Facing Problems

by Patrick Liew on September 5, 2011

In 1994, I had a big shock in my life.

That year, my partner and I organized the first National Achievers Congress (NAC). Our purpose was to help ordinary persons learned from world-class experts – at an affordable price.

To achieve our purpose, we needed to achieve economy of scale.

We became the first and only company to organize personal development seminars at the Indoor Stadium.

We planned to invite Tom Hopkins as the first keynote speaker.

We had liased with his agent and thought that we had ‘contracted’ him to teach in Singapore and Malaysia.

We had gone ahead to book the Stadium and publicise the event. Sales were beginning to roll in… until we had a conversation with Tom’s agent.

“Sorry, we have only agreed verbally. We have not signed any contract yet.

“Mr. Tom Hopkins is not obligated to speak at your event. He may not be there.”

You can imagine if Tom Hopkins did not appear at the NAC, we would have suffered great financial losses. In addition, our reputation would have gone down the drain.

The fairy tale ending was that we managed to resolve the challenge.

The NAC became arguably the most successful series of personal development seminars in Asia until today.

This experience kept me thinking about how to resolve challenges in life.

When confronted with challenges, many people will adopt the following negative actions:

1. Flee               “I better run away.”

2. Froze             “I don’t know what to do.”

3. Float              “I will keep doing the same thing.”

4. Flip-Flop       “I will do this… and maybe, I will try this… and also do that… and I might as well take this action…”

5. Fear               “I dare not do it;” “I canot do it;” “I’m scared of doing it.”

I have learned that the only way to overcome challenges is to ask our Creator to help me fight for it.

To do that, I need to have a solution-oriented mindset. I need to ask myself the ‘6 Es’ Questions.

1. End-Point Question

What are my desired end-points?

2. Effectiveness Question

What actions should I take so as to reach the desired end-points?

3. Efficiency Question

How can I take the actions in the best possible way?

4. Enhancement Question

How can I continue to improve the actions so as to get better results?

5. Execution Question

How can I implement the actions so as to reach the desired end-points?

6. Empowerment Question

How can I teach others so that they can also achieve the same results?

With a solution-oriented mindset, I found that I will discover more and better solutions.


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 http://liewinspiration.wordpress.com

Visit my Transformation blog at http://hsrpatrickliew.wordpress.com

Please read them and continue to teach me.

Life is FUNtastic!


Question: How can we have a solution-oriented mindset?



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