When He Was Born, His Parents Knew ~He Was Special~

Posted by on Apr 30, 2015 in Inspirational Stories | 0 comments

However, when they learned about the disabilities Patrick has at birth, they were devastated.

Patrick Hughes is a young man at Univ. of Louisville who was born blind and crippled. He was born without functioning eyes. He is diagnosed with Anophthalmia, a medical term for the absence of one or both eyes. Both the globe (human eye) and the ocular tissue are missing from the orbit.

He is also diagnosed with Hip dysplasia, a congenital or developmental deformation or misalignment of the hip joint. He cannot fully straighten out his arms and his legs, making him unable to walk. In addition, to correct scoliosis, Patrick’s spine needs to be surgically attached with two steel rods.

Disabled Is Not Unabled

However, despite with all his disabilities, he never gives up and never let the obstacles stand in the way of achieving his dreams. He found ways to be an inspiration to us all. When Patrick Henry was asked to describe his disabilities, he replied that “He is not disabilities at all, but more abilities. This amazing guy has taught the world that “Disabled is Not Unabled“. He said: “God made me blind and unable to walk. Big deal! He gave me the musical talents I have, and the great opportunity to meet new people.”

Extraordinary Abilities

Patrick Henry showed extraordinary abilities at a very early age despite his physical challenges. He is an amazing pianist. By his second birthday, the toddler could play songs on the piano after hearing them only once. He was playing request, e.g. “You are my Sunshine.”

His father, Patrick John Hughes sees the talent in him in playing piano, decided that instead of playing baseball, he is going to play music together with Patrick Henry. He was excited about it and wants to see how far they can run with this.

Patrick Henry, despite his physical challenges, now plays the piano beautifully as well as “marches” in the Louisville marching band, for five seasons with help from his father, Patrick John Hughes.

Patrick Henry Hughes at parade

He is not only a university student, but also plays a wide array of musical instruments, is an accomplished singer, and an exuberant trumpet player in the University of Louisville School of Music Marching and Pep Band.

He has been featured on ESPN, ABC-TV, Oprah, CBS-TV, The Ellen Show, Extreme Make Over Home Edition, and many, many others.

This truly Amazing, Inspiration & Heart-warming story of Perseverance is something we can all learn from. And how Patrick`s parents focused on their son`s abilities to help him fulfilled his dreams despite his disabilities.

Ask yourself these questions:

–       Are your obstacles real or imagined?

–       Are you willing to step out of your comfort zone?

–       Are you always giving excuses that you can’t accomplish your dreams?

Just like Patrick, you can accomplish anything you put your mind to. There is no excuse for you to avoid following your dreams and accomplishing them.

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Ms. Irene, Programme Manager

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HIS PARENTS ABANDONED HIM – GUESS WHAT HAPPENED NEXT!

Posted by on Mar 27, 2015 in Inspirational Stories | 0 comments

His Parents Abandoned Him When They Saw What He Looked Like

30-year-old Jono Lancaster was born with a rare genetic disorder, Treacher Collins syndrome. He was abandoned by his parents when they saw what he looked like. Treacher Collins syndrome affects facial bone and tissue development. It is a rare condition and effect just one in 50,000 people which prevents the skull, cheek and jawbones from developing properly. Problems range in severity from mild to very severe. In most cases, the child’s intelligence is normal.

His Amazing Story will move you.

Jono Lancaster faced many difficult situations in his life. Though abandoned and bullied, he accepts himself for who he is and what he looks like and decides to spend his life making others feel comfortable in their own skin and raising awareness. Now, he is an inspiration and hope for a lot of children and their families.

He believes that he is born with a purpose in life to accomplish a wonderful task in this world.

He travels world-wide to educate the public about the disorder. He has flown to Australia and New Zealand to meet with children who share the same condition, to give them inspiration and show them what they can achieve in life, including two-year-old Zackary Walton.

Jono Lancaster

Mother Sarah Walton, mother of Zachary, says the 30-year-old of West Yorkshire has left a huge impact on her family.

‘It gives me hope that my son can grow up to be a happy man just like Jono Lancaster.’ 

Family Photo of Zac with Lancaster

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NLP SINGAPORE – 10 THINGS YOU CAN DO TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR LIFE IN 2014

Posted by on Jan 17, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Hi Friends

When I was a little boy, I have always heard people around me talking about setting New Year Resolution. The interesting phenomenon is that a year after setting New Year Resolution, somehow, things did not change much. Why is that so? Most of the people that I know will shove the New Year Resolution aside after setting and totally forgot about it. So some of the key things you need to DO to make sure that things get DONE is to TAKE MASSIVE ACTION  once your goals are set.

