Finding Life In The Desert

All around me, it was almost pitch black.

Flickering flames from a dying campfire were casting shadowy lights on my family, our guide, and me.

It was the night of Thursday, 21 December 2017.

The day before I was told that we would be camping at a remote place in the Sahara Desert.

“It will be a wonderful camping experience,” our guide had told us.

That experience might have been wonderful if I had been better prepared for the cold desert.

As an old man from the tropics, I had never known that harsh desert winds could blow right through my bones.

At the least, that was how I felt as the chilly winds slowly froze the core of my being.

Deep into that night, I felt like the dying flames and the millions of stars above me were whispering messages to my heart.

Sharing age-old wisdom from the vast desert and hills in the horizon.

That night, as I gazed into the dark boundless infinity, the clarity of desert silence began to illuminate my mind.

In times past, the desert has often been used to depict the drama of life.

Its undulating sand dunes were used as metaphors to portray passages of struggles for both survival and fulfillment.

Between the desert and hills, the sun laid a spiritual convergence of space, time and history.

That was why many philosophers, prophets, pilgrims and poets have gone deep into the mysterious desert in search of enlightenment.

Some have found their solace in the desert; their inspirations and guiding stars in the barren land.

A pilgrimage into the desert can be a pilgrimage to find the wisdom of life.

As pilgrims journey through a seemingly endless carpet of sands, they can find a creed of the desert.

The same creed that humanity should subscribe to in order to find life.

To every earnest pilgrim, the desert unveils a unique message – a message that he needs to hear for himself and to have a breakthrough to move forward.

But he needs to listen to the messages and not just hear them.

Listen long, deep and hard and with all his five senses.

And also listen to lessons from the sands, the clouds, the stars, the winds, the waters, the shrubs, the coyotes, and all the other teachers and story-tellers in the desert.

Many pilgrims pursue silence in the desert to find the forgotten silence that resides within themselves.

That inner silence had almost disappeared or had been drowned by noises of modern life.

In contemplative solitude and stillness, there is nowhere to go to with all fads and fancies gone.

When there is an absence of meaningless sounds, they find the presence of timeless wisdom.

In their searching, struggling and striving for truths, they touch their own souls.

As they prepare their hearts and minds, silence will speak to them.

While seeking the unknown and the unknowable, they lose themselves.

And in losing themselves, they find their true selves.

If they seek intently, they will come across different metaphorical maps, mirrors and mirages in the desert.

These are riddles that are waiting to be solved by the pilgrims.

In doing so, they can find out who they thought they were and who they really are.

Eventually, when they look upwards, they can discover who they should be and should become.

While meditating about life and about themselves, they will find their true callings and a sense of hope.

When there are no other unnecessary desire and expectation, they will find the ways out of their spiritual deserts.

The potentials and possibilities within them will bloom like dormant flowers in a hot and dry desert.

They will also become more in touch with realities and more sensitive to the people and the environments around them.

To press on towards the stars of their dreams, they must be prepared to face perceptions of a heartless sun, mindless sand dunes, and lifeless winds and sandstorms.

However, they can take a leaf from the desert.

The desert has hardly any rain or water in sight and yet, it can create beauty with whatever it has.

Therefore, in their struggles for breakthroughs, pilgrims can still thrive through pursuits of their stars.

Come alive through purpose of their labours.

And be enlivened by the progress of their performances and passion of their partners.

When they learn to irrigate a desolate ground in the desert, they can produce milk and honey to bring forth life.

Many have said that there is nothing much to see and own in the desert.

For true pilgrims who live long enough in a desert, they will realize that they do not need to possess many things.

They oftentimes carry too many things on their backs when all they need are essentials such as water.

Sometimes, they need to go to the desert to truly appreciate the beauty and values of those essentials.

Just as importantly, they will be awakened by the need to constantly fill themselves with riches of wisdom.

When wisdom dawns upon them, the desert can no longer be a vast wasteland.

They can find beauty in every corner.

Savour every flora and fauna; be in awe and wonder with every blade of grass, every leaf and flower.

An ordinary desert can support a wider variety of plants than many gardens, wetlands, prairies or forests.

In simplicity, pilgrims can flourish and reach a higher plane.

If they can survive and succeed in a desert, they can be better prepared and positioned to reach the worthwhile stars of their dreams.

However, if they only serve their self-pride and self-interests, they are like draining a desert of precious water, producing no fruit for others and eventually, creating a wilderness in their souls.

That wilderness can be more frightening than the wilderness of a desert.

In the desert, the sun can be eclipsed by the moon.

The moon has to give way for a new day.

In the same way, when people cling on to meaningless pursuits, they are like standing on shifting sands.

Devoting their lives to pursuing mirages in a desert and morning dews.

Their spirits will eventually become a spiritually-barren desert.

Past accolades, awards and achievements that serve no purpose will come to no avail.

Soon, all their rewards and recognitions will be blown away like footprints on desert sands.

Some will take life into their own hands and think that they are bigger than what they really are.

The desert of life will find a way to remind them that they are but a speck in a vast land.

They can run on and on, but they will only get thirstier and thirstier.

Whatever possessions they have can be easily taken away from them.

Their lives may come to an end in an uninhabited desert.

If they thirst for wisdom as much as they struggle to quench their deep thirsts, they will find an oasis of wisdom.

Wisdom that will quench their physical thirsts and other kinds of healthy thirsts in their lives.

In the desert, humility prevails.

Those who think they know it all can be destroyed by sandstorms and be damaged by other dangers lurking in the desert.

Humility is the first lesson to be learned before learning other lessons.

Without humility and a thirst for progress, the human spirit is an expanding desert waste of fear, ignorance and apathy.

In moments of thirst and hunger, they should learn to look up and trust our Creator or they will die.

In the depths of their struggles, He can help them uncover a spring of fresh water even in the vast wasteland.

He can cause a little shrub to bloom in their hearts and produce a sweet fragrance for them and to their surroundings.

For every sunset in the desert, the sun will rise again for another day of restoration and renewal.

Back to my story, that night I fell asleep with ions of wisdom floating through and around my mind.

The wisdom that has existed since the beginning of time cannot simply be put into words.

In my heart of hearts, I know that whenever I am ready, our Creator will prepare a desert for me.

Whenever I need a desert, the desert will always be there for me.

Go4It!

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The Top 10 Highlights Of My Life in 2017 (Not in order of priority)

Five years ago, I was inspired by Andrew Chow to reflect on the year that has passed, then select and share the top 10 highlights of the year.

As I reflect on 2017, I continue to praise our Creator and give Him all the glory for another wonderful year.

2017 is one of the best years in my life.

I feel like the dots of the past are being connected to create crescendos of praise and worship, gratitude, purpose, service, contribution, achievement, fun and fulfillment.

While I’m excited about the blessings in 2017, I believe that the best years have yet to come.

Throughout the year, I’ve grappled with many possibilities and come to grips with opportunities that will take me to a higher level.

I’ve met many wonderful people and developed great relationships with them.

I’ve also had many great experiences that gave me a heightened sense of purpose, meaning, excitement and fulfillment.

I had a hard time picking the top ten highlights for 2017 because there were too many highlights and all of them were exciting for different reasons.

After a long deliberation, here’s my final shortlist.

The highlights in the shortlist are not listed in order of priority.

1. Journey of Learning, Improvement and Growth

In 2016, I continued my learning journey as a work-in-progress – a journey to improve my personal and professional life, and enhance my growth and contribution to humanity.

I continued to invest time, money and effort to meditate, reflect, pray, read, journal, attend classes and seminars, seek coachings and mentorship, ask questions, teach, network, learn online, write, brainstorm, create and innovate, participate in mastermind groups, advise, consult, visit exhibitions, and practise many other ways to improve myself.

Entrusted my life to our Creator to help me maximize my potential and bring out the best in me.

So far, I’ve completed a doctorate degree, two masters’ degrees, a bachelor degree, and nine other professional qualifications.

Attended many other learning programmes and have benefitted immensely from them.

Having said that, please note that I’m not on a paper chase. I’m among the last to believe that exams and grades should be allowed to define our lives.

Truth be told, I’ve lost most of my educational certificates.

I appreciate the values of lifelong learning to help me stay relevant and become an important net contributor to the people and environment around me.

I believe in the battle cry – learn or die!

In other words, the day that you stop learning is the day you start to decay and die.

Therefore, continue to learn until the last day of your life.

