Posted by on Aug 27, 2010 in Inspirational Stories | 0 comments

The Lion reached a cross road in the tunnel. It was too dark where either one will lead to. Left or right? Either one appears to lead to nowhere. The Lion just took the one on the right based on gut feel and move on ……. hoping ……

The Doctor walked passed me and told me that he has seen the scan results: both showed negative. In other words, the cancer cells were localised within the tumour and there are no signs of spread to the bones or other organs. Looks like it’s the best scenario among the worst. I took a deep breath and let go a sigh of relieve. Yes, I have cancer, but I will still live. Suddenly, I have more appreciation just to breathe. For the next 30 mins or so, it was the discussion of how the surgery will go, how big the wound be, what will be taken out, what will be put in, etc. I wanted to have the surgery as soon as possible and the nearest tentative date is 10th Aug 10, a day after National Day. If this date is confirmed, it shall be my 2nd birthday.

I woke up in the afternoon of 10th Aug, the surgery was over. I could feel the extreme pain on my left abdomen. While my head was still spinning, I can hear the nurse giving me instructions on to inject morphine into my blood stream by pressing a hand-held button to ease the pain. I pressed, many times. The pain was unbearable but I lived. I fell asleep.

The next time I woke up, I was already in the Intensive Care Unit with my wife standing beside me and I can vaguely hear the Doctor said that the surgery was a success. I looked on my right and saw the blue sky through the window. It was clear without the clouds. I told my wife to pass my 1st book to the Doctor and fell asleep again.

For the next few days, I refused to have any visitors other than my relatives. I needed to rest badly. Looking my 20cm wound on my abdomen, it’s a good reminder that I live one more time. My mother didn’t made it. Dr Randy Paush did not made it. I was as lucky as Steve Jobs who previously survived pancreatic cancer. I got to know a few patients who have similar problems. There was this man, John, who is undergoing dialysis and a malignant tumour was also found in one of his kidney. Before he went for his surgery, I passed him my newly bought book, ‘The Last Lecture’ with the intention of keeping him positive. I wrote on a blank page ‘Wish You Health, Health and Health’. That is what we all need.

As I am writing this Blog now, I am still suffering from pain from the wound and I have problem walking and sleeping. No matter how much physical pain that I have now, nothing beats the pain of leaving this world and leaving your love ones behind.  

Well, I still will be running my Free NLP Workshop starting next Thursday (2nd Sep). Let me share with you how you make your dreams come true despite adversities.

I may not be able to jump around like I used to but I can still stand and talk knowing that I am on the road to recovery. Meet me next Thursday and I shall inspire you to reach out for your dreams.

Looking forward to running my Value Investing Programme, NLP Practitioner and Master NLP Practitioner Programme starting next month. Of course, nothing is as good as spending time with your love ones and friends.

There was a glimpse of light right at the end. The Lion made a slow dash towards it. It was a dim light but at least there was light. The Lion dragged its tired body moving forward …… and forward …. and forward. The light became brighter and brighter and suddenly, there was a gush of cool fresh air onto whole body of the Lion. It stood outside the tunnel right now, with a worn out and badly injured body, looked up to the sky and roar loudly …………. once again.

Cayden Chang
Founder & Director
BSc(Hons), MSc
Lifelong Learner Award 2008 Honouree
Co-author, “Do You Have What It Takes To Be BOSS?”

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Posted by on Aug 24, 2010 in Inspirational Stories | 0 comments

The Lion continued to move forward in darkness. It can either give up the fight, die in the tunnel  or fight until the end ……………

The Doctor arranged 2 scans for me:  a Bone scan and another CT Scan to check the extend of the spread of the cancerous cells. It wasn’t a good experience when they inject radioactive solution and dye into my body. At least I get to lie down and do nothing when I feel the solution get injected through my arteries and my whole body was then pushed into a huge cylindrical funnel. The rest is just for the machine to do all the work. The unforgettable experience was not the test. It was the surprise look on the nurses’ faces when they said ‘You are still young’ after they read why I am there for the test.

After these 2 scans were done, the 2 weeks of wait before the doctor’s review were a test of my positive mind. Anything could happen. The best case scenario is that the cancer was localised, the worst case scenario is that I only have a few months more to go before I leave this world. It wasn’t easy. The mere thought of leaving my family, my little girl, my wife and this world was not easy ………… these thoughts were inside my mind every single night …… every single night as I look at the cloudy night sky ……….

“We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand”, a quote by Dr Randy Paush who died from pancreatic cancer was what was bouncing inside my head. I have seen his YouTube Video many times but I have never read his book. I then went to Popular Bookshop and bought a copy of his book titled ‘The Last Lecture’. That’s when I have decided to continue to do what I love to do for the next 2 weeks before my Judgement Day.

