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    UNCOMMON MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

    UNCOMMON MENTORSHIP program http://razorsharpenyourtool.com/the-coach/nggallery/page/2 DO YOU KNOW THAT… A mentoring relationship is a symbiotic win-win-win for three parties: the employee who seeks a mentor, the mentor and the organization employing the mentoring pair. If you are an employee and want a great mentor show you the way, be passionate about life and excel first in your work. Mentors will come looking for you. And, if you own a business, institutionalise mentorship programs and watch your business grow. Mentors help articulate your goals and journey with you to reach them, surpassing new heights every now and then. Today, not having mentors is like living in the stone-age, with a chisel and hammer; re-inventing the wheel out of stone. But, before you choose a mentor, look at the mentors who are mentoring them. Apples do not fall far from the tree. “Mentorship must lead to a desired outcome; without which it is useless chatter”- Andrew James Ong ASK YOUSELF… If you have a mentor, are you better off today than when you first submitted to mentorship? How do you know the mentors are right for you? Do you have different mentors for different aspects of your life goals? Do you surround yourself with “yes-men” or with “men-tors”? These and many other issues about “mentorship” are de-mystified and simplified in “Uncommon Mentorship”. “If you can't explain it to a six year old, you don't understand it yourself.”- ALBERT EINSTEIN. (foto Einstein) ENROLL IN THE UNCOMMON MENTORESHIP PROGRAM, NOW! Background of The Coach: For more than 30 years, from the dirt trenches of the Battalion Headquarters and bashing through thick tropical rain forests during his army days with the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) to leading teams of business leaders from more than 35 countries, the desire and purpose had always been the same-to raise the level of the individual’s performance, to be the best that one can be, maximizing potential. What began as a young man’s desire to empower colleagues and friends raise the quality of their lives has grown into a lifelong crusade as he is aggressively and relentlessly sought out by industry leaders desirous to form partnerships. From the numerous partnerships with corporations and leaders from all walks of life, Andrew, the professional motivation and inspirational speaker forged and formulated a unique training system so versatile it can be specifically tailor-designed for all fields of individual as well as collective human endeavour. From the athlete who wants to run faster and jump higher to the politician seeking re-election, from the mountaineer dreaming of higher conquest of new peaks to the drug addict contemplating kicking the drug habit after countless failed attempts, the Mentorship Program has it all. So inspirational is he that in just 20 minutes, he once inspired a champion dragon boat rowing team to break their course record during a Dragon Boat rowing competition. A struggling land-banking sales consultant with zero sales came to him for help and after 2 one-hour mentoring sessions, closed his first deal having spent the first 5 months as a rookie selling nothing. Likewise, insurance agents and financial planners too who sold nothing for many months, suddenly found the passion and desire and re-commenced doing justice to the industry. Adults and the elderly who never successfully learnt swimming in entire lifetimes, mustered enough courage and in 20 minutes learnt to swim with confidence. This is the value of what Andrew James Ong brings to the table. Mentees and delegates of his seminars and coaching sessions come from backgrounds are as diverse as accountancy and the arts. They also include barristers and bus drivers, professors and physicians, retirees and real estate agents, students and senators, policemen and prisoners, fishermen and financial planners, ex-drug addicts and ex-drug traffickers, mayors, masons and managers, business owners and employees, leaders and followers, the list goes on and on. After a 21-year illustrious stint with the Singapore Armed Forces, he went on from splendor to splendor. And all these were possible because he re-claimed mastery over his destiny. He survived four near death traumatic events and never once gave in or gave up. Where ordinary mortals would have caved in, he got a good hold of his life and re-charted new directions and set sail yet again, never looking back but always looking forward to reach his goals. And he discovered that when one wants something badly enough and is prepared to razor sharpen and hone one’s skills, the universe conspires and eventually bends itself and gives one whatever one desires. Collating and dissecting the life-long experiences and real-life examples gleaned from his many seminars and workshops, he wrote “Common To unCommon” to re-launch his speaking and coaching expedition. He lives the adage, “It does not matter how you run the race. All that matters is how you end the race”. Finn, Lasse Viren, the overwhelming favorite to win the 10,000 