After another year of learning, I feel young and like a totally new person.

In 2018, I plan to read many books and craft deeper reflections about life, services and achievements.

I will also be pursuing many other learning opportunities and experiences.

I thank all my teachers, including those who had crossed my path for only a brief moment, for sharing their thoughts, experiences and lessons with me.

Please continue to teach me.

Join me in my “Slow Learners Club”?

2. Journey of Firing Up Dreams and Acting On Them

I’m a firm believer that dreamers create and re-create a better world.

The quality of their dreams can determine the quality of their lifestyles and achievements.

I’ve always taught my students to become visionaries and dream a Humongous, Electrifying, Life-Changing, and Magnetic (HELM) dream.

Such a dream will stretch them and help them to be passionate about their dreams and lives.

The dream will also help to change their lives and attract people to help them turn the dream into reality. Correspondingly, it’ll attract them to take massive actions to turn their own dreams into reality.

After my second “retirement,” I crafted a new dream.

To help generate more financial donations for a good cause than Mr. Bill Gates (Go ahead and laugh. I can take it).

The plan is simple.

I endeavor to inspire selected people to earn more than $10,000,000 so that they will give away at least $1,000,000 to charity.

I have conducted different ways of helping many people on a pro bono basis. They include seminars, mentorships, coachings, and trainings as well as advisory, counselling, and befriending sessions.

I want to inspire entrepreneurs, community leaders, students, and other deserving participants to achieve greater successes and fulfillment.

In doing so, they will donate their time, talents and treasures, including money to charity.

In 2017, I’ve spoken to more people in closed door sessions than I’ve ever done in my life.

I believe at some point, my dream will come true but more importantly, the world will become a much better home from it.

I’m excited about my goal. It has unleashed me for a life of passion, energy, and massive actions.

3. Journey of Fighting Poverty

Since 1972, when I was still in school and an idealistic boy (I’m still idealistic), I wanted to help eradicate two of the biggest problems in the world – poverty and war.

I thought to myself, if I could eradicate poverty, I would be able to eradicate war.

After all, if nobody is in need of anything, they would stop killing one another, wouldn’t they?

Much later, I learned from gurus such as the late Dr. Buckminster Fuller that there are adequate resources to eradicate poverty.

However, if you offer these resources, including money to the poor, many of them will eventually be poor again.

They will waste their money away and perhaps, that’s one of the key reasons why they are poor in the first place. They will not be inclined to learn, improve, and take action.

The poor don’t need a handout, they need a helping hand.

More than anything else, they need to improve their financial literacy/intelligence.

Financial intelligence is defined as the ability to create, save, invest, grow, protect, and spend money wisely.

Improving financial intelligence is one of the most effective ways to eradicate poverty.

The desire to help others improve their financial intelligence was a key driving factor in getting me to go back to school again.

I pursued a doctorate course of study and completed a dissertation revolving around financial intelligence at the University of Southern California in 2015.

I aim to leverage on the knowledge and expertise that I’ve received over the years to mentor, train, coach, and guide others to improve their financial position and results.

I hope to inspire others and even governments, non-governmental organizations, enterprises, religious organizations, and other entities to join me to improve financial literacy level and fight poverty.

Together, we can eradicate poverty.

Someday, the next generation will point to our generation and say, “That was the generation that got their act together. They joined hands together, fought poverty, and relegated poverty to history.”

In the near future, a small kid will visit a museum and point to exhibits on poverty and ask his parents, “What is poverty?”

The fight against poverty continues…

4. Journey of Moulding and Shaping Young Lives and Contributing to Society

As Chairman of Junior Achievement Singapore – a charity that conducts life skills training for students – I’m happy that we have enrolled more than 1700 volunteers to help us trained more than 110,000 students so far.

We trained young people in skills such as entrepreneurship, financial literacy, success, and work effectiveness skills on a pro bono basis so that they will be in a better position to succeed at work and in life.

I have also started teaching entrepreneurship, investment and other life skills.

I look forward to more opportunities to share my knowledge and skills with even more people in 2018.

5. Journey of Great Investments

As an active investpreneur, despite everything that doomsayers and naysayers had said, I enjoyed one of the highest ROIs in 2017.

I continued to invest in properties, businesses, stocks and other instruments of investments.