 Let me share with you how I continue to live my life within these 2 weeks:

1) Conducted my Value Investing Options Strategy Training to 20 trainees at Carlton Hotel with my business partner, Sean. We had a great time! Special thanks to Sean.

2) Enjoyed training my NLP Practitioners for 3 full days:

3) Being interviewed by Ted from Straits Times (Centre) together with my business partner, Pearlin Siow (Left)

4) Meet up entrepreneurs who are featured in my book and so on ………..

Most importantly, spending time with my family. Nothing matters most than my love ones:

Time flies like the speed of sound when it’s limited ………….

Today is the day, it’s the day when the doctor will review my Bone Scan and CT Scan. It’s the morning of 4th Aug and I waited anxiously at Urology Centre at SGH for the doctor to arrive. It seems like a life time. My wife just held my hand tightly waiting ….. and waiting ………… for the doctor to arrive …..

The Lion stopped walking in the dark tunnel. It was getting hard for the Lion to breathe as the air was stale with death.  It caught a few more breaths, pulled its tired body and move on ……..

The story continues ……………

Cayden Chang
Founder & Director
BSc(Hons), MSc
Lifelong Learner Award 2008 Honouree
Co-author, “Do You Have What It Takes To Be BOSS?”

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Posted by on Aug 23, 2010 in Inspirational Stories, NLP Success & Life Tips | 1 comment

Hi Friends

Since young, I have always wanted to see a copy of my book, my very own book being placed on the shelves of bookstores, especially under the ‘BEST SELLERS’ section. It has finally came true after more than 1 year of hard work. With the help of my business partner, Pearlin Siow (who has previously written 3 books), we co-authored this book titled ‘Do You Have What It Takes To Be BOSS?’ sharing the Secret Codes to be a Successful Entrepreneur. In addition, we will be donating ALL our authors’ proceeds to the Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund to help the poor students who do not have money for school and food.

This is the cover of the book:

We have also been interviewed by Straits Times for this book project and the writeup was published in Straits Times on 14th Aug 2010 (Sat).

Please grab a copy at any major bookstores in Singapore such as Popular, Times, MPH, Kinokuniya, Borders, PageOne. You can see the photo where I can with one of the entrepreneur, Judy Koh, who is featured in the book. She runs a Cafe and a Cook School at

See you in  my next Free NLP Workshop.

Check out what they say about my NLP training.

Cayden Chang
Founder & Director
BSc(Hons), MSc
Lifelong Learner Award 2008 Honouree
Licensed NLP Trainer

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Posted by on Aug 19, 2010 in Inspirational Stories | 3 comments

The Lion was walking alone in the tunnel, a narrow dark tunnel. It was so dark that he can’t see its own feet. But he has to continue to move forward, hoping that he would catch a glimpse of light. There was no turning back ………

It was 21st Jul 2010. It was a day where I need to see a specialist for review at Singapore General Hospital after a CT Scan 2 days back. The sky was cloudy ……….. As I laid on the clinic bed, the doctor did a quick scan and gave his diagnosis of the my previous pain in my right waist. He told that it’s alright.

“How about the lump on the left that you have mentioned previously?” I asked the doctor.

“I will need to talk to you about this. Let’s talk over there.” replied the doctor.

The sky was getting darker and darker ……….. and it appears that a storm is brewing outside.

I was brought to a sofa, the doctor launched his laptop application and showed me the picture of the CT Scan and he started explaining.

“As you can see over here (he pointed to the scan), you can see the lump ……………… This lump is over 15 cm and it’s an extension from your left kidney. If you compare the colour shades with your right kidney, this lump has uneven shades whereas your normal right kidney has an even shade of colour. This means that the cells on your left kidney are not normal kidney tissues.” the doctor continued “…….. and 99% of the chance that it is malignant.”

There was a sudden outburst of thunder.

It was a shock. I was just stunned by the news and I found myself quiet most of the time while my wife hold my hands tightly while the doctor continued his explanation of my diagnosis. I wasn’t listening to the doctor. Questions started to shout inside my head.

“Why this has to happen?”

“My mum died of lung cancer and why I am next?”


“What should I do?”

“My daughter is only 2.5 years old?”

“I am still young?”

The questions never seem to end.

“We do not know the extent of the spread of the carcinoma. What we need to do now is to go for further scan of the bones of your whole body and other organs in your thoracic area. If it’s localised, we will have to remove this tumour and you will be fine. If it has spread, we will have to decide another course of action” the doctor continued. “What I will arrange for you is ………”

Another sudden clap of thunder and it started to rain heavily. The Lion continued to move forward inside the tunnel. He could hear the thunder and the heavy rain but he just could not see anything. It appears to be his worst nightmare and it really was.

The story continues …………………..

Cayden Chang
Founder & Director
BSc(Hons), MSc
Lifelong Learner Award 2008 Honouree
Co-author, “Do You Have What It Takes To Be BOSS?”

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