meters at the 1972 Munich Olympics, tripped and fell shortly after the start of the race, leaving him trailing more than 30 meters behind. Against all odds, he discovered new thresholds he never knew he had and went on to win the gold medal in world-record time. What about you? Do you want to finish every race with the best possible score? One of his favorite adages is: “If it is going to be, it is up to me” He made a choice and he adapted this mantra titled, “UnCOMMON” and it goes like this: “I choose not to be a common man. It is my right to be uncommon if I can. And if I cannot, then I must. Becoz when I know I must, I surely can. I seek opportunity, not security. I do not wish to be a kept citizen, dulled and humbled by having the state look after me. I want to take the calculated risk; to dream and to build, to fail and to succeed. I will not take shelter in the guaranteed existence of my comfort zone. Instead I will take on the challenges of life. And if the challenges of life come charging at me with the ferocity of a raging bull, I will take the bull head on. And if ever the need arises, I will, with the tenacity of the finest matador, take the bull by its horns. Throughout this journey, I will never cower before any master nor bend to any threat for I consider it my ultimate right to stand erect, upright, proud and unafraid and say boldly to the world: “This I have done!” MILESTONES Andrew James Ong - Mentored business leaders in more than 35 countries - Survived four near-death traumas, including three heart attacks and live to tell those experiences - Survived abject harsh poverty in early childhood and is today, financially independent - Survived and overcome numerous setbacks during his illustrious 21-year military career, including forgiving the perpetrators who tried to kill him in a grenade attack. He speaks passionately about “forgiveness” - Achieved the MDRT in less than two months, an exceptional feat in the insurance industry - Nominated Singapore Insurance Practitioner of the Year 2001. - Authored “Common To Uncommon”, a book about razor-sharpening life skills and attitudes for empowerment and purposeful living- July 2014 - Authored “An Uncommon Nation”, celebrating 50 of the finest of Singapore’s distinct triumphs through the trials and tribulations of her first 50 years of independence- Feb 2015 - Authored “Uncommon Mentorship” capturing his deep and profound insights during a life-long crusade empowering colleagues, friends and delegates alike- July2015 - Leading efforts to help the diabetics in Asia, Europe and beyond regain their health. - Empowering individuals, audiences and organisations (One-to-One; One-To-A-Few and One-To-Many), to maximise potential in the region; in person, in print, on radio and television and through social media. RATES FOR BUSINESS MENTORING/COACHING BY ANDREW JAMES ONG USUAL PRICE: S$200-an hour per Sesssion SESSIONS USUAL PRICE DISCOUNTED PRICE SAVINGS 3 600 480 120 6 1200 960 240 9 1800 1440 360 12 2400 1920 480 NOTES TO MENTEE 1. Payment of 50% mentorship fees shall be made upon confirmation. 2. The remainder 50% shall be made at the half-way mark of the mentorship program. (Eg for 12-session programs, fees for 6 sessions will be paid upon confirmation. At end of 6th session, the remainder 50% will be paid) 3. Fees paid are not-refundable

    COMMON TO UNCOMMON

    ”COMMON TO UNCOMMON” What would you do if you are a 45-year old father and your 13-year old son hurled a brick at you during one family dinner? And he hurled the brick in front of your wife and all your other children? Can you live with the humiliation and the immense pain that eat into you every day? How do you deal with such an absurd and nonsensical outburst? How do you forgive your son? If you are the son, how do you go on living? How do you live with the folly of dishonoring your father? What would you do if you are a young and pretty undergraduate with a bright future when suddenly a spurned suitor splash acid on your face which despite numerous surgeries, left you completely blind? What would you do if the law of the land allows you to similarly blind your perpetrator? Would you exercise that right? What would you do if at the peak of your career, someone tries to assassinate you, booby-trapping your barrack room door with a hand grenade-and the grenade did go off, ripping off the real estate of the immediate surrounding and sending you to hospital where you languished in excruciating pain almost a month and emerged scarred, physically, mentally and emotionally? Read about the incredible journeys each of these victims travelled that led to their eventual reconciliation with the perpetrators and so rise from ”COMMON TO UNCOMMON” About the Author: From bashing through thick tropical rainforests during his army days to leading teams of business leaders in more than 35 countries, Andrew’s burning desire has always been to uncover the raison d’être in individuals. With true grit honed in his early childhood, Andrew overcame numerous setbacks during his illustrious 21-year military career, including forgiving the perpetrators who tried to kill him in a grenade attack. Beyond the