Living Moments (Part 28)

by Patrick Liew on May 2, 2012

Yesterday was a sad day for many of us in the wrestling fraternity. We bid farewell to the Chief Coach of the Wrestling Federation of Singapore, Mr Sergei Beloglazov.

Sergei was a two-time Olympics Champion and a six-time World Champion. You can imagine what a huge star he is in the world of sports wrestling.

Sergei left his family behind in Russa and bravely moved to Singapore, an unfamiliar country to lift up the sports level. In the process, he helped us to win a fair share of medals in overseas’ competitions.

Shortly after taking up wrestling, I was invited to sit on the Board. I gladly took up the postion because I believe wrestling can help our country grow stronger and our people achieve better performance and results.

Wrestling can teach you that winning is not everything, having a winning spirit is. As long as you have a spirit to overcome challenges and to break new grounds, you will live a meaningful, exciting and fulfilling life.

To have a winning spirit is to have a resilient attitude, a disciplined behavior, and an ever-improving lifestyle. Without such fundamentals, you can never be a good wrestler.

It starts with the need to prepare yourself thoroughly to achieve peak performance. There will be discouraging thoughts, challenging times, and moments when you feel like giving up.

You can get thrown to the ground but you will still have to pick yourself up to face the struggles within and the opponents without. You can be knocked down but you must never be knocked out in every round, in every game untill the trophy is in your hands.

Wrestling is about perfecting yourself in every area. How well you perform depends on how well you train and cover your weakest area. Just as importantly, it depends on how well you capitalize on your strengths to win every valuable point until you win the game.

Wrestling is a game of leadership. It does not matter whether you are on the mats or not, you must exercise self leadership. If you cannot lead yourself to win, you cannot lead others to win.

In addition, you need to lead others to help everbody play the game at a higher level. You need to coach and mentor others and in the process, you will improve your performance and achievements. You need to also learn how to work as a team to achieve sustainable success.

Wresting is a journey and the path you take is just as important as your destination. You need to stretch yourself to achieve worthwhile goals. At the same time, you need to enjoy the journey and commit yourself to ongoing improvements and results.

The values that you can learn in wrestling are also
the values that are needed to win in the game of life. 

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

By the way, I have also recorded other reflections.

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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