Some 10 Points From Adam Khoo

Our generation is in a different era of challenges – a time where we would go encounter 2 to 3 career changes throughout our working life. What does it take to emerge triumphant? Here are 10 short and sweet learning points I got from Adam Khoo’s keynote speech at Future Leaders Summit 2015.


1) Think CANI (continuous and never-ending improvement); because maintaining the status quo is impossible in this day and age that is rapidly changing.

2) You don’t have to be the biggest or the first, you just have to be the fastest to change. “If the rate of change on the outside exceeds the rate of change on the inside, the end is near.” – Jack Welch

3) Give excuses, blame, complain and justify: ditch all of these. We commit them for the feel-good factor, to protect our ego, and to de-stress. BUT they are counterproductive.

4) If you are the one who create wealth and happiness, you have control over it and you can change it. Take 100% responsibility and ownership; ‘For things to change, I must change first.’

5) Personal power is the ability to take action; when you blame someone, you are in fact giving away your power.

6) Events (E) + Response (R) = Outcome (O)
Events can be positive or negative; they are fixed and can’t be changed. What we can change is our response to an event. Therefore, the outcome ultimately depends on our response.

7) Personal mastery is the ability to master your thoughts and emotions; true wealth is not the value of your assets. Connections, experiences and ideas in the head are your real assets.

8) If 82 year old “comeback kid” Lim Tow Yong can bounce back from bankruptcy, so can you!

9) Be a victor, not a victim; know that everything happens for a reason. There are blessings in disguise.
Victim’s response: Why did this happen to me? Whose fault is this? What have I lost?
Victor’s response: What can I learn? How can this be a blessing? What do I have? How can I turn this around?

10) Adopt the 21st century mindset and skills:

The 21st Century Mindset
Value creation
Constant and never-ending improvement
Learn, unlearn and relearn
Taking responsibility
Calculated risk-taking
Resilience (managing adversity)

The 21st Century Skills
Creativity and innovation skills
Critical thinking and problem solving
Communicate and collaborate
Leadership – persuasion and influence
Social media literacy – networking and branding


“Don’t wish it was easier wish you were better. Don’t wish for less problems wish for more skills. Don’t wish for less challenge wish for more wisdom.” – Jim Rohn


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