribute equitably to your results.

When you major on the majors, you will be able to optimize the returns on your limited resources.

Reflect and determine what are the actions that you need to start taking or stop taking so that you can get the best returns.

What are the actions that you should do more of – or less of – that can help you reach your desired destination.

Question; What is the most important thing for you to do right now?

8. Progress

As a finite person with limited resources, you need to find leverages that can help you improve your productivity and results.

To leverage means to do ever more with ever less.

As a start, you need to look after your own well-being, including your physical, mental, emotional, and social health.

If you are not fighting fit and strong, you cannot press on and keep pressing on to go farther and faster in life.

Continue to learn, change and improve to get better results.

Without such a mindset, there will be a limit as to what you can do and achieve.

Leverage on ideas, people, systems, technology, strategies, trends, and other resources to help you get better results.

Set up intelligence outposts so that you can benchmark your performance with others.

Adopt proven models and strategies from other parties, and continue to develop new initiatives that will help you achieve ever-improving results.

Question: How can you achieve ever more with ever less so as to achieve ever-improving results?

Tenacity is a mindset, discipline and skill that can be developed and should be developed.

It can also be fine-tuned through a process of constant reviews and commitment to achieve ever-improving productivity and results.

Tenacity comes through taking actions and having the guts, grit and gumption to press on and keep pressing on despite fears, challenges, and failures.

Like muscles, if you keep persevering in the right direction and do it rightly, exercising your tenacity will help you to further strengthen your ability to be tenacious.

Eventually, tenacity will become a part of your mindset, personality, operation and lifestyle.

It will be an important resource that you can leverage upon to help you achieve sustainable success.

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I Could Have Made Tons Of Money! – Part 3

In 1992, I made a brave move to escape from a prison of stifling employment.

I left a well-paid job and a beautiful office at the heart of the Central Business District as a free man.

Free to do whatever I wanted to do, enjoy whatever I wanted to enjoy, and achieve whatever I wanted to achieve for a good cause.

Or, at least that was what I had hoped to accomplish in the near future.

Little did I know that it would be a long, steep and rocky climb to freedom.

Along the way, there were many temptations to take a shortcut.

All it took was to compromise on my integrity and sell a part of my soul. Simple and easy decisions.

Let me share some examples with you.

I was a co-founder of a company that was listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX).

We were also arguably the largest personal development organiser in the world.

There was one time we were solicited to promote a vice in one of our seminars.

The potential profit was no small potato, and it amounted to a six-figure sum of money per campaign.

Truth be told, my partner and I did not reject the offer immediately.

Like all good leaders working on a major project, we seek wise counsel.

Perhaps, at some small little corners of our minds, we were hoping that there was a way to justify the deal.

One of our highly-respected spiritual mentors told us, “It’s ok. Take the money from the devil and use the money for good.”

In the end, our troubled mind and sleepless nights made us felt that it was not morally right.

It was not worth abandoning our principles and values for any cost.

Another time, my team and I were building a technology company with a view of listing the company on Nasdaq.

That technology company was underwritten by a prominent investment bank for a relatively high price/earnings ratio.

In other words, the bigger the profit, the higher would be our company’s market capitalization.

Likewise, the higher the company’s market capitalization, the richer would be our personal net worth and status in the business world.

At that point, I was doing a lot of businesses in emerging economies.

I had a lot of contacts with high-level and not-so-straight government officials.

It was not difficult to be involved in corruptions to improve our financial bottom lines.

For instance, there was a government official who once showed me a beautiful piece of land.

He told me, “Just do the right things and this land is all yours.”

Obviously, “just do the right things” was not the right thing.

The lucrative gift of a land was so loaded with dark meanings that there was no need for any elaboration from the official.

There was no need for any negotiation too.

It was understood that the deal would work to our profits and advantages.

I responded to the official without any hesitation.

“It’s okay. I would like to look at other ways to contribute to your province and the economy.”

Much later, I also ran a real estate company that was eventually listed on the Singapore Exchange (SGX).

I loved the industry and I still do, but unfortunately it had a dark side, especially during a downturn.

When I first joined the industry, I was taught many illegal and unethical practices.

Those practices were prevalent in many sectors of the market.

The leaders, trainers, lawyers and veterans who perpetuated these practices even have a name for them.

From “cash back”, “cash down”, “silver bullets”, “fishing”, “alternative money lending”, to “putting customers in the pocket” – every tactic was designed to take their customers for a long ride.

