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Tapping on personal power to achieve success

05 November 2012

Mr Viswa Sadasivan (left), forum moderator, with Mr Khoo at the spirited forum

The power of positive thinking turned Mr Adam Khoo's life around when he was a secondary school student. Applying this motto, the alumnus from the NUS Business School went on to train more than 500,000 students, teachers, professionals, executives and business owners to tap their personal power and achieve excellence in their various fields of endeavour.

Speaking at NUS' U@live forum on 31 October, Mr Khoo shared how he overcame being labelled as an "underachiever" to eventually become a successful entrepreneur and best-selling author. He also helms Adam Khoo Learning Technologies Group which offers personal and professional development and education.

Recounting candidly about his difficult childhood, the dynamic speaker admitted that he was not interested in studies and often got into fights. Things got so bad that he was expelled. Although he found another school to complete his primary education, he did not manage to enrol in the secondary school he wanted.

A motivational programme he was sent to when in secondary school marked the turning point of his life. He realised that the key to being a good student was not about intelligence but rather, study techniques. He learnt about mind mapping and memory setting which earned him straight As in school. And the most precious lesson for him - "for things to change, I have to change first".

Drawing inspiration from Anthony Robbins, an American self-help author and motivational speaker, he also set goals which included attending NUS and making his first million by the age of 26. He attributes his driving force to wanting to be recognised but has since realised that "money doesn't make you happy for long". Instead, he now enjoys helping people and doing what he loves - inspiring people to take action.

Asked about the lives he has helped transform, he cited a woman who suffered from depression after getting a stroke. Mr Khoo encouraged and guided her during this period and she was able to fulfil her goals of re-entering the workforce and starting her own business.

Mr Khoo later answered questions which included advice on managing studies and tackling life after university, whether his success can be attributed to his personality, and how to push oneself to become successful.