military, Andrew achieved the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) in less than two months, an exceptional feat in the insurance industry. He also led efforts to help tens of thousands of diabetics in the region to regain their health. Today, as a motivational speaker, life and executive coach, he empowers individuals and audiences in the region. Andrew lives in Singapore with his wife and three grownup children. PRAISES FOR ”COMMON TO UNCOMMON” Andrew Goh PhD Editor of Impact Magazine, Platform Speaker and Motivational Specialist, Singapore “…challenges readers to face up to what could be their best and not compromise for the comfortable and convenient”. Ricky and Cristina Macabunga, Business Owners, Quezon City, Luzon, Philippines “…regardless of your age, educational background or profession, you will find this book a refreshing compilation of a life’s work on the art and craft of living well and successfully“. Steven Chiew Founder, GoldLion Business School, Co-Founder, Donut Empire, International Holding, Singapore “….first time I read of a 19-year old gentleman who knows exactly what he wants, including the criteria and requirements for his wife to be.” “How far you go, depends on who your Peers are. How good you are, depends on who your Mentors are. How successful you are, depends on who your partners are.” Michael Leong, Lecturer and Financial Consultant, Singapore “….a living journal of one who has endured so much…. a declaration of faith, of hope, of love, of endless possibilities and the triumph of the human spirit.” Colin Kwok, Private Investor, Perth, Australia “Some passages will make you turn off the TV set.” Mildred Millie de Vera, Editor-in-Chief, Trinitas Publishing, Inc. Columnist, Vanity Magazine, Manila, Philippines “I cried when I first heard Andrew’s journey of reconciliation with his father.” Edwin Guibao, Manager, Alrajhi Group of Companies, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia “Andrew speaks directly to your heart.” Ms Ailene Lee, Working mother, Singapore “Never wait for things to happen. Holding our destiny in our hands and making things happen is what life is all about” Ismail A Rahman, Managing Director, Stallion Security, Singapore “If you have the desire and passion to maximise your potential, this book is for you.” Christine Roque, Businesswoman, Santa Maria, Bulacan, Philippines “Whether at 75, 55 or even 25, when you stop questioning, you cut short your explorations and end up with permanently, unfinished lives.” Ms Gan Lay Ting, Founder, MG Team, Entrepreneur, Ecosway, Cosway (M) Sdn. Bhd, Singapore “If only we know what we want, we can have anything we want.” Ricky Caragay, Businessman Abucay, Bataan, Philippines “The teachings transcend age, race, religion, language, cultures and endure the test of time” May and Mel Teo. Professionals and Entrepreneurs, Singapore “….journey to experience the incredible and blessed closure with someone who blew him up with a hand grenade and his reconciliation with his father are wonderful examples for us all to live …” Garrett and Kate Hong, Parents to three young children, Singapore “….the concepts are applicable even for our young children.” Nataly Hong, 11-year old student, Singapore “…teaches us the simple principles of life as they inspire “common” people like us to live our lives to the fullest ” With my publisher, CK Tan of Write Editions, who made it all possible. Visit: www.razorsharpenyourtool.com

    UNCOMMON MENTORSHIP

    FOREWORD: “….Andrew leaves his indelible mark, by taking the reader from a level of ignorance to that of reasonable competency, to understand what Mentorship is about, regardless of the reader’s experience. It covers areas of measurability infused with know-how. “Uncommon Mentorship” will rattle a few cages, and rightfully so, I must add”- Dr AR Ramesh Nambiar, Developer & Mentor to Conscious Entrepreneurial Leaders, International Professional Speakers & Trainers UNCOMMON MENTORSHIP DO YOU KNOW THAT… A mentoring relationship is a symbiotic win-win-win for three parties: the employee who seeks a mentor, the mentor and the organization employing the mentoring pair. If you are an employee and want a great mentor show you the way, be passionate about life and excel first in your work. Mentors will come looking for you. And, if you own a business, institutionalise mentorship programs and watch your business grow. Mentors help articulate your goals and journey with you to reach them, surpassing new heights every now and then. Today, not having mentors is like living in the stone-age, with a chisel and hammer; re-inventing the wheel out of stone. But, before you choose a mentor, look at the mentors who are mentoring them. Apples do not fall far from the tree. “Mentorship must lead to a desired outcome; without which it is useless chatter”- Andrew James Ong ASK YOURSELF… If you have a mentor, are you better off today than when you first submitted to mentorship? How do you know the mentors are right for you? Do you have different mentors for different aspects of your life goals? Do you surround yourself with “yes-men” or with “men-tors”? These and many other issues about “mentorship” are de-mystified and simplified in “Uncommon Mentorship”. “If you can't explain it to a six year old, you don't understand it yourself.”