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An Investment That Pays Dividends For a Lifetime

Dear Readers,

I would like to share with you an email that I received from one of my participants, Jason who attended my ‘I Am Gifted, So Are You!’ Program for Teens. Some people have the misconception that personal development and life transformational school workshop/”>school workshop only provide people with inspiration and motivation in the short term.

In actual fact, the strategies and ideas you can learn from my motivation camp and workshops will last you for a lifetime. Like I always say, when you invest in a good stock or property, you can expect returns of 10%-20%, where there is always a risk of loss. However, the most important asset you must first invest in is YOURSELF. If your name is John Smith, then you must invest in JOHN SMITH PRIVATE UNLIMITED. When you invest in your own INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, the returns are not 10%, 20% must more than 500% and the returns and dividends last you for a lifetime.

One of the reasons I have become so much more successful than my peers is that over the years, I have invested more money in myself every year (books, seminars etc…) than I invest in stocks. The reason why so man people fail to grow in life is because they invest more money upgrading their handphones, TVs and club memberships than on themselves? How much do you invest in yourself every year?

Here’s the email from Jason who attended my I Am Gifted! school holiday programme back in 2004 (4 years ago):

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Jason Teo
Date: Sat, Feb 9, 2008 at 7:38 PM
Subject: A big thank you and regarding being a coach.

Hi Adam,

I am Jason and i took part in your “I am gifted, so are you!” 5 days camp back in 2004, I felt i benefited tremendously from that life changing 5 days and after camp i set off in life applying everything I have learnt back in camp, and with that i fulfilled my dreams and aspirations, I proceeded onto studying in Hwa Chong Junior College, and saying goodbye to the days I was an unmotivated individual with low self-esteem. In a short 1 year I picked up computer programming language, and represented the school in an NTU organised X-games competition where they tested up programming skills of JAVA. Something that took people many years to learn, took me a mere 8 months to learn with the help of NLP and speed reading and memory techniques I picked up from that camp.

In terms of social circles, everyone was amazed at how much more self-confident I have become. I widened my social circle tremendously as I had absolutely no fear of meeting new people and getting to know them better due to my new high self-esteem. From a student that could potentially be retained in secondary 3, i ended up as 5th in class while studying in The Chinese High.

I would like to say a big thank you to your dedication in coaching every single seminar, I could still vividly remember you yelling at a kid named Kenneth from my kids camp 4 years ago, I knew that was a form of tough love that you had to do, in order to get Kenneth to change. It definitely takes one of great dedication to continue to coach the camp even though you were supposedly sick during that duration. After the camp I thought about it and I was really very inspired by your dedication to coaching, that I actually have a burning desire to take up coaching and impact the lives of other people who were previously like me in a positive manner.

Even though life got more hectic as i enter Junior College, i continued reading up on NLP related books, of the self-help and motivational genre. I thought of joining the AKLTG coaching team in JC, but i felt i should prioritize my A levels first. Now that i have graduated from JC, and is currently serving my 2 years of National Service in a unit that allows me to book out daily under a 5 day work week scheme. Now that I have more spare time, I am keen to go back to the aspiration of being a coach for AKLTG once again.

My reasons for wanting to be a coach under AKLTG are two-fold. The first reason being I believe being a coach can help me further improve myself as an individual, there’s only so much books can teach oneself. I firmly believe in the concept that teaching others enable one to be an expert and the area of expertise he is teaching, and in the case of an AKLTG coach that area will be self-improvement.

Secondly, I find it a great pleasure to be able to guide others in their life, i speak from first-hand experience, as i have friends turned to me over the years when they are having troubles with life, and I would try my utmost best to guide them, and most of them have reflected that talking to me is kind of therapeutic. This is also align with one of my purpose in life, and that is to help others.

I have 2 concerns though, the first being since I am only free on weekday nights, and on weekends, does that hinder my chances of being trained to be a coach, because unless i apply for leave from my army unit, i will not be able to attend 5 day kids camps during the students school holidays. I will try my utmost best to apply for leaves but there are no guarantees, however if I am required my the AKLTG coaching team on weekends, I am more than happy to turn up. Secondly, how do I go about applying to be an AKLTG coach?

Once again, big thanks to AKLTG for making me a more empowered individual in life, and sharing the methodology to success.

I would like to apologise if I seem rude by emailing you directly, instead of emailing the email address given on the AKLTG website. I did email the mailing address given on the AKLTG website exactly a week ago but so far I haven’t got a reply yet. I will always remember the phrase that you mentioned in camp and has ever since been stuck in my head. “do ANYTHING it takes to succeed” , and I am emailing you because i am willing to do anything to fuffill my dreams.

Eagerly waiting for a reply and thanks again,


5 Comments so far

  1. william on February 12th, 2008

    Oh that’s great…

    I must seriously developed my delayed gratification habit and put my self on the line because i believe that investing to my self is the wisest move i have ever made in my life..

    Citra williams,one of your IAG participant too..

  2. Ong Koon Chong, Daniel on February 13th, 2008

    To: Jason,


    It’s good that you are happier & more confident
    about yourself…

    I would encouraged you to learn more about NLP
    as a Coach with AKLTG…


    I would suggested to you to calm down first & Find
    yourself in new comfort zone first to prepare you
    to move onward to your next stage of your development
    in life…

    You may like to talk to me, face to face because
    I thought you are now charged up with positive emotions


    Having said that, My concerns for you is…

    Pls be aware & take care of your

    1) Family
    2) Friends
    3) Teachers
    4) Yourself
    5) Community

    in all aspect of your communications because from
    my own personal experiences is…

    You might want to establish a even firmer relationship with them
    before empowering Lives like Adam… (Mastery Level)

    Take care of every aspect


    See you at the top!

  3. Ivan Ong on February 13th, 2008

    wow… that was a really nice and long email…

    i suppose the happiest moment in Adam’s life is not to see all the money coming in but to receive such email that make him know that he has changed a person’s life. Isn’t it?

    Wonderful job you have got Adam. 🙂

    Ivan Ong
    A Dream To Earn A Full Time Income Online

  4. David Tupica on March 4th, 2008

    Thanks Adam, I really liked the part about how people invest more money in their headsets that in themselves. I am a true beleiver that your income is in direct proportion to your personal development and skill mastery. It usually only takes reading about 5 books to be ahead of 95% of your competitors. That’s not alot to be considered a master in your field. If a person does not read everyday, they are really missing something. I love your writings and will come back regularly.

  5. Robert Nsimire on August 29th, 2008

    Hi Adaam Koo,

    I find your literature a complete solution in the today’s challenging bussiness world. Your masseges have touched me like a spiritual revelation and ever since I began reading them my personality has changed dramaticaly. I gained a correct mindset and improved attitude. Iam opptimistic that remaining a regular reader of your communications will help me achieve my dreams as well as enrich myself with a source of knowledge to share with my neighbours.

    Please aknowledge my humble thanks.

    My our Creator bless You and Your works abundantly.

    Robert Nsimire.

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