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Awarded the NUS Business School Eminent Alumni Award

Dear friends,

Just want to share a recent proud moment in my life. I was extremely honored and humbled to receive the Eminent Alumni Award from NUS Business School last week.

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I still find it hard to believe that I could have been selected as one of the most successful business leaders among a class of thousands of elite students who have passed through the doors of NUS Business School in the last few decades.

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Adam Khoo receiving the award from Mr. Lee Yi Shyan, Minister for Trade and Industry

What amazes me the most about receiving this award was the fact that two decades ago, nobody ever believed that I would qualify for a tertiary education (not even myself), let alone the National University of Singapore.

As a student in my teens, I was a slow learner and an underachiever. Fights in school had gotten me expelled in Primary four. I did so badly for my PSLE that I was rejected from all six secondary schools that I had applied for. Back then in Ping Yi Secondary School (a neighborhood school in Chai Chee), I was told by my friends that I would be lucky to qualify for a polytechnic and that going to university was an unrealistic dream.

Then at the end of secondary one, something happened that would change and define my life forever. After attending a motivational camp for teenagers Malaysia program program for teens, I learnt about the power of positive thinking and began to discover accelerated learning techniques that would allow me to learn five times faster than before.

Empowered and inspired, I leant to dream big. I set the audacious goals of becoming one of the top students in Singapore and making my first million by the age of 26. That was the time when I set the goal of going into NUS Business School, where I would get the best business education I needed to pursue my entrepreneurial dream!

While I started by first business at the age of 15 (a mobile disco business I founded in secondary three) and a training business at the age of 21, NUS Business School helped to give me the essential knowledge, skills and opportunities that gave me the competitive edge in building Adam Khoo Learning Technologies Group to become one of Singapore’s largest education and training company.

Indeed, dreams do come true. However, I have learnt that you have to first start by believing in yourself and daring to dream big. If a once hopeless underachiever like myself can rise to become a top student and among the top business leaders, then anyone can! All of us have the phenomenal potential to design our own destiny. I am very proud to say that NUS Business School has played a significant role in helping me to design mine!


16 Comments so far

  1. Henry on August 1st, 2008

    Hi Adam,

    Congratulations for the award!

    I must say that after attending POE, i now know that you, as well as Stuart, truly want to inspire people and make a difference in others lives. I am inspired and i am taking massive action towards my goals. (Remember i quit my job one day after your seminar? 🙂 )

    I know my success story will be featured on your website in the months to come.

    Best Regards,

  2. Helmi Hakim on August 1st, 2008

    Congrats Adam for your award! 🙂

    This clearly shows that you can be successful even if nobody believes in you, but you will always be successful if you believe in YOURSELF!

    All the way!

  3. Endangwati Goentoro on August 1st, 2008

    Hi Adam!

    Congratulations for the Award!

    You are the right person to

    receive it!

    Best Regards,


  4. Ong Koon Chong, Daniel on August 1st, 2008

    Congratulations, Lah…!

  5. Hayley on August 1st, 2008

    Hello Adam!
    Congratulations! You are so well-deserved it man!
    Take care and can’t wait to see you and Stuart at POE mod 2!


  6. william on August 2nd, 2008

    Congratulation..Adam has been my audicious desire to achieve my Entrepreneurial dream at age of 25 too,you know..You are a great rule model for me..thx adam..i must believe in my self too n be grateful for the day..

    Best regards,

  7. Ingvill on August 2nd, 2008

    Dear Adam

    CONGRATULATIONS on your great achievement!

    Your story is so inspiring, and it is wonderful to see how this holds true, isn’t it..

    “In helping others we shall help ourselves, for whatever good we give out, completes the circle and comes back to us.” Flora Edwards

    Thanks for great motivation always!

    All the best,

  8. Jenny on August 2nd, 2008

    I would like to congratulate you for receiving the award.
    All the best for your future endeavors and you are my role model!

  9. Vanson on August 3rd, 2008

    Congrats Adam!
    You are always someone I can model.
    Hope to have the same results as you do someday!
    All the best!


  10. LoL on August 3rd, 2008

    omg! congrat! idol! im gonna be the next adam cool”

  11. Clement Chee on August 4th, 2008

    Congrats Adam!

    I am big fan of yours. I first read your book ‘Secrets of Self-Made Millionaires’ and then “Master Your Mind, Design Your Destiny”.

    I’ve got to tell you your books are so different from other books I’ve written out there – Maybe I have not been reading many books.

    I don’t just read them but I eat, drink and even sleep about them.

    Thank you for going through all these hard steps and share your success formula with us.

    You are really my inspiration, Adam!

    Clement Chee

  12. Nalogy on August 4th, 2008

    Dear Adam

    You are such an inspiration.
    Your blog is probably one of the best blog that I would encourage people to visit.

    I look forward for more blog post.


  13. Bernard on August 4th, 2008

    Hi Adam,
    If you can do it, i can do it!
    Thank for sharing.


  14. Simin on August 4th, 2008

    Congrats Adam-khoo….
    One of the best Singaporean.

    Proud of You.. Proud of your Achievement.
    Learn 10% from you can make my life values increased 1000%.

  15. Ivan on August 6th, 2008

    Dear Adam,

    Congratulations on your achievement!

    Your story of rising from underachiever to top student & top business leader is truly inspiring.

  16. R. Singh on March 5th, 2011

    3 cheers for Khoo!

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