Over the years, my portfolio of investments has risen exponentially in total nett asset value.

Financial investment is not rocket science. You don’t have to fight “Star Wars” to achieve tangible and sustainable results.

There are sound investment strategies and techniques that you can use to strengthen your financial position and assets.

I’m happy that my business start-up blew my mind away with its financial bottom line.

Within 2.5 years, I believe our business can qualify to win an Enterprise 50 Award.

Unfortunately, we are too young and can only show two sets of audited accounts for the competition.

I wish more people will aspire to learn more about business and financial investment so that they can live a better life and increase their donations for worthwhile causes.

6. Journey of Teaching Others about Investments

In 2017, I have decided to step up my commitment to teach more people on how to invest and improve their financial income, competence, and growth.

The paradoxical truth is that the more I teach, the more I believe I am able to learn and become a better entrevestor.

What’s more, I can hunt as a pack with students. We can help each other source better opportunities, manage threats, and generate better returns.

In my passionate quest to help them achieve better returns, I have discovered some great investment strategies.

I’m testing these strategies in the field right now to make sure they work.

As I have always said, it only takes one good investment idea to make tons of money. And I have a few of them in my arsenal now.

In 2018, I plan to make my disciples fall off their chairs and jump with joy with some radical investment breakthroughs.

Look out for it!

7. Journey of Improving My Thought Processes and Inspiring Others through Writing

Since young, I had struggled with speaking and writing proper English, and I’m still struggling with it.

In 2017, I continued to develop and improve my writing skills through journaling, blogging, writing to the press, posting on my website, and crafting comments on social media.

I’m glad that I was once chosen as a “Writer of The Week” by The Straits Times.

Besides writing to the public, I continue to provide feedback to the Government as a responsible and active citizen.

I’m not shy to share my two cents’ worth on how to improve the community and country.

I’ll continue to do my small little part to strengthen Singapore’s position as one of the most admired countries in the world.

In total, I have crafted more than 2500 organic, zero-calorie, hypoallergenic, contaminant-free, and purely organic Love Notes to inspire readers to make full use of their lives and live a full life.

In this coming year, I aim to complete a few more items on my bucket list.

I want to produce a table-top book of inspiring messages and a CD of at least 10 original songs with lyrics adapted from my writings. I’ll also be writing a home-study manual for investment and producing a series of short multimedia learning programmes.

8. Journey of Public Service and Contribution

I have provided leadership and advisory services to charities, a national sports association, a family service centre, grassroots organizations, professional bodies, a government-appointed forum, and other non-government organisations.

On 9 August 2016, together with some friends, we started SG Serve, another charity to look after the poor, needy and disadvantaged.

I’m very proud of our volunteers for turning SG Serve into a national movement and it’s still growing at a faster pace than expected.

Through the two centers at Little India, we continue to look after the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and vocational needs of our migrant workers.

In addition, I have also been involved in raising funds for local charities and crisis relief efforts.

In 2017, together with a group of friends, we had organised an educational seminar at the Suntec Convention Centre to raise funds for the victims of Typhoons Haima and Nock-ten in the Philippines.

We also ran a charity dinner in the Grand Ballroom at the Orchard Mandarin Hotel for SG Serve and the Wrestling Federation of Singapore.

I continued to be a “professional beggar” for good causes and have helped to raise more than $300,000 to fund different charity projects in 2017.

Fundraising is not the easiest of work. It’s certainly not a task that most of us would like to do but it has to be done to ensure the survival and success of any charity body.

I organise these fundraising projects as a way to inspire others to actively participate in and support a good cause. When they seek to bless others, they will be blessed too.

So, if I come to you and “beg” you for donation, please don’t find an excuse to put down the phone or run away from me. I don’t have that many friends left to “abuse” now. Lol!

If possible, send me a private message now to donate to our next few charity projects in 2018, starting with raising of funds to support crisis relief efforts for victims of natural disasters, new projects to organise regular gatherings for the elderly, food distribution programmes, and other charity projects.

I am grateful to be given the opportunity to be of service to different communities and the society. These involvements have enriched my life and made me a better person.

My team and I are honored to receive the Champion of Good recognition from the National Voluntary and Philanthropy Centre (NVPC).

