Contributing To The Future

by Patrick Liew on August 18, 2011

I want to ‘boast’ to all of you about my outstanding achievement in the real estate industry. It happened – would you believe – right in the first year of my being a real estate agent.

I broke an all-time business record. And my achievement has never been surpassed even until today.

If you ask any of your friends in the industry, “Should I fail, how much money will I lose in this business?”

Most agents will lose a few hundred dollars. Some of the not-so-smart ones will lose two or three  thousand dollars.

Within 12 months of joining the industry, I did not lose a four-figure or even a five-figure worth of money.

I lost more than $100,000 worth of money. And by the way, the first digit is not even ‘1’!

I will not reveal to you how many hundreds of thousands of dollars I lost. Suffice to say, I have never met another agent who has lost more money than me.

I believe (drum roll please),

I Am The #1 Failure In The Real Estate Industry.

This achievement is not just a record in Singapore.

As I travelled all over the world and as I taught agents from more than 20 countries, I would find out about the worst failures in the industry.

I believe I am not only the #1 failure in Singapore but I am also, quite possibly,

The Greatest Failure In The Real Estate World Of All Times.

I am sharing with you because I hope you will never fail worst than me. Promise? I want to lay claim to being ‘The #1 Failure’ until the end of time.

The reason I failed badly was – here’s where I could blame the whole world, justify, and give lots and lots of excuses but the truth is – I thought I knew it all.

I had the audacity to believe I knew what it took to succeed in my business.

I thought at that point in time, I was previously a top-notch consultant.

I have helped many government agencies, multinational companies, and high nett worth individuals to succeed. Therefore, to be successful in the real estate profession would be a piece of cake.

I did not really learn the trade.

I did not discipline myself to be an effective agent.

I did not take the correct actions.

I did not continue to improve myself.

That’s why I deserve to fail.

It is sad but true I am not the only person with such an attitude. There were many people in the past and there will be many more people in the future that will be like me.

They will stay in their comfort zone and will not want to change and improve themselves.

I have learned that for me to improve my results, I need to review my actions. I need to improve what I have done and the way I did it so as to improve my final results.

I am but a result of yesterday’s choice. And what I will be tomorrow is the result of today’s decisions and actions.

Thankfully, I learned my lesson, albeit a painful one.

I will do everything possible to make sure I do not walk the same path again.

As a result of my personal failures, I have done everything within my means to make sure my agents have a better chance to succeed than me.

I want my agents to be a part of the next generation of top achievers in the industry. I hope the agents of the future will point to them and say,

“They belong to the generation that revolutionizes the real estate industry. They are professionals who paved the way to champion consumers’ best interests.

They enhanced the image and standards of the industry, and became a model for the business community and society.”

I pray for my people everyday. I have lots of hope on them.


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!


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