I decided that my company would not participate in any of those practices.

A Code of Honour was crafted and our people had to carry the printed Code together with their identification tags to remind them about setting a high standard of ethos and conduct.

I warned my people, “If I catch any of you doing anything illegal or unethical, I will personally drive you to the authorities, lock you up, and throw the keys away.”

You could imagine the amount of businesses and profits that I had lost as a result of standing on high moral ground.

As a market leader, we were also given first-mover options to participate in many shady deals, including land scams, overpriced properties, phantom projects, and crooked deals.

Over the years, I must have walked away from hundreds of millions of dollars offered to me both above and under the table.

Do I have any regrets?

Absolutely not.

If history could repeat itself, I would not hesitate to reject those appealing offers again.

To many, the concept of success is purely about achieving a personal goal and enjoying the benefits of achieving the goal.

A successful person is frequently defined by his personal net worth, position, power, possession, pleasure, prestige and privilege.

In the pursuit of success, there was a lack of or no consideration for people, communities, the society, and the environment.

As a result, we have seen abuses of labour, harms to humanity, unnecessary destructions of natural resources, and degradations of planet Earth.

Success should not just be a focus on material wealth and achievement nor be measured and evaluated by these factors.

Success should not be about forging ahead at the expense of others.

It should also not be about improving one’s socioeconomic status while leaving others behind in life.

In the process of producing better results, a good human should also reach out to help others raise their levels of performances and accomplishments.

Share in the responsibility of helping the last, the least, the lonely, and the lost who do not enjoy the same position, power and privilege as himself.

Working purely for success is likened to working for the road and not reaching a desired destination.

Ultimately, the end purpose of success should be about raising well-being of the people and the environment around you.

In Chinese philosophy, one of the key pursuits in life is to learn how to be a human (做人).

The Chinese were encouraged to take a more holistic, balanced, calibrated, and values-based approach in being a good human and living a good life.

There is a proverb that says, “学做事, 先要学做人.”

In other words, before any attempt to achieve anything, one should learn how to be a human.

There’s another proverb that says, “只要讲诚信, 做人并不难.”

What it means is that, if one has honour, integrity and honesty, it is not difficult to learn how to be a human.

To be human, it starts from an inside job.

When the internal world is right, it is easier to develop the external world.

In essence, becoming a human starts with being a moral, responsible, productive, and useful person.

It should be defined from the perspective of a human’s unique personality, advantages, and aspirations.

And measured from his contributions to the economy, community and society.

Therefore, success should have many definitions.

It is about how a good human should leverage on his strengths to put to right many of the wrongs that crossed his path and the wrongs that are out there in the world.

Ultimately, success is about touching lives, blessing families, improving communities, and making the world a better home.

Call me an idealist if you will, but I believe that if every one of us join hands together and do our part as humans to spread more love, compassion and kindness, we can make our world a better home.

We can also inspire a new generation to address social injustice.

Together, we can leave a brighter future for our children and our children’s children.

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I Could Have Made Tons Of Money! – Part 2

After my graduation, I did not make any major plans for my career.

It was clear in my mind that I was far from smart and talented and so, I was prepared to accept whatever came along.

Yet, I had an amazingly “lucky” streak in the employment world.

Somehow, I had always felt that Somebody up there had been guiding me, even when

I was not opened to a better way.

He sent His angels to watch over and protect me.

At various points, wise guides (贵人) would somehow cross my paths and show me the right directions.

For all that, I am eternally grateful and thankful.

I would never have imagined that a simple “kampung” (village) boy would eventually travel the world and experience so much in life.

In my first job, I worked with two English gentlemen.

They empowered me to grow the company, way before empowerment became a buzzword in business literature.

They gave me the latitude to plan, lead, organize and control our organization even though I was not appointed to manage its operation.

It was hard to believe, but I was able to move up the organizational hierarchy in the business world almost on a yearly basis.

By the time I reached 28 years of age, I was leading and managing a business operation.

At 31 years of age I was left very much on my own to run the regional office of a multinational company.

As many would know, great power can lead to great irresponsibility, corruption and wrongdoing.

As a young man who had literally tripped into corridors of power, and having known what pleasures money can buy, I was placed in a vulnerable position.

It was a constant battle to stay on the straight and narrow path.

For example, as a head honcho, I had a wide bandwidth to decide on business proposals to customers and offer contracts to suppliers.