9. Journey of Transforming the Business World

On 1 July 2011, my wife and I exchanged most of our shares in a public-listed real estate company for an 8-figure worth of money. The news has been splashed all over the mass media.

I walked out of the industry (退出江湖) a totally free man. Free to do whatever I want and have whatever time and resources needed to do it.

Many of my friends patted me on my back. They sent me many compliments and accolades.

They congratulated me and looked up to me as a model of their dream. A dream of every entrepreneur to take a company public, hand it over to a capable and resourceful leader, and move on to pursue the best of life.

Even my competitors who obviously hated me like poison in the past said words such as, “All the barbs we threw at you were just business. Nothing personal.

“You’re a good guy and you deserve to retire from the industry at the top and to enjoy a wonderful life ahead. Well done!”

Subsequently, I went on to accomplish many other dreams and ticked off many items off my bucket list.

They included completing my doctoral studies; raising funds to help start at least 5 charity centres; and supporting many other humanitarian and philanthropic initiatives.

Traveling around the world. Dining in the finest restaurants. Having fun in the best playgrounds.

Mentoring many successful investors and entrepreneurs. Investing in a few promising businesses.

Helping to list another company in the US.

Working on helping other entrepreneurs to grow their businesses. Teaching business owners and CEOs to list their companies on a reputable securities exchange.

Giving lectures to thousands all over the world. Crafting many of my thoughts, experiences, and learning lessons on paper.

While I was enjoying my life, there was yet a void in my heart. There was something else I needed to do.

I did not feel that I was blessed so that I can just have a good life.

Deep in my heart, a dream was beginning to take shape. A higher calling was stirring in my being.

I did not fully understand this dream and the calling until awhile later.

Our founding father, the late Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, once quoted, “The human being needs a challenge, and my advice to every person in Singapore and elsewhere: Keep yourself interested, have a challenge.”

After talking to my counsellors and advisors, I affirmed again that I have one keen interest – entrepreneurship and investment.

Every molecule in my body shouts a business message. If you cut my veins, don’t be surprised that business opportunities will flow out.

Truth be told, I left the business world but the business world never left me.

In 2018, I plan to be proactive in the business world. There’s an unfinished business to be completed.

It’s not only about pioneering new business models. Not about growing companies. And absolutely nothing to do with profits – although all these are critical and important.

I believe with all my heart that if we are going to turn the world upside down or right-side up, we need a fourth key – every one of us in the business world.

When the private sector works closely with the public and people sectors, we can overcome challenges that the world is facing.

If every one of us join hands together and do our part to spread more love, compassion and kindness, we can make our world a better home.

We can also inspire a new generation to put to right all the wrongs in society. We can leave a better world for our children and our children’s children.

That’s why, I AM BACK (我重出江湖了)!

10. Journey of “Changing Lives Globally”

In 1990, my partner and I had a simple dream.

The simple dream? To change the world through world-class education.

Specifically, to engage world-class gurus to deliver cutting-edged messages to help our fellow humans change their lives and the world around them.

Today, Success Resources has customers from every continent except the Arctic and the Antarctic. (We are still waiting for the polar bears to register for our seminar to upgrade themselves. Lol!)

From President Bill Clinton, Prime Minister Tony Blair, Richard Branson, Donald Trump, T. Harv Eker to Robert Kiyosaki, we have worked with some of the best in the world.

We have become arguably the largest personal seminar organizer in the world.

As a publicly listed company on ASX, we will press on in pressing on to fulfil our corporate mission – “Changing Lives Globally.”

As long as there is one more person, one more community, one more country in need of improving and achieving better results, we will be there. The revolution continues…

Looking to the future, I’m excited about my dream, vision, plan, action, and experience.

In conclusion, I want to say that deep in my heart, I want to fulfil our Creator’s blueprint for my life.

I want to continue to reach out to ordinary persons on the street and help them live an extraordinary life.

I’m grateful for and thankful to our Creator, my family, friends, colleagues, customers, and partners.

All of you have walked the journey with me and 2017 has been a great year. I have enjoyed every single moment of the journey and I’m thankful to each and every one of you for leading me, and standing by and behind me.

As the original Kampong Ah Boy (and now Kampong Ah Pek), I would never have imagined then that I would one day have a chance to travel all over the world, dine with Presidents and Prime Ministers, learn from world-class gurus, and enjoy the finest that life can offer.

