Rebound Stronger with Fauzi

Stories of Courage, Perseverance and Silver Linings There is a saying: the hardest steel goes into the hottest furnace. I believe that we can always overcome adversities. These struggles can come in many forms. I decided that I need to start reaching out to people who have overcome these adversities, and learn from them how they used these difficulties as a stepping stone… how these setbacks changed their lives for the better. I record my conversations with them, so that YOU can also learn from these amazing individuals. Take notes, and take massive action to make our lives better!
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Apr 24, 2016

I met Mr. Joseph Chew few times in seminars and talks arranged by Catholic Business Network Singapore, including the 2015 Chris@Work Conference. In 2015, he published his auto biography titled “The Path to Success and Happiness: Commandments for making money and being happy – God’s way”. He is a devout Catholic and now working as a Senior Financial Services Manager at IPP Financial Advisers. He leads a team of committed advisors to help clients reach financial freedom, God’s way. In addition, he is also served in various church ministries such Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), Divine Mercy, cancer support group at Holy Spirit Church. He is a facilitator of Bible study courses on marriage and finance from Catholic Compass.


Quotes from this episode:

  • “There’s no failure in life, just learning experience”
  • “Our lowest point is the most fertile part of our life”
  • “When I am down, I get down on my knee and pray for God’s help”
  • “All heaven rejoice when a sinner repent.”
  • “Serve everyone as if I am serving Jesus Christ”

Key learning points from this episode:

  • Joseph thought that he would not be able to write his book because he is dyslexic however, God has His ways to make our dream come true by providing the followings:
    • The fund for hiring a ghost writer.
    • The time to write the book: He injured his knee and had to rest at home. He uses this time to write this book.
    • The expertise: sending him an excellent book writing coach.
  • The adversities in life what Joseph called as U-turns. Joseph had experienced 6 major U-turns in his life. He relates these U-turn with the passion of Christ, dying of one-self and the resurrection to a new self. He also refer these U-turn similar to the Parable of the Lost Son (Luke 15:13-32):
    • The downward journey:
      • We often thought we have the formula for success. We chase success with all our might and strength. When we later discover that it does not work, we crash and fall into the lowest point of our life. We try to escape by different ways.
      • We act similar to the young son in the parable who asked his father for his estate. We ask God to give us all the good blessings (good exam results, good career, good spouse, children etc.).
      • Our world view of success is to earn lots of money, the fastest way we know how. We sometimes use God to serve us for our self-glory and achievement.
    • The lowest point of our life:
      • Our lowest point is the most fertile part of our life.
      • We need God’s help. Pray to get God’s help.
      • The moment of awakening: God reveal the truth and identify the mistake we have done. God will reveal the lessons from this low point, provided we humble ourselves enough to accept them.
    • The upturn:
      • We are to follow God’s Holy Spirit and receive His abundance blessing.
    • Surrender and accepting God’s will, whatever it may be.
    • Moving on from losing someone you really love.
      • Think about what God or the person you love (who has passed away) would think if God and the person you love look down from heaven and sees that you are suffering, in pain, wasting your life.
      • Road to recovery will not be easy, it is God’s way to help us become stronger to face challenge ahead. However, God will send you angles and people to guide you.
    • 4 dimensions of holistic healing:
      • Spiritual healing: Developing intimacy with God and hear from Him directly for guidance.
      • Emotional healing: Working through grief and guilt.
      • Mental healing: Surrendering all area of our lives to God.
      • Physical healing: Transferring ownership of our body to God. Thinking right, eating right, doing right, exercising right.
    • On starting to give back and serve others:
      • Giving is part of healing. See through God’s purpose of allowing us to face and experience challenging life situation is to learn and equip ourselves to serve others.
      • Joseph’s 6 U turns:
        • Failing PLSE: To give people a 2nd chance in life and have passion for human development.
        • Retrenchment and born again: To reach out and lead others to know the True God.
        • Financial disaster: to guide others to plan well to avoid financial disaster using God’s way.
        • Wife had cancer: to learn about holistic healing.
        • Wife death: to help people work through grief and facilitating Compass Course
      • Joseph’s most important habits which have contributed to his success:
        • Praying – seek first the Kingdom of God
        • Serving every one as if I am serving Jesus Christ, reflecting the image of God.
        • Obeying whatever God tell me to do, moments by moments.
      • Courage is the ability to face your own fear and overcome them with God’s help.


Books mentioned in this episode:


The Path to Success and Happiness: Commandments for Making Money and Being Happy – God’s Way by Joseph Chew



Miracles Do Happen: God Can Do the Impossible by Briege McKenna O.S.C



Moment by Moment: A Retreat in Everyday Life



Your Money Counts: The Biblical Guide to Earning, Spending , Saving, Investing, Giving and Getting Out of Debt by Howard L. Dayton Jr.



