Please Meet Dylon Sim, my Mentee.

by Patrick Liew on February 21, 2017

Dylon is a 16-year old young man. He just completed his GCE ‘O’ level when he called me.

“Uncle Patrick, we met during a Chinese New Year gathering. I want to learn about leadership, entrepreneurship and investment from you.”

I told him, “Uncle Patrick belongs to a world that no longer exist. He’s totally irrelevant, redundant and should be put to sleep for the sake of humanity.”

Dylon persisted.

I love people who have the focus, discipline, grit, perseverance and resilience to press on despite all odds.

Such people don’t need to try very hard to find mentors.

The University of Life will ensure that appropriate mentors will appear at the right time to walk with these warriors on their journeys in life.

I took a leaf from the SkillsFuture, “a national movement to enable all Singaporeans to develop to their fullest potential, as well as realise their aspirations by taking advantage of a wide range of opportunities.”

I challenged Dylon to learn while working, and earn while he learn.

Here’s the challenge: “Organize the Global Economics and Property Investment Convention (GEPIC) 2017 – an educational seminar on trends of the global economy, property investment and technology.

“Leverage on the seminar to raise much-needed funds for Mercy Relief, an IPC-registered charity, for crisis relief efforts in typhoon-stricken areas in the Philippines.”

In the process of running the project on his own, he shouldn’t call me.

I want to relax on the beach and enjoy the evening of my life.

And watch the sun rises to day-after-beautiful day of love, joy and peace.

The bottom line is that the project must turn out to be successful. Otherwise I’ll kill him.

Like all great achievements, this project is a do-or-die project.

So it came to past, Dylon was tormented (not mentored) between November 2016 and February 2017.

He thought I was joking when I told him I’m a tormentor, not a mentor.

In a report to me, he called these gap months before he continued his studies “tiring and painful months”.

After going through the pits for me (and not with me), I’m sure he has never been more thankful to go back to school.

Dylon formed an organizing committee of about 97 people, all of whom are older than him and are professionals in their respected industries.

He managed to convince renowned economist Mr. Song Seng Wun, property guru Mr. Sam Baker, and business futurist Mr. Charlie Ang to speak at the seminar.

At the same time, he persuaded the CEO of Suntec City Convention Centre to donate one of their auditoriums for the charity project.

Dylon personally presented the project to individuals as well as groups of professionals from different industries.

GEPIC was successfully held on 15th February in Hall 606 at the Suntec City Convention Centre.

It was attended by Guest of Honor – Mayor Denise Phua, the Ambassador from the Philippines – His Excellency Mr. Antonio A. Morales, the Ambassador from Finland – Her Excellency Ms. Paula Parviainen, and several other distinguished guests.

GEPIC had a positive turnout of about 1000 professionals, managers, executives and technicians (PMETs).

We received a total donation of SGD44,597.93 on that evening. Additional donations were subsequently channeled directly to Mercy Relief.

At the end of the “tor-mentorship,” I told Dylon, “If you have a heart of gold, you can win hearts and minds and touch lives.

“If you develop your character and competence, you can earn the right to lead. You can have a bigger capacity for better results.

“If you have a positive attitude for learning, improvement and growth, you can go farther and run faster on the marathon of sustainable success.”

Fortunately, Dylon has demonstrated salient features of these qualities.

For that, this young man has the potential for great achievements.

I’m confident, if Dylon put his heart into any project, he will excel and make the project a great success.


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