I cannot tell you how many times I had been offered “special benefits” in exchange for my endorsement and better deals.

Bear in mind, I grew up at a time when corruption was still a part of business practice.

As they used to say, “On one hand, it cannot be done.
“On the other hand (demonstrated by putting a hand under the table), everything is possible.”

Were the “benefits” offered to me appealing and enriching? Yes.

Did they move me? No.

Long time ago, I was taught that I should never take the easy and unclean road to be rich and wealthy.

As the Good Book would say, “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” (Mark 8:36).

What’s the point of making a lot of money only to lose my soul?

Besides, I have been taught by many teachers that with dreams, persistence and massive action, I can achieve my dreams.

That way, I can stand tall and be happy over the achievements.

Through many of such experiences, I learned that the greatest poverty is not a poverty of money.

The greatest poverty is a poverty of dreams.

When there is nothing to look forward to, and nothing to live and fight for, life is likened to a feather carried by the aimless winds of life.

There is nothing more tragic than to live without a sense of meaning, purpose and significance.

When you hold on with determination to your high calling, you can tap on the infinite wealth that our Creator has prepared for you.

He has opened for you a personal checking account with unlimited resources that you can draw upon to fulfill His worthwhile causes.

Poverty of character and values is another one of the worst diseases that plagues different parts of society.

Ultimately, people will see beyond the glitter and glamour and right through to your heart.

It is not what you have but how you gave, not the quantity of your possessions but the quality of your contributions that determine true wealth.

Furthermore, there is no quality that defines poverty as much as a poverty of humility.

When you think you are bigger than what you really are and worse, when you think you are better than the others, you push yourself over the cliff of true wealth and into the dark abyss of life.

On the way down, there are no helping hands because you could have unwittingly rejected them.

Even if there are people there to help you, the lack of humility will continue to prevent you from breaking the fall and climbing back to your rightful place.

When you examine the overall scheme of life, you will realize that many people’s perception of wealth and poverty is narrow and incomplete .

There is a need to re-evaluate your belief on wealth and poverty so that you can live a full life and live life to the fullest.

Ultimately, poverty becomes permanent when there is a poverty of the right action. When you do not take the right action and enough of them, you will never improve your lot in life.

Somehow, you will find yourself going round in circles and regressing in life. You may never escape the clutches of poverty.

Break this vicious cycle and and you will put yourself on the path to sustainable wealth.

Go4It!

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I Could Have Made Tons Of Money! – Part 1

Many people who had looked back on their past will regret over wasted opportunities to get rich quickly.

I, on the other hand, can look back on many opportunities to get rich quickly but I have never regretted for not capitalizing on these opportunities.

Throughout my life, I have struck gold or had money dropped into my lap on many occasions.

However, I have walked away from those unclean wealth.

A case in point is when I was a student, I had to earn my keep by working at the defunct Sungei Road Flea Market.

In the days of old, Sungei Road Flea Market was sometimes known as the Thieves Market.

I was working as an honest hawker selling all kinds of clothing.

But it was not the most lucrative trade.

There were many opportunities to earn a quick buck by getting involved in different illegal and unethical activities.

For example, at the lower end in the chain of darkness, a young boy could be paid handsomely by helping gambling dens to act as a lookout for the police.

Then, there were more money to be made as a petty thief, pickpocket, and purse-snatcher.

At the higher end, I could get rich real fast by peddling drugs and being involved with other evil activities.

In addition to working in Sungei Road Flea Market, I was working as a kitchen help and a waiter at a restaurant.

As the youngest of the crew, I was taught by my older colleagues on various ways to “earn” extra benefits.

For instance, I could bring home some of the food items and other things in the restaurant.

And pocket some money without billing the customers.

Was I ever tempted to earn those dirty money?

Not for a moment.

Wisdom from the street taught me the “easy come, easy go” principle.

If you earned easy money, you could lose them easily too.

Furthermore, never mucked around with karma.

The evil that you did would return to you multifold.

I just could not live with and live down any act of wrongdoing and sense of guilt.

If that happened, I would never be able to sleep well.

And I loved my sleep too much to sacrifice any part of it for money.

My street name was “Siow” which sounded like “Crazy” in Hokkien.

Some of my childhood friends still call me by that nickname.

I may be crazy but I am not crazy enough to play the fool with my integrity, my life, and my future.

To be continued…

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