I wrote this reflection in a hotel while having an overseas retreat with some of my colleagues and having a wonderful time.

My heart is filled – and in fact, overwhelmed – with gratitude, thankfulness, and appreciation for everything in my life.

I’m a work-in-progress and far from perfect.

Please forgive me if I have done anything wrong to you.

In 2018, please continue to teach me. Help me to live by one of my values:

The best way to live my life is to live my life for others. The more I reach out to bless the others, the richer and better my life will become.

By the love and grace of our God, I plan to make 2018 the best year ever in my life.

I’ll continue to fulfil my vision to build more dream-chasers, value-multipliers, change-makers, and world-beaters.

What about you? How do you plan to make 2018 the best year in your life?

Go4It!

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

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An Optimist’s (or Simpleton’s) Brief Prediction for 2018

1. At the beginning of 2017, there were concerns about rise of nationalism and nativism, underpinned by Trump’s political manifesto and battle cry to make America great again, and underlying forces driving Brexit.

Political victories by Merkel, Macron and other leaders show that the developed world is not ready to erect walls and build a more protectionist, defensive, and a more regulated economy.

Instead, it is committed to have a rule-based international order and to develop a progressive and hopefully, a compassionate globalized economy.

Regional blocs, such as the EU and ASEAN, will become more compelled to close ranks. There will be a stronger drive to complete regional agreements such as the CPTPP and RCEP in response to influence of stronger economies such as the U.S., China and other competitive blocs.

Notwithstanding the need for a more peaceful world, there will be increased military spending to strengthen geo-political influence and security, and combat extreme terrorism.

2. The U.S. will continue to look inward to resolve many of its domestic issues, and prepare for the midterm election due in November 2018. It will have a lesser influential role in global affairs.

The EU will continue to focus on enhancing its unity, coming to grips with Brexit, and maintaining its edge.

As a result, China and Russia will expand their circles of influence.

Russia will leverage on its influence online and in the Middle East.

China and India will be the fastest growing economies. They will have undue influence politically, economically and militarily.

China will continue to shift from a labor-intensive to a higher value-added service market; and from a “made in China” to a “created in China” economy. There will be a balance between being an investment-dependent economy and a consumption-based economy.

China has been offering candies and cookies, especially to gain support for its Belt and Road Initiative, and will continue to do so in order to strengthen its ties with many Asian and African countries.

3. Trump’s conflicting views and potential conflicts of interests – potential conflicts between him and the electoral base, and potential conflicts of views between him and members of his team and with members of the Senate and House of Representatives will cause greater unreliability, unpredictability and uncertainty.

This will underpin increased volatility in the economy and the investment market, resulting in knee-jerk reactions and sharp movements.

4. Trump’s projected expansionary policies will increase budget deficit, put upward pressures on inflationary rates, and increase interest rates.

In the short-term, we are already seeing – and will continue to see – flight of capital to the U.S. and strengthening of the greenbacks.

5. The global economy will grow modestly.

There’ll be increasing inflationary rates across the developed world, and central banks will be pressured to tighten monetary policies and introduce heterodox measures to tame undue inflation.

6. In Singapore, there will be a reshuffling of the cabinet in 2018.

By then, the possible candidates to become first among equal will be shortlisted to three candidates, namely, Chan Chun Sing, Ong Ye Kung and Heng Swee Keat.

The 4G leadership team will run key positions in the cabinet. They will be more active in crafting policies and directions for the nation.

As we move closer to the next General Election, there will be lesser price increase for public goods.

The ruling government will strengthen its socialist roots to improve social safety net for the poor and needy, including those who fall between the cracks.

There will be more resources being apportioned to re-skill our people for the new economy, especially the senior PMETs.

The government will look into more holistic ways to look after the elderly (in view of the forthcoming silver tsunami), children of disadvantaged families, retrenched and displaced workers, and those who are physically challenged.

In the short-term, the government will have to step up to improve total fertility rate as it will have a major impact on our economy and society in the future.

The ruling party will leverage on the 200th anniversary celebration of the founding of modern Singapore in 2019 to entrench its political position for the next General Election.