Andy Williams - The Impossible Dream

To dream the impossible dream
To fight the unbeatable foe
To bear with unbearable sorrow
To run where the brave dare not go.

To right the unrightable wrong
To love pure and chaste from afar
To try when your arms are too weary
To reach the unreachable star.

This is my quest
To follow that star 
No matter how hopeless
No matter how far.

To fight for the right
Without question or pause
To be willing to march
Into hell for a heavenly cause.

And I know if I'll only be true
To this glorious quest
That my heart will lie peaceful and calm
when I'm laid to my rest.

And the world will be better for this
that one man scorned and covered with scars
still strove with his last ounce of courage
To fight the unbeatable foe
To reach the unreachable star...


Ways to Contact Joseph:



+65 9661 8089







the path to success and happiness Joseph Chew

Apr 17, 2016

 She is has a big sense of humor and very ambitious too. She broke the Guinness World Record for female longest abdominal plank in 2014. While doing this, she also raised more than 50,000 USD, ten times more than her initial stretch target. She has been featured in many media such as her favorite talk show Ellen Degeneres, ABC News Good Morning America, and many others. She even spoke in front of over 15,000 audience in We Day Seattle in 2015. I first come to know about her when I watched he TED Talk titled “What’s wrong with me? Absolutely Nothing!” In that 12:27 seconds, she inserted many jokes which made me laughed, but most of all, the message she delivered such as to see positive in everything, see things differently is really something I can adopt.


Gabi Ury TEDxSanDiego Talk:

Quotes from this Episode:

  • “You should always try thing as soon as possible, because you’ll always wonder if you keep putting it off”
  • “Courage is being the best version of yourself”

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Not to dwell on the situation which you can’t change, instead live your life as fully as possible.
  • Gabi’s favorite person other than her parent is Mindy Kaling.

Book Mentioned in this Episode:

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Apr 12, 2016

Mr. Edwin Chan has overcome lots of difficulties. He came out from poverty and turned himself into a successful businessman owning multiple businesses. As a child, he lived in church compound, relying clothing, school uniform and books from donations. He became an orphan when he was 15 year old. It was fortunate, he was adopted by an unrelated uncle. Unfortunately, the man passed away when Edwin just completed his A-level. He built his career as a sales man, selling different kind of products, from typewriter, telephone system, encyclopedia, and many others. His philosophy “Tough times will never last but tough people do”. He is the founder of Cambridge Institute which offers language learning programs. He is a man with big heart, he has helped many foreign students in Singapore to enable them finish their education here. I attended his talk titled “Thriving through adversity” about last month.  

Quotes from this Episode:

  • “Since it’s recession, that was the best time for me to go into business.”
  • “The injury is okay now, I should continue because the game is not over.”
  • “Whatever I do, I always give my best.”
  • “When everything is so smooth, it doesn’t mean that things will be smooth all the way, accident happens.”
  • “You are born to this world as a champion. Once a champion is always a champion.”
  • “Courage is your ability to take action regardless of the dire consequences.”

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Think differently, see difficult time as opportunity. Edwin started his first business during Asian financial crisis in 1997.
  • Pay it forward, always do kind to other people.
  • Believe in yourself and having a champion mindset. Always have a good health (able body) and able mind. Always have high spirit.
  • What are the criteria for a great business partner.
  • Finding intrapreneur for your business.
  • Cultivating can do mindset in your employees.
  • Lesson from the spider:
    • Endurance
    • Determination
    • Winning attitude
    • Inspiration
    • Never give up
  • 3F to be successful: Faith, Focus, and Follow through

Books Mentioned in this Episode:

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Apr 3, 2016

I met Eugene Seah in February 2016, when I attended one of his Personal Branding workshops. He has more than 13 years of experience in corporate branding and marketing. He is the Founder of Trainium Academy, Professional Skills Training Provider, specializing in specific areas of EQ and other soft-skills training. He developed Superbrand ME training system to help top executives fully realize their potential and value. He has been featured on television as expert panelist and also invited to speak at major corporations and educational institutions.


Quotes from this Episode:

  • “When you actively adding value to people’s live, you’ll be surprise that value keep coming back to you.”
  • “Courage is taking action despite of having a lot of fear.”

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Self-discovery: Finding out what you love to do and what are you good at.
  • Networking: Shortcut the learning by meeting and learning from people who has done what you want to achieve.
  • The following are great organization for networking
    • Professional association i.e. speaker or coaching association
    • Business Networking International (BNI)
    • Be discipline, start small like wake up in the morning, brushing your teeth.
  • Taking action and just do it.
  • Approaching people to get feedback from others.
  • Continuously improve ourselves, keep sharpening the saw.
  • How to get media coverage.
  • Tips on building personal branding for yourself even as an employee.
  • Forming a mastermind. 

Book Mentioned in this Episode:

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