“We can’t buy happiness through money but happiness can be earned through doing good to other” almost we all heard this but we get this when we all lost our days and we are near to our death. you never realize the value of life unless you are on your deathbed.
Meet a millionaire cosmetic surgeon from Singapore, Dr. Richard Teo Keng Siang. He always spent a very extravagant and luxurious life. He was a sports car lover, and spend a lot of his weekends in the club and always lived his life at luxury. Being a millionaire, He launched with most of the celebrities. Including Miss Singapore Universe Rachel Kum and Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin.
As a car lover, he owned four sports cars, including a Honda S2000, Nissan GTR, Subaru WRX and Ferrari 430. But he was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer on March 11, 2011, and was given three to four months for living. He got into a serious depression and realized that in the race of making money, he never lived his life joyful. As the days passed by, he realized it was not his luxury that got him joy and peace. Cancer was eating him up day by day.
Before he left this world due to cancer, He said in a speech, “I’m a typical product of today’s society, From young, I’ve always been under the influence and impression that to be happy is to be successful. And to be successful is to be wealthy. So I led my life according to this motto. You know the irony is that people do not make heroes out of average GPs, family physicians. They make heroes out of people who are rich and famous,” he said in another speech.
“People who are not happy to pay 20 Singaporean dollars ($15) to see a GP, the same person will have no qualms paying 10,000 Singaporean dollars ($7,310) for liposuction, 15,000 Singaporean dollars ($10,970) for a breast augmentation.”
“I was at the pinnacle of my career. I thought I was having everything under control,” he recalled. He added “See the irony is that all these things that I have, the success, the trophies, my cars, my house and all. I thought that brought me happiness. But having all these thoughts of my possessions, they brought me no joy.”.
He revealed, “What really brought me joy in the last 10 months was interaction with people, my loved ones, friends, people who genuinely care about me, they laugh and cry with me, and they are able to identify the pain and suffering I was going through.”
“There is nothing wrong with being successful, with being rich or wealthy, absolutely nothing wrong. The only trouble is that a lot of us like myself couldn’t handle it.
“When I faced death, when I had to, I stripped myself of everything and I focused only on what is essential. The irony is that a lot of times, only when we learn how to die then we learn how to live.”
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