The Top Ten (10) Highlights Of My Life In 2018 (Not In Order Of Priority)

by Patrick Liew on August 16, 2019

The Top Ten (10) Highlights Of My Life In 2018 (Not In Order Of Priority)

Six years ago, I was inspired by Andrew Chow to reflect on the year that has passed.

Select the top 10 highlights of the year and share them with my friends.

As I reflect on 2018, I continue to praise our Creator and give Him all the glory for another wonderful year.

2018 is one of the toughest year in my life.

I felt like I’ve gone on a rollercoaster ride.

Experienced top of the mountain pleasures and bottom of the valley pain.

Witnessed greatness of the human spirit as well as darkness of the human soul.

Through it all, my heart continues to be filled with gratitude and thanksgiving.

I’m still in awe over the magic and wonder of life.

And driven by a sense of purpose, mission, service, and contribution.

As in previous years, I had a hard time picking the top ten highlights for 2018 because there were too many high points, and all of them were exciting for different reasons.

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

The highlights are not listed in order of priority.

1. Continuing to learn, improve and grow.

I have always told my students that the world is undergoing a rapid pace of change.

Whatever has brought us success today will not tomorrow.

To survive and succeed in the exciting new world of disorder, we need to commit ourselves to a lifelong process of learning, un-learning, and re-learning.

Reinvent ourselves and learn more than our customers, faster than our competitors, and stay ahead of our counterparts in the industry.

Learning is therefore the only true competitive advantage in business and in life.

In 2018, I continued my learning journey as a work-in-progress – a journey to improve my personal and professional life, and strengthen 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 mentorships, ask questions, teach, network, learn online, write, brainstorm, create and innovate, participate in mastermind groups, advise, consult, visit exhibitions, and carry out many other ways to improve myself.

Entrust 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.

In 2018, I attended many other learning programs 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 and determine our destiny.

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 we stop learning is the day we start to decay and die.

Therefore, let’s continue to learn until the last day of our lives.

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

In 2018, I plan to pursue 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 expertise with me.

Please continue to teach me.

Join me in my “Slow Learners Club”?

1. Dreaming Big Dreams

I believe that dreamers create and re-create a better world.

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

Therefore, we should dream what seemingly is an impossible dream to bless the world.

I call this kind of a dream a Humongous, Electrifying, Life-Changing, and Magnetic (HELM) dream.

In 2013, I sold most of my shares in a public-listed company and stepped down as its chairman.

I decided to complete a lifelong dream to earn a doctorate degree and craft a dissertation revolving around financial intelligence.

To apply the lessons from my dissertation, I started a business to help entrepreneurs and investors optimize their profits, advantages and growth.

Impact their lives so that they’ll join us in “Building a #WorlfOfGood.

In 2018, together with my team of super heroes who doesn’t wear capes, we won the E50 Award.

We are the youngest and fastest company to win the award.

1. Eradicate Poverty

Since 1972, when I was still in school and as 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 are not the most inclined to learn, improve, and take action.

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

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

Financial intelligence is 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.

After graduating from the University of Southern California in 2015, I decided 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 positions and results.

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

Inspire entrepreneurs, community leaders, investors, students, and other deserving participants to achieve greater successes and fulfillment.

To do so, I have implemented different ways of helping as many people as possible on a pro bono basis.

They include running seminars, mentorships, coachings, and trainings as well as providing advisory, counselling, and befriending services.

In 2018, my commercial organizers helped me train more people in closed-door sessions than I’ve ever done per year in my life.

My challenge to my mentees is to donate at least 10% of their time, talents and treasures, including money to charity.

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

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?”

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

4. Moulding and Shaping Young Lives

As Chairman of Junior Achievement Singapore – a charity that conducts life skills training for students – I’m happy that we have enrolled more than 1800 volunteers to help us trained more than 130,000 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’m happy that my team is also helping to teach young people.

This year, we ran another charity fund-raising gala to raise needed resources to continue the good work of moulding and shaping young people’s lives.

5. Investing Wisely

As an active investpreneur, despite everything that doomsayers and naysayers had said, I enjoyed one of the highest ROIs in 2018.

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

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

Financial investment is not rocket science.

There’s no need learn how to fight “Star Wars” to achieve tangible and sustainable results.

If you care to learn, there are sound investment strategies and techniques that can be used to strengthen your financial position and assets.

In the Fourth Wave, every job, career and business can be disrupted.

Therefore, please continue to learn how to be an effective entrepreneur and investor so asto prevent, respond to, and leverage on disruptive forces.

1. Mentoring Others On Financial Investment

In 2018, I decided to transform my financial investment training program into a mentor-ship program.

The mentor-ship program will include more than 40 free value-added classes, daily updates, residential boot camps, annual conferences, real life case studies and personalized coaching, field trips, monthly gatherings, and other learning activities.

I stepped up in my commitment to teach more people on how to invest and improve their financial income, competence, and growth.

My team and I won a preferred financial education award.

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

What’s more, I can hunt as a pack with my mentees.

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 more and better 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 new strategies 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. Journaling For Progress And Success

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

In 2018, I continued to develop and improve my writing skills through journaling, blogging, writing to the press, posting inspirational messages 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 and became a Top Writer on Quora.

I teach my mentees to be problem-solvers and solution-providers.

The bigger the problems that they resolved, the greater will be the impacts they’ll make to the people and environment around them.

Learning to be problem-solvers and solution-providers begins from right now and right where they are.

Therefore, 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 one-satoshi 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 3000 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. Contributing to Society

I have provided leadership, advisory and other 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.

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 2018, together with a group of friends, we organised an educational seminar at Shine Auditorium to raise funds for the victims of the Lombok Earthquake in Indonesia.

We also ran a charity dinner in the Grand Ballroom of the Orchard Mandarin Hotel for Junior Achievement Singapore.

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 a charity body.

My team and I organised these fundraising projects as a way to inspire others to actively participate in and support a good cause.

When they bless others, they will be blessed too.

If possible, send me a private message now to donate to our next few charity projects in 2019, including raising funds to support crisis relief efforts for victims of natural disasters, providing assistance to migrant workers, organising regular gatherings for the elderly, running food distribution programs, and helping 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) in 2017 (inaugural year) and 2018.

9. Transforming the Business World

My team and I continued to help entrepreneurs transform their business models, raise capital, list their companies, and globalize their businesses.

Our challenge to these entrepreneurs is to transform their businesses to be a movement for good.

In our pursuit to help them give back to society, we set a record in the Singapore Book of Records.

10. “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 lessons and 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.

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 gurus 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…

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

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

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

All of you have walked the journey with me and helped made 2018 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 Kampung Ah Boy, I would never have imagined 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 while having a wonderful holiday with my family.

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 2019, 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 others lives, the richer and better my life will become.

By the love and grace of our Maker, I plan to make 2019 the best year ever in my life.

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

What about you?

How do you plan to make 2019 the best year in your life?


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

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