- ALBERT EINSTEIN. (foto Einstein) A direct, simple, straightforward, ground-breaking new approach, this book challenges existing understanding about “mentorship”. After the first chapter, you will be illuminated and challenged to surround yourself with real mentors. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Andrew James Ong - Mentored business leaders in more than 35 countries - Survived four near-death traumas, including two heart attacks - Survived harsh poverty in early childhood and is today, financially independent - Survived numerous setbacks during his illustrious 21-year military career, including forgiving the perpetrators who tried to kill him in a grenade attack. He speaks passionately about “forgiveness” - Achieved the MDRT in less than two months, an exceptional feat in the insurance industry - Nominated Singapore Insurance Practitioner of the Year 2001. - Authored “Common To Uncommon”, a book about razor-sharpening life skills and attitudes for empowerment and purposeful living.. - Authored “An Uncommon Nation”, celebrating 50 of the finest of Singapore’s distinct triumphs through the trials and tribulations of her first 50 years of independence - Leading efforts to help the diabetics in Asia, Europe and beyond regain their health. - Empowering individuals, audiences and organisations to maximise potential in the region; in person, in print, on radio and television and through social media. REVIEWS AND PRAISES FOR “UNCOMMON MENTORSHIP” 1. “An amazing step-by-step guide to mentorship-brilliant”- Edwin Guibao, Quality Assurance Manager of Afnan Water Factory Co. Ltd. Alrajhi group of Companies, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 2. “Andrew dares to challenge contemporary myths about mentorship and lays straight what mentorship is and is not.”- Albert Wong, OC, Security Consultant, Ex-SAF Officer, Bible Teacher & Counsellor, Singapore 3. “Another masterpiece”- Johnny Sy, Entrepreneur-Inventor, Baguio, Philippines 4. “The desired outcome following mentorship must be SMART-aligned! Brilliant!”- Leila Ayo, Businesswomen, Entrepreneur, Philippines 5. “Andrew clarifies and simplifies mentorship for the lay person… It can’t be rendered any simpler”- Eugene Chia, Entrepreneur, Singapore 6. “Every household must own a copy; every human being must own a copy”- Veronica Paran Dawayen, Entrepreneur, Health and Wellness Advocate, La Trinidad, Benguet. Philippines 7. “Nobody likes to be told of their blind spots.. it can be humbling”- Joshua Lim, Professional Medical Rep, Singapore 8. “Clear and simple. Brilliant insights”- Cora Dado Elizaga, (The Tarpaulin Girl), Owner, CDE Advertising, Marikina, Philippines 9. “The secrets to mentorship are now revealed”- Vincent Soo, Psychology Coach, Singapore 10. “Andrew has put his talent to good use- a supreme contribution to the mentorship community”- Alaine Fajardo, Businesswoman, Entrepreneur, Philippines 11. “Mentorship benefits the mentee, the mentor and the organisation who employs the mentoring pair”- Sharon Fernandez, Associate Financial Consultant, Singapore 12. "Struggle no more. Help is available. Find mentors to journey with you."- Brother James Dante, "THE HEART OF JESUS ,Baguio City – Philippines 13. “Mentorship extraordinarily explained; simple, direct and clear”- Pastor Ferdinand M. De Leon, Senior Pastor of Global Harvesters Full Gospel Church, Jalan Pemimpin, Singapore 14. “Mentorship can extend to cover every human endeavour, including in government, political, religious and spiritual organisations”- Jingle Corral Gallardo, Entrepreneur, Businesswoman, Senior Beauty Consultant, Philippines 15. “Now, I can embark my mentorship journey, fearlessly and with wisdom” - Michael Leong, Business Lecturer, Singapore 16. “Just like the earlier “Uncommon” titles, “Uncommon Mentorship” is a handbook for life and living.”- Ptr.Benjie M. Calamiong, Senior Pastor, Multinational Faith Bible Chapel Ministries, Baguio City, Philippines 17. “Andrew dispels the myths surrounding mentorship”- Andrew Chia, International Best-Selling Author 18. “Poignant and direct, it pierces deep and let you do some real thinking” Madonna Tolentino Norcio, Senior Sales Director, Mary Kay Philippines Inc 19. “Andrew weaves through the vicissitudes of politics and public opinion with regard to mentorship; what it is and is not.” Richard Ng, Entrepreneur, Singapore 20. "Irrespective of our circumstances, how well we live our lives, depend on how well we understand how lives can best be lived." Rev. Rodel N. Fortes, License Minister of the Gospel. Connie B. Fortes, National Directorial Staff/ National Coordinator Values Formation and Spiritual Transformation Council Phil., Int'l. Inc. Camp Crame, Quezon City, Philippines 21. “The “GRASSHOPPUR” rules of engagement is creative and all-encompassing. I am amazed beyond words”. Stephanie Chanel Ng, Entrepreneur, Singapore 22. “Nobody likes to submit to mentorship. It can be an exercise of great humility.”