We are All Born With Unique Gifts for A Specific Purpose…

There was a little girl who got into trouble because she was always restless in class. She would shake her legs, get up and walk around and could not keep still and pay attention for more than 5 minutes. The teacher called her mother in and told her there was something wrong with her daughter.

The mother took the girl to a doctor to see what was ‘wrong’ with her. During the consultation, he asked to speak to the mother privately, then he turned on the radio as they left the room. They watched as the little girl got up and danced.

The doctor said: “There is nothing wrong with your daughter. She is a dancer.”

Later, when the mother enrolled her daughter in a dance school, the little girl exclaimed: “Finally, people like me! They have to move to think.” The girl grew up to become Dame Gillian Lynne, a famous British Ballerina, Theatre Director and Choreographer of World Renowned musical ‘Cats’ and ‘Phantom of the Opera’.
Imagine if the mother and daughter had accepted the label that ‘something was wrong’ with her daughter, just because she did not fit into the ‘normal’ school system. She may have grown up thinking she was useless and would never have had the opportunity to realise her fullest potential and gifts.

This was the same thing that happened to me when I was a student. I was told by my teachers that I was a ‘daydreamer’, ‘underachiever’ and ‘weird’ for not following the rules and not being able to listen in class. It turned out that these ‘disabilities’ were actually gifts that allowed me to dream of huge goals and have the creativity to write books and make millions of dollars in business and the stock markets by ‘seeing things differently and breaking the normal rules’
So parents and teachers, always remember that each child is born with unique gifts and each child is destined to be amazingly successful… our job is to help them find it!


Your Thoughts Shape Your Life!

We all know about the power of positive thinking but did you know how truly powerful your thoughts can be. Your thoughts do not just affect you psychologically. Your thoughts can in fact alter your body’s biochemistry (creating diseases or good health) and manifest what you think about in reality. Every thought you have is a quantum of energy that vibrates at a particular frequency. Since all matter is made up of energy at the subatomic level, every thought can shape matter and reality.

In my Patterns of Excellence (NLP) program, I prove to my participants using a live demonstration of how their thoughts can strengthen and weaken their bodies and the energy of other people around them.

This video by Dr. Masaru Emoto shows how your thoughts and words can even affect water and rice. For one month, he said ‘ Thank You!; to the first jar of rice, ‘You Are An Idiot!’ to the second jar and ignored the third jar. In a month, the first jar fermented with a pleasant aroma. The rice in the second jar turned black. The third jar began to rot.

So, if you want to change your life for the better, start changing your thoughts! Imagine the affect that your everyday thoughts have on your emotions and health, on your children, on your customers, on your colleagues and on your family as a whole.


The Awesome Power of Intention and Visualization

Watching this interview of Jim Carrey reminded me of the awesome power of visualisation and how we manifest what we want by first creating a compelling image in our minds. In this interview, Jim Carrey talked about how he was broke when he first started out as an actor in the 1980s-1990s. In 1990, he read a book about the power of visualisation and decided to constantly imagine himself getting more and bigger acting contracts. Then in 1990, he wrote himself a check for ‘US$10 million’ and dated it June 1995 for acting services rendered. He then placed this check in his wallet and carried it everywhere he went. This was how he programmed his mind for wealth and success. 5 years later, in 1995, he got a contract to act in ‘Dumb and Dumber’ and he was to be paid $10 million for the movie. His goal had come true.

This was almost exactly what I did when I was daydreaming 15 year old student at Ping Yi Secondary school. I remember that back in 1987, when my friends were listening to the teacher in class, I would be daydreaming and drawing ‘Name Cards’ that said – Adam Khoo, CEO, Adam Khoo Enterprises, Multi-millionaire, award winning businessman and author. I kept visualising this future I wanted so clearly in my mind. 20 years later, I had created my reality. So, never underestimate the power of visualisation. ” everything is created twice. It is first created in the mind… before it can be manifested in physical reality’


Reflections As I Turn 40

Thank you everybody for your Birthday wishes. As I turn 40 today, I am reminded at how time flies and how short our time truly is. It seems like yesterday that I was just 20. With a blink of an eye, 10 years go by and you are 30. The next thing you know, another 10 years go by and you are 40. I know that with another few blinks…50,60,70,80… Times Up

Knowing that our time is no limited year on earth, I constantly remind myself to live each day to the fullest, with no regrets and without holding onto any resentment or anger to anyone or anything.

