Winning In Life

by Patrick Liew on September 6, 2011

On September 3, 2011, I joined a group of young people to watch the One Fighting Championship.

Billed as ‘Asia’s most prestigious mixed martial arts’ (MMA) event, it featured ‘Champions vs Champions.’

According to the brochure, ‘MMA is the fastest growing sport in the world… it allows for any martial arts style to compete against any martial arts style in the most free of artistic expressions for martial artists.’

It is a brutal sport and has attracted many young people to participate in and watch the programmes.

As a 200-year-old dinosaur, I looked like the friendly uncle bringing his sons and nephews for an exciting night out. Some people might even think I was selling popcorns. 🙂

At the podium, one young ‘kiddo’ was trying to explain to me v-e-r-y  s-l-o-w-l-y  what mixed martial arts was all about. 🙂

He was so worried this old man could not understand him,  he spoke loudly into my ears. 🙂

All around me, fit and strong young hunks looked like they lived in the gymnasium and had been exercising all their lives.

I looked like an older hunk who had been living in the kitchen and eating all my life. 🙂

One FB friend even asked me how I managed to get a ticket. I told him “I got it because I looked pitiful enough.” 🙂

“Also, they saw my belly and had a good laugh. They wanted to share the joke – namely, me – with the others in the stadium.”

I kept telling these martial artists that it’s not a belly, it’s the highest form of Kung Fu – bullet-proof Qi (energy). 🙂

One young boy asked me during the break, “You mean – you know what facebook is? And you are using it?” 🙂

My young friends have asked me to join them at the gymnasium. My heart has agreed but my bones need time to respond to it. 🙂

In any case, it was an exciting night. Watching ten gladiators fighting it out in the cage left me thinking about how to win in life.

Winning is not everything, having a winning spirit is.

A winning spirit is an adopted attitude and a cultivated habit. It should be a part of our being and a way of life.

Our Creator has blessed us with a tremendous amount of potential and talents. We need to develop our compassion, character, and competence, and capitalize on them to achieve worthwhile dreams.

However, many people want to win but they don’t have the will nor the determination to make it happen.

Winners do what losers don’t do. They don’t do what losers do.

They look at every worthwhile task (priority) and focus on working with our Creator to love it (passion). They do it to the best of their abilities (performance) so as to fulfill their highest calling (purpose).

Winners never walk out of what they are called to do. They come back after every failure and persevere until they reach their desired destinations.

Every defeat can be converted into a win. Every little win leads to the final victory.

If life is a game, I need to bring out the best from myself so that I can help my team to achieve the final victory.

To do so, I need to benchmark with the best. I need to monitor the score and continue to improve so as to achieve the highest results.

Just like the martial artists, I want to have a winning spirit.


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.

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Please read them and continue to teach me.

Life is FUNtastic!


Question: How can we develop a winning spirit?






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