So what are some of the AMAZING THINGS that you can do for yourself this year? Check out this list:

1.       Review your Achievements for the past year

As you look back last year, list down the top 3 things that you have done well and then reward yourself. Also list down the top 3 things that you felt it could have been better. Ask yourself are there any things that you have learnt where it can make you a better person. In NLP, if you are able to gather some positive learning from any negative experiences that you have, in fact, you are applying a tool in NLP called Reframing.

2.       Fulfill at least one of your Dreams

If there is 1 dream that can be achieved this year, what will they be? Put in your best effort this year and achieve them. There were a couple of my dreams that were fulfilled last year:

(i)                  Brought my family to Hokkaido & Disneyland

(ii)                Met Sir Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Group with a Networth of US$46 Billion (see picture below)

(iii)              Met Warren Buffett, Richest Investor on Forbes List with a Networth of US$58.5 Billion

(iv)              Met Zhang Zuo Lei, Billionaire Businessman from China

(iv)              Build strong working relationship with Richard Tan, CEO of Success Resources Pte Ltd, the largest event organizer in the world

(iv)              Meeting Professor Bruce Greenwald in Columbia University, etc

Find those that are FUN to do!

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With Sir Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Group

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Zhang Zuo Lei, Billionaire Businessman who owns Ba Su Mu Group

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3.       Tell your love ones “I love you”

If there are 3 people that you are absolutely grateful for who have made a difference in your life, who will these people be? Assuming that they are still around and you have always wanted to tell them something important, tell them!  I remembered I have a NLP Graduate who loved her mum so much but she has always procrastinated to tell her how much she loved her mum. Eventually she took up the courage to do it and she felt phenomenal! Her article is available here: http://www.nlpinsingapore.com/inspiration-story/nlp-singapore-the-hug

4.       Exercise

“Take care of your body. It’s the only you have to live” ~ Jim Rohn. I came across this quote when I visited an exhibition called Body World in New York. It really gave me a fresh perspective of life. Most of the people finds exercising tiring and tough to do. I share similar experiences. So what I did was simply to do something that I like – Brisk Walk with an pipe-in music from iPhone & weight training in front of the TV. Recently, I have shifted to a place where it’s a few minutes walk from West Coast Park. It’s really Beautiful during the day and night. That further motivates me to exercise. You may like to play basketball, golf or any sports that give a great workout. Just DO it!

west-coast-parkAn evening shot at West Coast Park

5.       Read

Recently I have just shifted my house and I realized that I really got of tons of books that I have bought but not read yet. If you have any books that you have but not read them, read one this year. If you are very busy in your life and find completing reading a book a hassle, read articles instead. Personally, I love to read posting by Sir Richard Branson in his personal Blog as well as summarised biographies at www.biography.com.

6.       Remove negative people in your life

One of my favourite quotes was “Surround yourself with people that will lift you higher” by Oprah Winfrey. I have always love hanging out with positive people and people who will support your dreams and goals in my life. They bring energy, encouragement, support and warmth into my life. If you have any people in your life that is taking most of the energy out of you, vanish them from your universe or you vanish yourself from their universe. You will be happier.

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Participants from Batch Swish 26 during Day 6 of our NLP Training

7.       Have FUN and DO something crazy!

Life is short! If you have always wanted to do something crazy and outrageous (assuming that it’s legal and ethical), DO it! A couple weeks ago, my company launched our 1st investment book called “Invest Lah!” and I dressed myself up as a Cash Cow Mascot. We had SO MUCH FUN in our launch. Watch video below. So is there something that you have always wanted to do but did not have a chance, Screw it Just Do it! You may also learn HOW TO INVEST in an EXTREMELY FUN way by clicking Mind Kinesis Value Investing Academy.

8.       Help someone

Since my encounter with Kidney Cancer, it has changed the way how I look at life. I have been organising small charity events or participating in such events since 2010. The most memorable one is when I brought the patients from Hospice Care Association for a day trip at Gardens by the Bay and I almost cried at the end of the event. It was a meaningful one. For this year, I will be organising another one. If you decide to help someone but do not have time, you don’t have to organise anything. Just volunteer yourself for the day, or if you see any people who are handicapped in some ways and are selling tissue paper, buy a few packs from them and chat with them. You will be surprise what you can learn from them about life.

9.       Show Gratitude to your friends and/or colleagues

I remembered years ago when I was working in a public listed company, I have to managed a few hundred staffs. It was pretty challenging to motivate them. Having said that, I came out with an idea one day – give candies to my female staffs. As my staffs are predominantly male and are in large numbers, I have decided to give thanks starting from a small group which are the female staffs. On the eve of Valentine’s Day, I personally packed about 30 packs for the female staffs. When they came to work on that day, my staff gave every single lady staff the packed candy and said “Happy Valentine’s Day!”. Guessed what happened? One lady staff entered my office and said that for the past 25 years, I am the only manager that has showed appreciation for the years of effort of my staff. After she spoke to me, she went out and shared to her colleagues how happy she was.

