When I was in Primary 3, I was expelled from school for being a “problem kid”. My parents
had to beg other schools' principals to take me in.
I HATED studying. I found
it boring and struggled to learn. In school, I was a loner and refused to mingle with others.
I was what people would call a "si-geena". A rebellious child who did nothing but play games and wreak havoc.
of my rock-bottom grades and “heck-care” attitude, my teachers labelled me “slow,
parents were exasperated.
my step-siblings were overachievers from elite schools. I was the black sheep
in the family.
I can still remember the pain in my mother’s eyes when I was rejected by all my six school choices after PSLE.
was a hopeless case. “You’re a
good-for-nothing,” I told myself.
In a last ditch effort of hope, my father sent me for a personal success programme. The experience opened my eyes to this amazing thing known as “Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)”.
Like an instruction manual to my brain, it taught me the secret to unlock my BEST SELF by consciously changing the words I spoke and gaining total control over my thoughts and emotions.
I was INTRIGUED by the power of our human mind.
I reflected on my life. I realised that thru my constant failures, I had started to believe I was a good-for-nothing.
Little did I know that I was falling into the trap of self-doubt and limiting beliefs — subconsciously accepting that I was a loser who would never amount to anything great.
Once I realised that I was the one creating all my failures, I told myself I had the personal power to turn things around.
I began to take MASSIVE ACTION towards greatness.
I started by “reprogramming” my negative thoughts and behaviour. I had this crippling habit of telling myself “I can’t do it”. “I’m not cut out for this.” “I’m not good enough.” "Let's wait and see." It was making me feel lousy and stopping me from doing my best.
By applying the secrets I learnt in NLP, I transformed from a lazy, unmotivated and underachieving loser to a confident, positive and driven person who deserved to succeed.
I discovered that we are all superheroes in our own right — because each and every one of us owns a very powerful asset known as "the brain". All we need to do is know how to unlock the potential of our mind and we can achieve amazing feats.
Thru years of hard work, I developed the “Patterns of Excellence” to take charge of my life, direct my thoughts with laser precision, and gained the focus and confidence to pursue my goals and dreams.
And the rest of it is history.
I became the first student in my secondary school to achieve 6 points for O Levels. I went to Victoria JC, scored straight A’s, and got accepted in the Talent Development Programme at NUS.
Did life become a smooth sail after I learnt NLP?
OF COURSE NOT.
I continued to encounter failures.
Have you ever believed in a goal whole-heartedly, only to have your dreams crushed when someone told you "You can't do it"?
In fact, the bigger the goals I set for myself, the more I got slapped in the face.
When I wrote my first book, I Am Gifted, So Are You, I was brutally rejected by nine publishers.
"Your ideas are interesting... but your writing sucks." "Your book is not commercially viable."
But because of what I learnt in NLP, I was able to "flip that switch" and turn my obstacles into opportunities. “Now’s the time for you to perfect your manuscript,” I told myself.
So I spent two years rewriting the book, and used my NLP skills to sell my idea to various stakeholders.
Eventually, I became a #1 bestselling author at 24 years old. Two years later, I made national news headline when I earned my first million dollars.