- Mr. Policarpio Gutierrez and Mrs. Rose Gutierrez, Real Estate Brokers, Philippines 23. “A mentor who is a critical ally can help you see your blind spots. This is the mentorship manual for all life’s situations for the 21st century”- Jeremiah Chin, LifeMentorCOACHtrainer, Singapore 24. “Andrew is uniquely clear and he makes simple and practical how to tackle mentorship”-Christine Roque, Businesswomen, Entrepreneur, Philippines 25. “Direct, systematic and organised…… and to the point.”- Janet Wong, Entrepreneur, Singapore 26. “Studies continue to confirm that those who have mentors consistently do exponentially better than those who have not”- Ferdinand Bravo, Engineer and former editor of Focal Magazine in Israel, Business Owner. Baguio, Philippines 27. “Andrew at his best; clear, direct, truthful- a gift to the coaching and mentoring community”-Jessica Reyes-Ting, Industrial Engineer, Organization Development Consultant-Manila Bulletin Publishing, Philippines

    AN UNCOMMON NATION

    FOREWORD OF “AN UNCOMMON NATION” "An Uncommon Nation" is written by a good friend of more than 40 years. Candid in his opinions, Andrew James Ong is at the same time objective in his analyses and assessments. Following “Common To Uncommon”, this sequel is another masterpiece. “An Uncommon Nation” is a collection of the trials, tribulations and triumphs of tiny Singapore in her first 50 years of independence. I remember 1965 vividly. Staring at a black and white television, my family and I were awe-struck when our then Prime Minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew announced, with tears in his eyes, Singapore’s separation from Malaysia. I was a teenager; 13 years old. The future looked bleak and uncertain. Fifty years on, “An Uncommon Nation” is a walk down memory lane. As a baby boomer, how can we forget the challenging days? From the "night soil carrier" in the bucket toilet system to carrying buckets of water from nearby wells, life was a lot tougher. And from the thunderous "Kallang Roar" that shook National Stadium to the US uproar when Michael Fay was caned, this read will jolt you. Singapore has come a long way from those early troubling times. Without giving much away, I know you will sit up, reflect and appreciate the monumental task of nation-building. When we know deeper how we got here, we can prepare better for the future. Happy 50th Birthday, Singapore! Jeremiah Chin, proud to be Singaporean. LifeMentorCOACHtrainer Do you know that in 1947, the British Housing Committee Report noted Singapore had “one of the world's worst slums … a disgrace to a civilised community”? It was a wake-up call. Sixty-five years on, in 2012, Singapore was placed 1st in the world; Frankfurt and Munich- jointly in 2nd place. Copenhagen (4) and Dusseldorf (5) filled the next two slots, while Hong Kong and London shared 6th place. Port-au-Prince (221) ranked at the bottom of the list. The highest-ranking US cities were Atlanta (13) and Dallas (15). What a transformation! How is this possible? New challenges have now emerged; rising cost of living, ageing population, global competitiveness, clamour for more political space and rising expectations of a younger population who is accustomed to expect nothing but the best. To win the hearts of Singaporeans, the nation needs a response that unifies the myriad issues, offering clarity of purpose and long-term vision. And more importantly afterwards, communicate that purpose, vision and action plan simply and clearly. Whether for the ruling party or the opposing parties contesting for the right to rule, the same yardstick applies. “An Uncommon Nation” attempts to provide answers on the basics of nation-building and help uncover the secrets for Singapore’s transformation, highlighting along the way, some pressing issues and challenges confronting the nation and the unconventional approaches to solving them. “No problem can be solved at the same level of consciousness that created it” Albert Einstein PRAISES FOR "AN UNCOMMON NATION" “The success of public housing can be exported to the world”- Pamela PS Lim, Marketing Specialist “Singapore, a nation to be admired; the envy of many”- Veronica Paran, Entrepreneur “Singapore is the pride of Asia and the world of what is possible” Eugene Chia, Entrepreneur “Your country’s leaders had vision and the resolve to see through that vision and bring about a dream.”- Pastor Ferdinand M. De Leon, Senior Pastor “A poignant account of a nation’s trials, tribulations and triumphs.”