National Achievers Congress 2014 – My 29 Key Takeaways

{ Day One of NAC 2014 }

For the first time ever, I bought a VIP ticket to the National Achievers Congress (NAC). Was it worth the S$808 I paid? Ask me at the end of the 3rd day. 😀

Today, I posted updates on my facebook page regarding my key learning points from each speaker (before lunch). After lunch, my Samsung phone was getting low on battery juice, and I decided to give it a break.

Here are 29 Key Takeaways from the whole day of learning (and a wee bit of yawning) –

The A to H (no time for the rest till Z) from Jerome Tan

*Also, Jerome mentioned that LUCK actually stands for ‘Labor Under Correct Knowledge’. And LUCK took him from bankruptcy to where he is today.

1) Acceptance of self
2) Believe in yourself
3) Commitment – tell people your dreams. They will laugh, but whomever laughs last, laughs best!
4) Dream BIG
5) Excellence in everything you do
6) Faith – plant seeds through charity
7) Give – the more you give, the more you receive
8) Happy about anything that happens in your life. Think about how to add more value to others. Give away your ebooks, etc.

*There was a really awkward moment when Jerome suddenly spoke about his “fast and furious” sex life – he comes fast and she is furious, according to him. I’m not sure if he meant it as a (bad) joke or he was so nervous, he had no idea what he was saying. It woke everyone up, at least. 😛

From Andrew Matthews, one of my favorite authors:

9) Happiness is a choice.
10) It’s not what happens to you, it’s how you respond to it.
11) Negative thoughts are like rats. They get company. Combat them by thinking of ONE GOOD THING about whatever situation you are in, e.g. 1 good thing about being broke is that you find out who your real friends are.
12) Handle big things ONE BITE at a time.
13) Be grateful, then you’ll be happy. Miserable people think they must be happy before they can be grateful.
14) Happiness is not an accident. Not dependent on our bank balance. It is a daily decision!

Andrew also illustrated as he spoke. Absolutely lovely cartoons:

Andrew Matthews

Got to take a selfie with Andrew during lunch break – one perk of being a VIP ticket holder:

Andrew Matthews

*The lights at the Resorts World Convention Center are really horrid for photo-taking. Pictures turn out all orangey-yellow. So I went with a black-and-white filter for this one. LOL.

And Andrew’s autograph! I have 3 of his books, purchased a long time ago! 😀

Andrew Matthews

And speaking to us next was Patrick Liew, a fixture at just about every NAC I’ve attended! 🙂 Love his jokes, by the way!

Patrick Liew

15) To be successful, find a COMPELLING reason to be successful.

16) Purpose drives Performance.

17) Be successful so you can do more for the world.

18) There are people making $ even in the worst of times. Find out HOW.

19) If you want to fly with eagles, don’t mix around with chickens.

20) Property investments: look for Outlier, Gap and Value-added properties.

21) 9 out of every 10 Singaporeans who became millionaires got their wealth directly or indirectly due to property investments. Does this give you a clue?

22) Have a DREAM. Patrick’s dream is to out-GIVE Bill Gates.

“The best way to live your life is to live your life for others. The more you reach out to bless other lives, the richer and better your life will become.” – Patrick Liew

And from Internet Marketer Chan Peng Joon:

Chan Peng Joon

23) Sell only two things: Ebooks and Membership sites.

24) Automate a Niche, Build a Product, Convert Customers. [Go to forums, find the Top 10 things that people ask all the time, provide a solution, offer the forum owner 50-100% comms to promote your product]

From Adam Ginsberg, who got a ‘tough crowd’ battling post-lunch food coma and the Zzz monster:

25) Arbitrage Profit Method (no inventory, no overheads) – Go to Amazon, find a product to list on ebay at a higher price, take the money, checkout on Amazon which will ship it out for you, and you keep the profit. *Beware: ebay might suspend your account if it finds you doing this without Adam’s (approved) software

From Cayden Chang

26) High income earners don’t pay bills first. They save and invest first, then think about paying the bills (e.g. buying that car or condo)

From Sean Seah:

27) 4 Strategies: Capital Appreciation, Dividend Strategies, Stock Arbitrage, Options Writing. [Shall not go into more detail here, but the session was pretty insightful]

From John Burley, who spoke about property investments:

28) Raise $ first, Get $10K or more upfront, Buy real estate for BIG discounts, Appreciation and cash flow when you want.

