Confronting The Odds (Part B)

by Patrick Liew on August 5, 2011

When I was 15, I was invited to attend Sunday School. That was when I met one of the most wonderful mentors in my life, Mr. John Ho.

As a young teenager with an imaginative mind, Mr. Ho came across to me like a sage that has lived in a cave for many years. Sunday after Sunday, he would dispense words of wisdom to a group of us.

During one lesson, he shared a verse from the Scripture, “When you are faced with problems, be joyful.”

When I heard that, I was like, “Hello! Have you lost it?”

“It’s hard enough to resolve problems. Be joyful? No way!”

Years later, I understood the wisdom of this powerful principle. Even if you are born with a major challenge, we can turn it from a pitfall to a platform for success.

For example, I was genetically blessed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD. Instead of allowing it to strangle me, I leverage on it to strengthen my chances for success.

My ADHD has softened me, strengthened me, and enlightened me.

Softening Process. My ADHD humbled me and made me more of a human.

I can better understand and feel for people who are facing challenges in their lives. It made me a more empathetic and approachable person.

Strengthening Process. To cope with my ADHD, I had to improve my attitude, discipline, knowledge, skills, and lifestyle – all of which made me a better person.

In the process of resolving the symptoms of ADHD, I learned how to persist and persevere so as to achieve the desired results. I became stronger and more resilient in facing challenges in life.

Enlightening Process. I realized there are many ‘Patrick Liews’ out there, especially real estate agents like me, who are facing all kinds of challenges.

In my small little ways, I want to inspire them with how I manage the failures in my life.

I want to stretch out my hands and serve them so that they will not be left behind on the highways and byways of life.

I am grateful and thankful to our Creator for the gift of a mental disorder – ADHD.



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

By the way, I have also recorded other reflections.

Please go to ‘Notes’ found below my profile picture.

Visit my Inspiration blog at

Visit my Transformation blog at

Please read them and continue to teach me.

Life is FUNtastic!


Question: How can we transform a challenge into a channel of blessing?


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