- John AT Chong, Retired Army Officer “Brilliant anecdotes of a success story of an outstanding nation”- Leila Ayo, Businesswoman Entrepreneur, Philippines “This book captures the pride of a nation”- Sharon Tan Thilagarani, Financial Consultant “Affordable healthcare, transportation, housing are real costs of living issues affecting all countries. The government that can appease most will earn the right to govern”- Johnny Sy, Entrepreneur, Inventor “Your ban on chewing gum is remarkable; even Wrigley could not have their way, all the way”- Christine Roque, Businesswoman “A handbook on nation-building, a must-read for all aspiring nation-builders”- Vincent Soo, Positive Psychology Coach “Singapore- a nation who faces problems bravely and squarely and created her own solutions”- MADAM MARIDES FERNANDO Former Mayor, Marikina City. Philippines About the Author: From his early Army days bashing through tropical rainforests to leading business leaders in more than 35 countries, Andrew James Ong always desires the best for himself, friends and colleagues. Naturally, this desire extends to Singapore- the country he was born and raised. Just as Singapore survived her early tumultuous years to become a model country, Andrew too, survived harsh poverty in early childhood and with true grit honed, overcame numerous setbacks during his illustrious 21-year military career. Beyond the military, he achieved the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) in less than two months, an exceptional feat in the insurance industry and he was nominated Singapore Insurance Practitioner of the Year 2001. He also led efforts to help the diabetics in the region regain their health. In 2014, he authored “Common To Uncommon”, a book about razor-sharpening life skills and attitudes for empowerment and purposeful living. Exemplifying his life, he speaks passionately about “forgiveness” and as a motivational guru, mentor, life and executive coach, Andrew empowers individuals and audiences in the region. He lives in Singapore with his wife and three grown-up children. In mid-2015, he authored “Uncommon Mentorship”, capturing his mentorship journeys and experiences both as a mentor and mentee. And a year later, in mid-2016, he authored “Uncommon Clarity”. Visit www.razorsharpenyourtool.com

    COMMON TOUNCOMMON

    ”COMMON TO UNCOMMON” What would you do if you are a 45-year old father and your 13-year old son hurled a brick at you during one family dinner? And he hurled the brick in front of your wife and all your other children? Can you live with the humiliation and the immense pain that eat into you every day? How do you deal with such an absurd and nonsensical outburst? How do you forgive your son? If you are the son, how do you go on living? How do you live with the folly of dishonoring your father? What would you do if you are a young and pretty undergraduate with a bright future when suddenly a spurned suitor splash acid on your face which despite numerous surgeries, left you completely blind? What would you do if the law of the land allows you to similarly blind your perpetrator? Would you exercise that right? What would you do if at the peak of your career, someone tries to assassinate you, booby-trapping your barrack room door with a hand grenade-and the grenade did go off, ripping off the real estate of the immediate surrounding and sending you to hospital where you languished in excruciating pain almost a month and emerged scarred, physically, mentally and emotionally? Read about the incredible journeys each of these victims travelled that led to their eventual reconciliation with the perpetrators and so rise from ”COMMON TO UNCOMMON” About the Author: From bashing through thick tropical rainforests during his army days to leading teams of business leaders in more than 35 countries, Andrew’s burning desire has always been to uncover the raison d’être in individuals. With true grit honed in his early childhood, Andrew overcame numerous setbacks during his illustrious 21-year military career, including forgiving the perpetrators who tried to kill him in a grenade attack. Beyond the military, Andrew achieved the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) in less than two months, an exceptional feat in the insurance industry. He also led efforts to help tens of thousands of diabetics in the region to regain their health. Today, as a motivational speaker, life and executive coach, he empowers individuals and audiences in the region. Andrew lives in Singapore with his wife and three grownup children. PRAISES FOR ”COMMON TO UNCOMMON” Andrew Goh PhD Editor of Impact Magazine, Platform Speaker and Motivational Specialist, Singapore “…challenges readers to face up to what could be their best and not compromise for the comfortable and convenient”. Ricky and Cristina Macabunga, Business Owners, Quezon City, Luzon, Philippines “…regardless of your age, educational background or profession, you will find this book a refreshing compilation of a life’s work on the art and craft of living well and successfully“. Steven Chiew Founder, GoldLion Business School, Co-Founder, Donut Empire, International Holding, Singapore “….first time I read of a 19-year old gentleman who knows exactly what he wants, including the criteria and requirements for his wife to be.” “How far you go, depends on who your Peers are. How good you are, depends on who your Mentors are. How successful you are, depends on who your partners are.” Michael Leong, Lecturer and Financial Consultant, Singapore “….a living journal of one who has endured so much…. a declaration of faith, of hope, of love, of endless possibilities and the triumph of the human spirit.” Colin Kwok, Private Investor, Perth, Australia “Some passages will make you turn off the TV set.” Mildred Millie de Vera, Editor-in-Chief, Trinitas Publishing, Inc. Columnist, Vanity Magazine, Manila, Philippines “I cried when I first heard Andrew’s journey of reconciliation with his father.” Edwin Guibao, Manager, Alrajhi Group of Companies, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia “Andrew speaks directly to your heart.” Ms Ailene Lee, Working mother, Singapore “Never wait for things to happen. Holding our destiny in our hands and making things happen is what life is all about” Ismail A Rahman, Managing Director, Stallion Security, Singapore “If you have the desire and passion to maximise your potential, this book is for you.” Christine Roque, Businesswoman, Santa Maria, Bulacan, Philippines “Whether at 75, 55 or even 25, when you stop questioning, you cut short your explorations and end up with permanently, unfinished lives.” Ms Gan Lay Ting, Founder, MG Team, Entrepreneur, Ecosway, Cosway (M) Sdn. Bhd, Singapore “If only we know what we want, we can have anything we want.” Ricky Caragay, Businessman Abucay, Bataan, Philippines “The teachings transcend age, race, religion, language, cultures and endure the test of time” May and Mel Teo. Professionals and Entrepreneurs, Singapore “….journey to experience the incredible and blessed closure with someone who blew him up with a hand grenade and his reconciliation with his father are wonderful examples for us all to live …” Garrett and Kate Hong, Parents to three young children, Singapore “….the concepts are applicable even for our young children.” Nataly Hong, 11-year old student, Singapore “…teaches us the simple principles of life as they inspire “common” people like us to live our lives to the fullest ” With my publisher, CK Tan of Write Editions, who made it all possible. Visit: www.razorsharpenyourtool.com

    DO YOU REMEMBER MY NAME?

    YOU REMEMBER MY NAME? How many times have we been introduced to a new acquaintance, a colleague, a worker and we immediately forget their names? Embarrassing, isn't it? On the other hand, how many times have we felt good when someone remembers our name? Of course! The art of remembering names is a finite science and like all finite sciences, it can be taught and with practice, mastered. Yes, it is possible to have full mastery on the art and science of remembering names. Fear no more. Come and attend a fun-filled two-hour theory and practical workshop and be amazed how Andrew James Ong helps you tap into the hidden potential of your mind. You can if you think you can! Register now and enjoy special savings on SPECIAL package currently ON PROMOTION! REVIEWS FROM WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS on 19th Feb 2018 at INTERNATIONAL PLAZA 1. “,,,, very clear instructions and fully engaging from beginning to end,,, Thank you, Andrew” - Kalai 2. “….. good teaching methods,,, so much practice. Appreciated. Thanks” - Tan Choon Peng 3. “… a good reminder on importance of remembering names” - Irene Chen 4. “Interesting and lots of practical” - Charlie Lim 5. “Absolutely beneficial!” - Alvin Sng 6. “Good practical tips on remembering names” – Lilian Ng 7. “I like the practice part,,,,” - Remus Ng 8. “Great lesson on the art and science of remembering names” Jeffrey Goh 9. “Excellent” - Yong Chee Keong 10. “Awesome!” – Richard Kwok 11. “New skills to learn and adopt in remembering names” – Alice Lim 12. “Really appreciate the course. Learnt so much new insights and practical tips on remembering names. Thanks, Andrew” - Aldrik Hoe 13. “Keep it up, Andrew” Jacelyn 14. “Great insights …. Open minds to new perspectives in remembering names” Delphina Teo 15. “Great!” Lucas (Less the Chinese New Year Promotion on 19th Feb 2018) SPECIAL ENROLLMENT & CLASS CONDITIONS 1. Minimum ten students; maximum twenty (20) per session 2. If registrant enrolls ten students in single registration, the tenth students get to attend for FREE; ie fees are charged for nine students only 3. One Special Classes arranged on Monday, 19th Feb 2018 where Promo in S/N 2 above does not apply 4. Location: 40 Floor, unit 40-12 International PLaza Singapore ABOUT ANDREW JAMES ONG Background of The Coach: For more than 30 years, from the dirt trenches of the Battalion Headquarters and bashing through thick tropical rain forests during his army days with the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) to leading teams of business leaders from more than 35 countries, the desire and purpose had always been the same-to raise the level of the individual’s performance, to be the best that one can be, maximizing potential. What began as a young man’s desire to empower colleagues and friends raise the quality of their lives has grown into a lifelong crusade as he is aggressively and relentlessly sought out by industry leaders desirous to form partnerships. From the numerous partnerships with corporations and leaders from all walks of life, Andrew, the professional motivation and inspirational speaker forged and formulated a unique training system so versatile it can be specifically tailor-designed for all fields of individual as well as collective human endeavour. From the athlete who wants to run faster and jump higher to the politician seeking re-election, from the mountaineer dreaming of higher conquest of new peaks to