Desiring Desire

by Patrick Liew on August 23, 2011

As a kid, I ate only one bowl of noodle every year during my birthday. The rest of the time, I would be eating rice as the staple food.

Rice, until today, is still cheaper than noodles.

When I was growing up in our ‘kampung’ (village), the ‘kick kock man’ will show up every evening.

This was a hawker with a push-cart who carried two-pieces of sticks. He would knock on the stocks and produced a sound that could be heard in every corner of the kampung.

‘Kick, Kick, Kick, Kock, Kick, Kock, Kick Kock…!’

Sometimes, my siblings and I would stand at the window. We would watch as children rushed to the hawker.

I can still see it in my mind even until today. I can still visualize them buying  the most delicious bowl of ‘Kway Teow’ Soup.

Slurping on the soup, chewing on tender meat…

I can imagine how wonderful it tastes and how its sensation would hit their heads and warm their hearts.

I do not want to go through this kind of lifestyle again. I also don’t want my children to go through what I have gone through.

On reflection, I realized it is this burning desire that motivated me to pursue a better life for my loved ones.

Desire is the fuel that turns dreams into reality.

Desire that is well managed can lead to healthy desperation.

Healthy desperation  can lead to definiteness of purpose.

Definiteness of purpose can result in unwavering perseverance.

Unwavering perseverance can lead to lasting success.

Success is not just about IQ or EQ. It is also about DQ – Desperation Quotient.

The more desperate I am to achieve success, the higher my chances of success.


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 enhance our burning desire for success?



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