Ask yourself this – Do you have any friends or colleagues that have helped you previously and you have no chance to thank them? Give them a surprise. It can be a handwritten note, a small and cute gift, etc.

Gratitude-Rock

10.   Look at the Stars, the Sky, the Trees, the Sea

Visit any places of nature and be part of it. We spent so much time working, working and working and we should give ourselves a break and be with nature. Go to the nearest beach and enjoy the sun, sand and the sea. Lie down somewhere and enjoy the stars or the sky or the clouds. Admire how beautiful the nature is, paying attention to the sound of nature and remember how it feels!

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Cayden Chang

Founder & Director, Mind Kinesis Management International & Mind Kinesis Investments Pte Ltd
BSc(Hons), MSc
Lifelong Learner Award 2008 Honouree

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NLP SINGAPORE – Just 2 Little Stories about My Life

Posted by on Feb 20, 2013 in Inspirational Stories | 0 comments

Hi Friends

I remembered years ago when I came across a video called “The Last lecture”. It was really inspiring and it shared how a man by the name of Dr Randy Paush faced death when he knew he was dying soon.

Watch this video below:

In 2010, after I survived Kidney Cancer and written my will, I have always wanted to leave my story behind for my children. After delaying for almost 2 years and with the help of a good friend, Aurelia, I finally summarised and convert my story into 2 digital stories. Hope you like it.

Story 1 – “It Happened to Me”

Story 2 – “While I am Alive”

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Have a GREAT Week ahead!

Cayden Chang
Founder & Director, Mind Kinesis Management International & Mind Kinesis Investments Pte Ltd
BSc(Hons), MSc
Lifelong Learner Award 2008 Honouree
Co-author, “Do You Have What It Takes To Be BOSS?

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NLP SINGAPORE – LOTS OF GRATITUDE TO MY FRIENDS & SWISH 23

Posted by on Feb 13, 2013 in Inspirational Stories | 0 comments

Hi Friends

On 8 Jan 2013, it was a beautiful where I had a meeting in the morning at 10:30am. Unfortunately, I felt uncomfortable suddenly and I admit myself to National Cancer Centre as there were signs of a possible relapse of my kidney cancer. It has been 2 years since I had my mango-size tumour removed, but during that moment, my mind ran wild. For the next remaining day, I was running between National Cancer Centre and Urology Centre (in SGH) trying to get a chance to see a doctor, and eventually I did. I was scheduled to go through a series of blood tests, urine tests, Ultrasound Scan & CT Scans. A couple of doses of medicine from my regular doctor makes me feel better. It wasn’t a good feeling but it was a great reminder about life.

For the next few weeks, life went on as usual and when I posted some updates of my episodes on Facebook, I started to receive lots of care and concerns from my friends. See some of my Facebook status comments on my posts:

Coincidentally. most of them are my current or past NLP Participants. I was really really touched. In addition, I get surprise smses, calls and even visits at my office. It’s during such difficult times where I know how I have treated people in the past just based on their care and concerns.

As I had my tests done throughout the weeks that follow,  I continued to do what I love – had a large batch of Value Investing Programme (VIP) done, conducted numerous speaking engagements and last day of NLP Swish 23:

 

With all these engagements going on, the most touching moments took place on 26th Jan 2013 where I was running last day of my NLP Training for Batch Swish 23. The training ended around 5:30pm where suddenly, one of the participant, Harry, said that he is something to share. He plugged his thumbdrive into my laptop and he started playing a short video clip from the movie Rocky:

I was so focused on the video that I did not realized that some of them already positioned themselves to do something that was simply crazy: 

Guess what they were preparing to do when they turn over? An NLP Skit!!!! YES!! An NLP Skit. It was HILARIOUS!! At the same time, it was so touching of them to take time off their family and work to run rehearsals for this skit:


When the skit was over, I was on my feet, laughing. It was too hard to bear.

Then suddenly, another NLP friend of ours called Cassandra came up said something that eventually put me to tears and at that moment, Ken came up simultaneously and presented a card that was specially designed to motivate me:

 

That’s how the card looks like:

 


Our Parting Shot to the Wonderful People who have contributed to the Skit, not forgetting the rest of the class who were there to brighten up the entire room:


 

Last point that I wish to share that, of all the 1001 reasons why I could hang on to my passion for so loooong is simply this – I am always surrounded by friends who really appreciate what I do ….. with all my heart!

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Have a GREAT Week ahead!

Cayden Chang
Founder & Director, Mind Kinesis Management International & Mind Kinesis Investments Pte Ltd
BSc(Hons), MSc
Lifelong Learner Award 2008 Honouree
Co-author, “Do You Have What It Takes To Be BOSS?

 

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