Knowing that my time is limited, I make sure that I do not waste it on negative thoughts or harbour negative feelings. I make sure that I enjoy and appreciate every moment of this short journey, the ups and the downs, the celebrations and the challenging struggles.

In the words of the late Steve Jobs, ‘Our time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s expectations. Have the courage to follow your heart no matter where it takes you.’

There is really no point in fearing failure or fearing embarrassment because in the end, we are all going to die. So, pursue your dreams, follow your heart, make the very most of your life and eventually leave behind the world in much much better place than when you found it. If at least one life has breathed a little easier because you have lived, that is what t means to have succeeded.


The Bigger The Problems You Can Solve, The More Successful You Will Be

Someone came up to me recently and said that he wished to be more successful and have less problems in life. He could not deal with his problems and felt that they stopped him from being happy and successful. I bet with all your success and wealth, you have nothing to worry about, he said.

‘Do you want to hear a secret confession?’, I asked. He looked at me rather confused and yet curious at the same time.

I said… I have bigger and more problems that you have. You see, the more successful you are, the bigger your problems will be. You may worry about paying your $5,000 bills every month, but I have to worry about my entire company’s monthly overheads (staff salaries, rentals etc..) and my personal expenses of over $900,000 a month (that’s $10.8 million a year).

You have to worry about meeting your expectations for one job. I have to worry about multiple businesses I own in 7 countries with all kinds of problems… staff problems, competition, economic changes, foreign exchange risks, rising costs, etc… One mistake and I could lose millions a year!

While I may have this big problems to deal with, I bet the prime minister of Singapore and the President of the US have much much bigger problems than me. One mistake and countries can go to war. The MORE you want to achieve in life, the bigger the problems you must be able to handle.

If you cannot even handle and overcome your existing problems in life.. God will NOT give you more problems to handle. Hence, you will never be able to achieve more and bigger things in life.

Instead of wishing that you have less problems, you should focus on building your mindset and skills to manage your problems and turn them to opportunities. When you can do this, you will be rewarded with more and bigger things in life…and with it, bigger problems ;-). Happiness comes not from having no problems. Happiness and fulfilment comes in being able to help the world solve its problems and creating value to others in the process. The more problems you can solve for the world, the greater the difference you will make in your lifetime.


Set to Transform A Million Lives A Year!

AGM 2014

The Adam Khoo Learning Group Singapore Family having our Annual General Meeting where we presented our goal of Transforming 1 million lives a year to empower people from all walks of life to be the best they can be! Currently, we are empowering over 200,000+ people a year through our seminars, books and learning centres. Long way more to go!
I am really proud that so many of our loyal family members have been with us for 5-10 years. Two just received their 10 year long service award. Very rare in Singapore

Can you spot me in the picture? Hint: I am not the one speaking


There is No Talent Without Hardwork

I always feel slightly annoyed when people say that I am talented in what I do- like being talented in speaking, trading and business. This is because they do not realise that it is not inborn talent. It is the results of hours and hours of handwork, practice and getting up from from multiple failures.

For example, I am now able to speak to thousands of people for up to four full days (> 40 hours) without a script and can speak on almost any topic. It is only because I started public speaking at age 13 and rehearsed and spoken to people for thousands and thousands of hours. When I first started, I was nervous, lousy and untalented.

I am now able to make a couple of thousand dollars a day easily by trading stocks and forex. Well, this is only after 18 years of trading and losing tens of thousands of dollars when I first began. This is after looking at stock charts for 3-4 hours a day for 18 years.

So, when people say I am lucky to be talented, I feel insulted, because it discounts all the handwork and pain I put in to get here. In the video below, Will Smith says the same thing. It was not talent that got him to where he is. It was nothing but hours of hardwork that created the talent.

In his best-selling book, ‘Outliers’, Sociologist, Malcolm Gladwell did research on people who were exceptionally gifted in sports, music, businesses etc… and found that they had all ONE thing in common…. they all spent at least 10,000 hours of handwork and practice focusing on that single skill for many years. All talent he found was the result of handwork.


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