It’s Time To Live The Way.

by Patrick Liew on July 31, 2018

It’s Time To Live The Way.

Embarrassment can occur anytime. It happened to me many times.

Once I invited some of my colleagues to my house. It was part of a course that I personally conducted in my company.

The objective was to show them how I lived, worked, played and learned in my house. Prayerfully, it would help them avoid my mistakes and improve on my strengths.

It was one of the scariest things to do in my life. Sometimes, I feared they would use my openness and private information against me at a later stage.

So, why did I do it?

I did it as a way of showing my gratitude to the people who have shared their personal life so generously with me. Their acts of friendship and authenticity have enriched my life and helped me to be a better person.

They have paid it forward and I was hoping to do the same. I hoped that others could learn from my successes as well as my failures.

There was another reason for me to open up my home.

I read somewhere that pride could come about when people were uncomfortable under their skin.

Their unhealthy self esteem could drive them to seek unnecessary attention and acceptance. It could also drive them to believe their views were always right and they were better than the people around them.

I hoped that by being transparent, I could learn to be at peace with myself. In recognising my weaknesses, I would learn to be more humble and motivated to improve myself.

Back to my story, I received my colleagues that day with a degree of trepidation. As usual, I started the class by explaining how I would normally start a new day.

I was of the opinion that if you could start the day right, your activities could proceed more smoothly. If not, everything might be inclined to go downhill.

Hence, I believed that my first appointment every day should be with our Creator and myself.

At one point in the training, I wanted to show them my kitchen, refrigerator and cupboards. I took pride in my endeavor to live healthily and wanted to inspire them to do the same.

Usually, I would not prepare for this part of the lesson. I aimed to be real and transparent about my lifestyle.

There was an embarrassing moment when to my surprise, I found many chocolates, candies, cookies, and ice cream in my kitchen. I had forgotten that in recent times I had received many of them as presents.

My colleagues might not have realized the feelings that was going through me.

Fortunately, I had a divine inspiration to turn it into a learning lesson for myself as well as for them.

I wanted to be transparent with them. I told them, “Do I eat them? Of course.

“Am I constantly tempted by them? Most definitely.”

“How did I deal with these issues?

“I decided long ago that I needed to develop an effective plan and system to respond to them. Discipline myself and ensure I would not give in to temptations.

“For example, I have conditioned my mind to eat healthily. I make it a point not to buy unhygienic food or even come near to it.

“And decide what I want to eat before each mealtime.”

As I reflect on that training, I relearn a powerful lesson for effective leadership.

You will influence your people more effectively through your life than through what comes out of your mouth.

Whether you like it or not, you will lead by example.
Your people will follow what you do more than what you tell them to do.

How you live your life will eventually become the main curriculum and method for influencing and training your people.

By your deeds, you will mould and shape your people and the direction of your team.
Your behavior is more impactful than all the beautiful messages that you can craft and communicate to them.

If you cannot lead yourself, you cannot lead others.

The quality of your personal results will determine the quality of your team’s results.

Seek to be the leader that your people want to follow.

People will not follow a leader if they don’t like, trust and respect him.

In short, aim to be the living lesson for your team.

Do what you tell them to do and aim to do it in a better way.

Your life should be the real-life examples to support and illustrate your messages.

How then should you set good examples?


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

By the way, I have also recorded other reflections.

Please ‘Like’ me on

Please visit my website,

Follow me on:

Visit my Inspiration blog at

For my opinions on social affairs,
please visit my Transformation blog at

Let’s connect on
– via @patrickliewsg

https: //
– via @patrickliew77

My LinkedIn

My Quora

Please read my reflections and continue to teach me.

Life is FUNtastic!


Powered by Facebook Comments

Comments on this entry are closed.

Previous post:

Next post: