Success Is Not What it Seems
Mindfulness has helped me find true success in life. Since young I defined success as having lots of money and external recognitions, and tend to look up to people who are rich. Now I see beyond my bank account and external awards.
As an experienced financial consultant since 2009, and having practised mindfulness and meditation for more than 10 years, I have met many people with fat bank accounts but sadly they still feel lack of abundance in their soul.
When I advise my friends and clients on financial management, I remind them to be mindful to master money instead of being enslaved by it.
True success has to be holistic, where what we own and who we are must align rather than conflict. I am on a mission to help others grow their wealth and health through Mindful Success – physical, mental, and financial wellness.
There are three parts in my mindful success series, walking meditation, mindfulness sharing (M.E.N.G Philosophy framework) and Enneagram personality coaching.
About Mindful Success
I must give all the credit for creating this film to my student Raven, who benefited from my walking meditation and Enneagram personality coaching sessions. She voluntarily created this video to help promote my movement so that more people can benefit from mindfulness and improve their mental wellness.
Human connection has become challenging in today’s dynamic and fiercely competitive world. Depression cases are also on the rise, and many people are stress-eating and putting their physical well-being on the back burner.
Join me on my complimentary Mindful Success Programs and refresh your mind, body, and soul for a more successful life. Walking meditation.
Online meditation and mindfulness sharing.
The Enneagram personality coaching
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Why did I embark on mindfulness, what does mindfulness has to do with success? Connect with me through my story.
Chapter One: (1/3)
I was born in the late 70’s. My parents dropped out after primary 3, and worked hard to make ends meet for our family. Perhaps that is the reason they focused a lot on my grades.
Unfortunately, I disappointed them because I often failed my English exams. I received lots of caning from my mum because of that. To my parents, good grades was everything. If I did not do well in my academic, I would not do well in life. Gradually, my self-esteem dropped to an all-time low.
Throughout my childhood, I got to know different type of friends, and some of them bullied me. All those experiences triggered me to deepen my awareness of human behaviours.
What makes people like my parents and bullies behave the way they did? I was very curious about human behaviour, but at that young age I did not know where to find answers.
Thankfully, I passed my PSLE (primary school leaving exams) and progressed to secondary school. That made my parents very happy. (continue next page)
Chapter One: (2/3)
Things became a lot better when I was in secondary school. I discovered that I was good in creative subjects, and got top grades for my design and technologies subject twice.
During that period of my life, I also read a book called “The Door to Satisfaction” by Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
Here’s a quick short story about how I eventually encountered this book.
Since I was age 5 or 6, I was constantly curious about death: where do we go after we die? My mother told me: “Boy, death is just like sleeping, but you don’t wake up, don’t think so much about it!”
When I became a teenager, another question came to me: what is the purpose of life, what are we here for? (continue next page)
Chapter One: (3/3)
I started asking these questions to my classmates, friends, teachers and family members. Everyone gave me a different answer, and the classic response from my mother was, “do well in your studies and obtain good grades is what you need to do.” Disappointed, I thought to myself, “since I am unable to seek answers from humans, why not try books.”
When I turned 15, I went to my neighbourhood public library, and by chance I walked to a random bookshelf, and found this book “The Door to Satisfaction” by Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
Something inside me prompted me to borrow the book. To my surprise, despite my less-than-perfect English abilities, I finished reading it. I have never finished any other book before this!
This book consists of many short stories. It does not teach readers how to meditate or ask us to do anything, or instruct readers to be mindful. Yet, after I had finished the book, I became so aware of my personal motives, and this is why I found this book so profound. It was like communicating directly to my subconsciousness.
Seeking the path to success
Through hard work, I graduated from my secondary school and entered a polytechnic, greatly delighting my parents.
I found myself gradually becoming fixated on what “success” was. Observing social norms, I decided that success was defined by academic success, monetary rewards, and having lots of awards and recognitions.
But I wasn’t satisfied. There was constantly this little voice inside me telling me something was missing.
Now looking back, I know that this little voice was from my “all-knowing” mind or wisdom which we are all born with. We are unable to tap into our wisdom most of the time is because our mind is constantly full of confusing and distracting thoughts, like an old radio with broken antenna unable to receive the station clearly, constantly filled with noise. I was determined to learn more about the human mind and behaviour drivers, so I took up counselling and psychology course a few years later, and read several books that helped me understand more about human motivation.
MOTIVATION IS LIKE TAKING DRUGS
Back in 2009 when I started my financial consultant business, I was struggling to break through year after year, and felt stuck in life. I started reading lots of self-help books, adopting mostly western school of thoughts as my life philosophy and success motivation. Frustratingly I discovered that my motivation did not last. Often, after finished a motivational book I became motivated for three months at most, then the fire in me gradually got extinguished. As time went by, I required more and more motivation to push myself. It was a tiring process, similar to craving for drugs, always requiring a higher dosage to satisfy my craving. I became increasingly aware of this endless loop, and decided to change course.
When I read biographies of successful people, I found that most successful people practised some form of meditation. I started seeking out books on meditation. When I tried to practice it, I did not understand it and wondered if I did it correctly, because every book teaches it differently. (continue next page)
MOTIVATION IS LIKE TAKING DRUGS
I got confused. I asked one of Grandmasters of meditation, to recommend me books on meditation. His reply was profound (I only understood it after years later): “Just read any book on meditation.”
“But how do I know if the book is suitable for me?” I asked curiously.
“Your mind will tell you,” replied Grandmaster casually.
I kept quiet as I did not know what to ask next. Thankfully, years later, I finally understood his meaning of “your mind will tell you.” He wanted me to tap on my “all knowing” mind (wisdom) to find the right material that suited myself, and my wisdom would tell me when I found it.
Chapter Four: (1/2)
MINDFULNESS AND ME
In 2012 I decided to join a 10 days silent meditation course alone and that changed everything for me.
During the course, I was not allowed to use my mobile phone, and naturally there was no talking, reading nor writing. Students were only able to talk to the teacher if we had questions.
Every day we woke up at 4am, washed up and began meditation at 430am. We meditated till 630am and breakfast would be served. After breakfast, meditation practice continued. At 1130am, brunch would be served (last meal of the day), followed again by meditation practise. We had our debrief at 7pm, and after that we would continue meditating until 9pm. By then I was extremely tired, and was glad to have lights out at 930pm. The whole routine repeats the next day, for the next 9 days.
On Day 6 something unforgettable happened. When I opened my eyes from my afternoon rest, my Brazilian course mate started talking to me. “I need to leave, I cannot stand it any longer!” I was dumbfounded. He was all packed and ready to go. I was not supposed to speak to him, so I couldn’t even say goodbye. (continue next page)
Chapter Four: (2/3)
MINDFULNESS AND ME
In the afternoon of day 9, we were finally allowed to talk! What a relief! How refreshing talking became! Everyone was smiling. Handshakes and hugs were exchanged. Nothing extraordinary happened, we just merely talked, but the moment was so special.
On the last day of the course, everyone helped to clean up the whole centre. It felt like graduation. I had a feeling of completion and accomplishment. I could feel the joy in everyone, especially my Brazilian friend – he was so glad that our teacher managed to convince him to stay, and complete the whole course! We were all proud of ourselves. And I am really proud to be part of this Vipassana meditation movement by Mr. S.N. Goenka.
Amazingly, the whole 10 days course was free, including lodging and food! (Donation is voluntary.) I am so impressed and moved by this movement. As long as you are willing to learn, they are willing to teach and give, without asking for anything back. All they want us to do is to continue our meditation practice, as we go on in our daily lives. (continue next page)
Chapter Four: (3/3)
MINDFULNESS AND ME
After I completed the course, I continued to practice my meditation daily, and witnessed the transformation of my business. I started achieving breakthrough year after year. I also became more energetic, that helped me in completing my many marathons and even ultra-marathons (101km twice) races.
Previously I only saw my business as an income source, but after practicing meditation, I start to see my financial consulting career as a channel for me to practice my loving kindness and compassion for all my clients and their family members.
If this story resonates with you, and you would also like to experience transformation in your finance and life, I would love to share my mindful success 3 part series with you.
- Walking Meditation
- Mindfulness Sharing
- M.E.N.G philosophy framework to help you achieve your true success.
Contact me at email@example.com now.
Why did I embark on mindfulness, what does mindfulness has to do with success? Connect with me through my story.
Join me on a Free walking meditation session every weekend, and refresh your mind, body and soul for a more successful life.
I will share with you the method, and we will practice together.
Have you meditated with your eyes open? You can do that with walking meditation.
During the walk, I will share with you my walking meditation method, and we will practise together. The total distance will be about 5 km, and the end point will be at the same location as the start point.
After the walk, we will have a debriefing session over tea or coffee, get to know one another better, and answer all your questions.
Optional: Apply sunscreen and bring sunglasses, a water bottle, and money if desired. So put on your comfortable shoes and join me.
Date: 7. 14. 21, 28 May 2023, Sunday
Time: 830am to 1030am
Venue: Marine Cove at East Coast Park
I got more than a meditation experience. Meng Chan is not only a good listener, he is able to empathize with me. With his knowledge and explanations, I now understand myself better. If you are going through a challenging time and you need some guidance or a listener, Meng Chan is the person to go to.
I did walking meditation with Meng and the walk is simple yet full of self discovery. The instructions he has given during the walk let me to be more ‘centered’ in terms of my thoughts. Also he has provided me with valuable insights on how to manage my self mastery.
Meng is knowledgeable in his mindfulness sharing. He is patient and, you can trust and learn from him. I will recommend his walking mediation to my friends, and I will join his walk again as I had learned a lot from him about meditation and awareness.
Thanks, Meng, for his selfless sharing of his mindful success. It is a door opener to help us define “success” from a different perspective. And his mindfulness & meditation practice sessions help us a lot in being aware of our thoughts and manage our emotions. It is so blessed to learn from him.
So glad to join Meng on his walking meditation, a very different approach to sitting meditation. Meng gave a detailed explanation before, during, and after the walk made learning easy to understand. I will ask my friends to join and benefit from these unique calming experiences.
Walking meditation with Meng taught me to calm my mind, and enjoy the "present" moment. Meng was really helpful and patient in leading us through the process. My thoughts are in harmony, and I feel so refreshed after the walk, very amazing experience!
Meng taught me my first walking meditation. So what did I get out of this walking meditation? Peacefulness, a relaxed mind. It is all about being present with myself, my thoughts, my breathing, and slowing down. Thank you, Meng!
I join the walking meditation conducted by Meng Chan. Thanks for bringing this new method to my life for my mindfulness practice. He is a patient guy who is willing to spend time listening, chatting, and sharing life stories. He wants to promote mindfulness and mental wellness to more people. Awesome!
It was an eye-opener. Meng taught me a lot about meditation and the meaning of life. I also got to talk about my problems, and he patiently listened and gave me honest, wise feedback. Anyone who has questions or problems about life or to know more about mindfulness can join Meng, and I assure you will not be disappointed.
Connect with me through this complimentary mindfulness sharing and meditation session on a self-exploration journey to obtain holistic success and peace in life. I will be sharing my M.E.N.G Philosophy framework.
Are you currently in search of success but end up feeling lost and uncertain about the future. Feeling stuck in life but yet had that strong urge to expand and grow. I can imagine your struggle, and as someone who had read many motivational and self-help books and only to find myself more demoralized and became addicted to motivational materials. I tried self-help affirmation and only to find the opposite polarity revealed itself after prolonged practice.
That was until I discovered mindfulness practice and attended a ten days silent meditation course. These practices provide me the space that helps me to distinguish between what is a psychological drama and what is existentially true. They also helped me better understand my thought process manage my feelings and emotions, find inner peace, improve on my focus, energy, and productivity.
Meet me on Zoom or in person, for a complimentary 60-minutes mindfulness conversation for those who want to focus on their personal growth and financial well-being in life.
For individuals or as a group who had attended my sharing session before, reach out to me and discuss how to apply my M.E.N.G Philosophy framework in your life and career to obtain holistic success in life.
We will be discussing the following; Mindfulness, Emptiness, Non-Attachment, Growth.
Do take note, this is not a motivation or positive thinking sharing, as they make the change from the outside-in. Mindfulness practice is making the change from the inside-out.
Meng makes his clients feel like family and he always does his utmost best to assist me whenever is needed. He is a person who is truly honest and sincere and hardworking. I trust him and you should too.
Thanks to Meng constant encouragement, I am much healthier and more energetic than before, as I have reached my ideal weight.
With Meng's recommendation, constant check-ups, and listening ear, my family and I are free from financial and emotional burdens.
Meng is by far one of the kindest, most caring, honestly-direct, and approachable individuals I know.
9 years of excellent, dependable and trustworthy service and a good friend.
Meng was recommended to me when I was looking for a trusted consultant. He gives the most honest and mindful advice regardless of work or personal. Meng is not the sweet talk type of consultant. He helps me to see my blind spot as a client and as a friend. And I trust him.
Are you sick of feeling stuck and not knowing why? Do you want to realize your maximum potential and fully comprehend your strengths and weaknesses?
Our Enneagram personality coaching will assist you in gaining a better understanding of yourself, your motivations, and how to leverage your natural tendencies to achieve your goals.
Consider the possibilities and amazing things you could achieve if you genuinely understood yourself. Don’t pass up this fantastic opportunity to develop, succeed, and realize your full potential.
Sign up for this complimentary Enneagram coaching session today and embark on a self-discovery journey. Begin unleashing the true self right now!
Enneagram personality coaching is the most recent addition to my Mindful Success movement, which aims to assist more individuals with their mental well-being so that they can achieve self-mastery sooner and live a more peaceful and joyful life.
The Enneagram is a personality typology system that describes nine distinct personality types (total 27 types including sub-types) and their relationships to one another. It is often used for self-discovery and personal development, as well as for understanding and relating to others.
Complete the contact me form, provide your contact details, and I will email you a link to access the 180 personality questions. That will accurately help you find out your personality type. Once I receive the report from the Enneagram Academy, I will reach out and arrange your coaching session.
Yes, all programs here are complementary, except for the Enneagram personality test report, which will be S$28, as the academy charges me for. You may just buy me tea whenever we meet for the coaching session. I am providing 5 free coaching sessions (worth S$125 per session)
Each coaching session will be approximately 3 hours per session, and take place at any café at East Coast Park or Parkway Parade. It is a one to one coaching session.
You do not have to prepare anything. You just need to be committed to attending all 5 coaching sessions with an open mind, and I will take care of the rest.
Yes, you may, as long as you are comfortable for that person to listen to your personal sharing of your life expriences, and you will not hold back during your sharing.
It will be my pleasure to invite you to join my Mindful Success Facebook group. 2020 was an unforgettable year due to global pandemic. Some had gained from it but many are affected by it, and felt stuck in life. This triggered me to start my #mindfulsuccess movement, as I too had felt stuck in life before, it was not a good experience. Thus, I am on a mission to share my passion in mindfulness and meditation practice of more than 10 years (since 2012), to help more people achieve true success in life.
Welcome you to my mindful success vault, which will eventually house over nine years of my mindfulness and meditation practice and research. I see the world in a different light now that I have discovered mindfulness, and it’s aided me in gaining my health and wealth on my path to success. Open the vault now and get to know about this ancient knowledge.
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