the drug addict contemplating kicking the drug habit after countless failed attempts, the Mentorship Program has it all. So inspirational is he that in just 20 minutes, he once inspired a champion dragon boat rowing team to break their course record during a Dragon Boat rowing competition. A struggling land-banking sales consultant with zero sales came to him for help and after 2 one-hour mentoring sessions, closed his first deal having spent the first 5 months as a rookie selling nothing. Likewise, insurance agents and financial planners too who sold nothing for many months, suddenly found the passion and desire and re-commenced doing justice to the industry. Adults and the elderly who never successfully learnt swimming in entire lifetimes, mustered enough courage and in 20 minutes learnt to swim with confidence. This is the value of what Andrew James Ong brings to the table. Mentees and delegates of his seminars and coaching sessions come from backgrounds are as diverse as accountancy and the arts. They also include barristers and bus drivers, professors and physicians, retirees and real estate agents, students and senators, policemen and prisoners, fishermen and financial planners, ex-drug addicts and ex-drug traffickers, mayors, masons and managers, business owners and employees, leaders and followers, the list goes on and on. After a 21-year illustrious stint with the Singapore Armed Forces, he went on from splendor to splendor. And all these were possible because he re-claimed mastery over his destiny. He survived four near death traumatic events and never once gave in or gave up. Where ordinary mortals would have caved in, he got a good hold of his life and re-charted new directions and set sail yet again, never looking back but always looking forward to reach his goals. And he discovered that when one wants something badly enough and is prepared to razor sharpen and hone one’s skills, the universe conspires and eventually bends itself and gives one whatever one desires. Collating and dissecting the life-long experiences and real-life examples gleaned from his many seminars and workshops, he wrote “Common To unCommon” to re-launch his speaking and coaching expedition. He lives the adage, “It does not matter how you run the race. All that matters is how you end the race”. Finn, Lasse Viren, the overwhelming favorite to win the 10,000 meters at the 1972 Munich Olympics, tripped and fell shortly after the start of the race, leaving him trailing more than 30 meters behind. Against all odds, he discovered new thresholds he never knew he had and went on to win the gold medal in world-record time. What about you? Do you want to finish every race with the best possible score? One of his favorite adages is: “If it is going to be, it is up to me” He made a choice and he adapted this mantra titled, “UnCOMMON” and it goes like this: “I choose not to be a common man. It is my right to be uncommon if I can. And if I cannot, then I must. Becoz when I know I must, I surely can. I seek opportunity, not security. I do not wish to be a kept citizen, dulled and humbled by having the state look after me. I want to take the calculated risk; to dream and to build, to fail and to succeed. I will not take shelter in the guaranteed existence of my comfort zone. Instead I will take on the challenges of life. And if the challenges of life come charging at me with the ferocity of a raging bull, I will take the bull head on. And if ever the need arises, I will, with the tenacity of the finest matador, take the bull by its horns. Throughout this journey, I will never cower before any master nor bend to any threat for I consider it my ultimate right to stand erect, upright, proud and unafraid and say boldly to the world: “This I have done!” MILESTONES Andrew James Ong - Mentored business leaders in more than 35 countries - Survived four near-death traumas, including three heart attacks and live to tell those experiences - Survived abject harsh poverty in early childhood and is today, financially independent - Survived and overcome numerous setbacks during his illustrious 21-year military career, including forgiving the perpetrators who tried to kill him in a grenade attack. He speaks passionately about “forgiveness” - Achieved the MDRT in less than two months, an exceptional feat in the insurance industry - Nominated Singapore Insurance Practitioner of the Year 2001. - Authored “Common To Uncommon”, a book about razor-sharpening life skills and attitudes for empowerment and purposeful living- July 2014 - Authored “An Uncommon Nation”, celebrating 50 of the finest of Singapore’s distinct triumphs through the trials and tribulations of her first 50 years of independence- Feb 2015 - Authored “Uncommon Mentorship” capturing his deep and profound insights during a life-long crusade empowering colleagues, friends and delegates alike- July2015 - Leading efforts to help the diabetics in Asia, Europe and beyond regain their health. - Empowering individuals, audiences and organisations (One-to-One; One-To-A-Few and One-To-Many), to maximise potential in the region; in person, in print, on radio and television and through social media.