Singapore’s economy will expand by about 3-3.5 per cent. It will continue to go through a challenging time to redesign and re-make the economy.

SMEs will go through a tough time to have a stable and secure footing in the new world of disorder. There will likely be more belt-tightening measures in response to the VUCA environment.

Retrenchment and unemployment rate will increase in the short- to mid-term, especially among senior PMETs which will be on the rise.

The government will continue to introduce different measures in response to recommendations by the Committee on the Future Economy to improve capacity, develop new markets, help re-skill vulnerable workers, and to boost innovation and value-creating programmes.

A higher allocation of Budget 2018 should be deployed to strengthen the economy, support business growth and ensure that our workers are productive in the new economy.

7. Government’s land sales will deliver 7,400 units to the market. In addition, collective recent sales will add another 9,300 units; notwithstanding there’s a lag time of 1-2 years before they come on stream.

All these units will weigh on the current over-supplied market.

The current heat in the market is driven by pent-up demand, hype from the mass media, sentiments from the ground, biddings from overseas players, and need for developers to grow their land banks.

The rental market is still sluggish and the government has no urgent intention to remove the cooling measures. Political reality suggests that the ruling government is less inclined to want the market to become bullish, especially as we edge towards the next General Election.

While sentiments can drive up the market in the short-term, the reality of supply and demand factors will hit home in the mid- to long-term,.

There’s no need to rush into the property market in the belief that there will be a V-shaped turn in the near future.

The authorities will be watching the property market closely to ensure that it will not be overheated and more importantly, it will not affect the ruling party’s political currency.

The underlying intention is that the property market will grow in tandem with the projected growth of the economy. Having said that, the growth will not be broad-based and will only be applicable in selected areas that are underpinned by positive fundamentals.

8. The world is at an inflection point to herald the advent of a new age, supported by accelerated growth of advanced technology.

If Singapore plays our game well, we can be one of the fulcrums of a neo-Renaissance Age.

Singapore can be a vital toll gate for global trade.

We can be an essential hub and spoke, and the node, router and connector of international commerce.

How then should you respond?

Unpredictability is not an enemy. Uncertainty is not a foe.

Look out for silver linings in every dark cloud.

For example, threats to the economy and trade disputes will trigger knee-jerk responses and overreactions in the investment markets.

There’ll be under-valued assets that will yield positive gains for mid- to long-term investors.

For entrepreneurs, the economic slowdown is one of the best times to fine-tune business models, increase market shares, improve operations, and prepare for an upturn.

In a challenging environment, there’ll be increasing demand for bonds and asset-backed investments.

Singapore will become more appealing as a safe haven.

Many foreign investors, such as Chinese investors, may hedge value of their assets, arbitrage foreign currency movements, and invest in selected properties for mid- to long-term gains.

There will be good buys in both business and investment markets.

Here’s wishing you and your loved ones the most wonderful year and life ahead.

May all your dreams come true – beyond your wildest imagination.

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Life is FUNtastic!

Are You Changing Fast Enough?

Leaders have a tendency to over-focus on current systems without realizing that what has helped them succeed in the past may not help them succeed in the future.

In the process of working on urgent matters at hand, they may not realize that the landscape is changing.

In a disruptive future, it’s not uncommon for incumbents to hold on to status quo, especially if their current systems have won admirations, accolades, and awards.

And if their organizations have become like a big ship, it is even harder for them to make the necessary changes.

They may not be leading their organizations and people fast enough to meet demands of the future customers and economy.

Shape their people in meeting fast-changing needs of their communities and society as a whole.

In a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world, there is a need to continually transform current systems and at the same time, preempt and respond to disruptive forces.

To do that, leaders should be pioneers of change and catalysts for improvements.

Innovation should be at the core of the organizational culture, structure, system and operation.

Research and development should be strengthened at every level of the organizational hierarchy, right down to every team and individual.

There’s a heightened need for leaders to work closely with key leaders from not just the public but also from the people and private sectors to future-proof their organizations.

Have the grits, guts and gumption and be courageous and curious enough to establish experimental sites within the current system and without.

Pilot, prototype and pioneer radical breakthroughs for the betterment of their people.

Disrupt themselves for a brighter future and become the disruptor before they become disrupted by external forces.

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

http://painless.asia/index.php/2017/11/22/patrick-liew/

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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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