29) “Not about real estate, the deal, the money… [but about] meeting the investors’ emotional needs”

*Picture Credits: Patrick Liew and Chan Peng Joon’s pictures are from the National Achievers Congress facebook page.

There are some people who know that I attend this-and-that seminar and contact me asking me for my takeaways and notes and so forth. I think this is incredibly rude. If I’d like to share my takeaways (I usually do), I post them on my facebook page and this blog. I find it ridiculous that people make demands of me. I spent good money and my time (which I value more than money) to attend these seminars. If you are unwilling to spend the money and/or don’t have the time to attend any of these seminars, perhaps ask “Grace, will you be sharing your takeaways from XX seminar on your blog?” If I say I won’t, then don’t demand to see my notes or meet me for coffee so I can “download” the information to you, ok? Please, have some respect for people.

If you’d like me to continue sharing, just leave a simple “thank you” comment each time, and I’ll continue to share. I hate it when people demand things from me. It’s just so rude and makes me feel so upset that I can’t even explain adequately how I feel about this.

I’ve said this already and I’ll say it again. I really value my time, so if I don’t want to meet you for coffee, I really do not want to meet you for coffee. Unless your coffee is worth S$808 or more. 😛


National Achievers Congress 2013 – Speakers & Special Promo Code

*Update* Just spotted on Youtube that you can get 20% discount off NAC tix by using the promo code 20LESS. Not sure if it’s just a Labour Day promo or not 🙂

The annual National Achievers Congress never fails to get me excited about their lineup of speakers each year! This year is no different. We’ll get to hear from *drumroll* Sir Richard Branson! Some people I’ve interviewed for this blog previously will also be speaking at the event – watch out for Vanessa Tan and Cayden Chang. 🙂 My friend, Sean Seah, will be speaking at the NAC too – I’m so happy for him! And hopefully, one day I’ll be able to take the stage at the NAC too. Muahaha! *Dreams up plans for world domination*

Needless to say, I’ll be at the NAC this year too, from 10th to 12th May. You’ll be there too right? If you haven’t bought your tickets, get them now at [use promo code GRACE to receive 15% discount off General and VIP seats!] Alternatively, call Gwen at 86120291 – mention this blog and you get the discount too. No reason not to be there! 🙂

Here’s some information about the speakers at this year’s NAC, that I got from Success Resources:

Business Development
1. Sir Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Group – “Business Secrets They Never Teach In School”. He will be sharing about his ups and downs while building up Virgin Group. 
2. Keith Cunningham, Foremost Authority on Business Mastery – “The Keys To Unlock And Ignite Your Business”. He will be imparting critical business skills which you need to be the market leader in your industry. 
3. Gerry Roberts, Bestselling Author, Mentor and International Speaker – “The Most Underestimated & Effective Vehicle for Driving Your Marketing”. He will cover the unconventional and innovative ideas for marketing which will boost your marketing efforts to an all new level. 
4. Andy Harrington, The World’s Leading Public Speaking Expert – “Powerful & Effective Presentation Tactics for Business”. He will be touching on the essential “know-hows” on how to persuade your customers both in person or in groups and influence them towards penning their signature on your desired dotted lines. 
Personal Growth
5. Les Brown, World’s Leading Motivational Speaker – “Hungry for Opportunity”. 
He will ignite the hunger in you wanting to succeed even more. He will uncover the boldness and confidence that is already imbued in you. He will reignite the “WHY” you need to be hungry to succeed. 
6. Robert Riopel, World Class Trainer and Success Coach – “Pursuing Success Or Just Running In Circles”. He is the currently the lead trainer in T Harv Eker’s Millionaire Mind Intensive Seminar. He will share with us on how to manage your time with your family, friends and work and meanwhile achieving your financial goals. It’s not just about earning Millions but what’s your purpose in earning them. 
7. Andrew Bryant, Self Leadership Author, Coach and Motivational Speaker – “Self-Leadership As a Strategy for Success”. He will be covering on the secrets and tips on how to build a successful team. With his background of physiotherapy, neuro-semantics, hypnosis and positive psychology, he will be able to share more using these techniques to build a strong team. He is extremely suitable for Managers for mid to high level management. 
8. Cheri Tree, Leading Authority on Sales Training – “Increase your Sales by 300% – Crack the personality code and take it to the BANK”. She will be uncovering the proven sales techniques and sales training systems. She also will be sharing about her B.A.N.K system on how to grow your sales exponentially. She is extremely suitable for people in the Sales industry
Wealth Creation
9. Ewen Chia, World’s #1 Performer in Internet Affiliate Marketing – “Create your personal online ATM machine” He is the Guru for your online marketing. He will share tips and strategies if you are actually into an online business already to grow it to an all new level. 
10. Courtney Smith, History-Making Stock Market Investor – “An investment fueled income for life – Guaranteed!” Retired at the age of 22. He continued to explore knowledge in stock market. Seen it coming up and down several times, he will share with you the techniques and skills to make sure you will not be burnt but instead earn during such bad times. He is extremely suitable for people in the Finance industry
11. Sean Seah & Cayden Chang – Masters of Value Investing “Win consistently in a volatile market”. Sean and Cayden will be sharing their secrets on how to make money during these period of bearish market. How to seize the opportunity and gain the advantage in the stock market during bad times. 
12. Dr Rohan and Matthew Snedden, Global Property Investment Strategists – “Building wealth and financial freedom through property”. With the current global property market, these property experts will share with you the various opportunities which can be seized at such times like this. 
13. Marcus Di Maria, Forex – “Forex your way to freedom” – Building a consistent FOREX system towards accumulating profits. Marcus will share with you the mental model of an investor about their greed and fear during the ups and down times and how to thrive to take advantage and earn. 
Honestly, I’m looking forward mainly to hearing from Sir Richard Branson, Les Brown and Andy Harrington. However, the rest of the speakers seem like authorities in their field too, so I believe the NAC will be worth the time spent there. 🙂
Date: 10th – 12th May 2013
Time: 9am – 6pm
Location: Singapore Expo Hall 3A
Attire: Smart Casual
Ticket Pricing

VIP: S$2,228.00
Benefits of VIP: (VIP Treatment, Priority Sign-In, Access to VIP Lounge for lunch/dinner with Sir Richard Branson and key speakers, Private Q&A Session with Key Speakers and seated right in the first few rows.)

General: S$88.00

Stall: S$48.00

To get your tickets, head over to [use promo code GRACE to receive 15% discount off General and VIP seats!] Alternatively, call Gwen at 86120291 – mention this blog and you get the discount too.

I’ll see you at the NAC! 😀

Learn-A-Thon 2011 – The Best From 14 Of Asia’s Top Wealth Creation Experts

If you’ve missed Monday’s Learn-A-Thon at Kallang Theatre and did not get to hear from the 14 Wealth Creation experts, you’re in luck. 🙂

Here’s what I took away from their presentations of 3-minutes each:

Adam Khoo: get yourself to take action; buy that stock or start that business!

Wendy Kwek: There’s no great success by focusing on making a living; only way to create sustainable success is by making a difference in other people’s lives.

Jerome Tan: Have faith. The more you give, the more you receive.

Jim Khoo: Learn to give. Give of your time, talent, thoughts. Live your life for others.

Boyd Au: Be diligent and skillful. Persevere to achieve your objectives, be passionate and believe in what you are doing. No shortcuts. The more you sow, the more you reap. Sow into your brand. Make yourself known – What you stand for; Your brand promise. Sow into society.

Dave Rogers: Stillness will guide you. Listen. The heart, the ear, the honor of being able to give.

Ken Sapp: 1)Passion; find what you love; what you are created for. 2)Knowledge, expertise. 3)Market- find out what people want; their desires.

Andrew Chow: Social Capital. HAM. Hand – hold other people’s hands and work with them. Attitude – be genuinely interested in people. Mindset- be creative.

Jaz Lai – take action. The more you do; the easier it becomes. Perseverance.

Arthur camazzi – Outsourcing with odesk, elance, etc

Tan Yang Po– ‘Cash Your Passion’ written in 7 days. You don’t have to know everything. You just need the willpower to want to do it. Put your mind and soul into doing. Focus and make it happen.

Ken Chee– Buy good assets undervalued.

KC See – Discover and follow your passion. Rich people don’t work hard for money; they make money work hard for them.

Mike Handcock – Have a “playground” instead of a network; where friends like to turn up and play games. Great questions lead to great answers, which provide great information and lead to great decisions. Know what questions to ask. Know why you are doing what you are doing.

*Disclaimer: These notes were taken by me and based on what I heard. I take no responsibility for their accuracy though, as I was seated right at the back of the room! XD

Learn-A-Thon managed to raise $132,850 for the victims of the recent floods in Thailand, Cambodia and the Philippines. It is the brainchild of Patrick Liew, CEO of HSR International Realtors Pte Ltd. The Guest-Of-Honour was Dr Mohamad Maliki Osman, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Defence and National Development and Mayor of the South-East District.

Please contact Mercy Relief ( if you’d like to do your part in helping the flood victims.

Here are some of the wishes that participants of Learn-A-Thon put up on a board, including mine 🙂

Interview with Vince Tan

Vince Tan

Internet Marketing Evangelist, International Speaker

1) Why did you choose to become an Internet Marketer and what do you love most about what you do?

Because I was into a web design business and therefore it seems like a logical progression to go from that to Internet marketing. What I love most about what I do is that I am able to do it from anywhere and all I really need is just a laptop and Internet connection!

2) What is your mission in Life?

To empower people around me to live the life they want and be happy always though that’s not exactly 100% possible but at least we try.

3) Who are the people who inspire you?

There isn’t exactly one specific person who inspires me. There’re a lot of little things that I see or hear or read or people I meet that collectively shape the way I think. For example, I have been speaking a lot lately and everyone thinks that I was trained by some mentor but I have never actually been formally trained before. Many have asked if I have modelled after anyone in terms of thinking so positively, and the answer is I have actually never read any popular motivation books before 🙂 which explains my answer of being moulded by the little things that appear along the way.

4) How would you advise people who want to make the transition from a “safe and comfortable job” into a venture which may or may not work out in their favor?

Well, the thing is, the notion of a safe and comfortable job isn’t exactly true. It’s a misconception. People think it’s safe and comfortable but it isn’t. It’s not safe because your destiny is in the hands of your boss, 2 words and there goes your job. And as for comfort, if it is truly comfortable we won’t be hearing people complaining about their job and bosses way too often. So when you think about it, what’s the worst case scenario should you choose to quit your job and startup your own? If it doesn’t work out, 6 to 12 months down the road , just get another job and chances are it will not pay you any lower than when you have left it. But if things work out, you are free from a job!

5) How would you define ‘Success’?

To be successful is when you live the life you want, being happy and empowering people around you to achieve the same.

Grace says: If I do give out awards to interviewees, Vince will DEFINITELY win the ‘Fastest Response’ award. I sent him a request for an interview, his response came in a minute, I sent him the questions, and he sent his answers within 40 minutes. Seriously amazing!

Reponse time aside, I love his answer to Qn 4. Too often, people use a myriad of excuses to explain why they can’t leave their jobs and start the business they have been dreaming about. Unless, of course, you have many mouths at home to feed, you likely have the ability to strike out on your own. So, today, do consider if you’re one of those “stuck” in a comfortable job, and decide once and for all whether you’ll (a) stick to that job and quit complaining, or (b) quit that job and stick to doing something you love and have been dreaming about!

Look out for: The interview with Irene Ang, actress and FLY entertainment boss, out next Friday, 18th March 2011! 😀