October 1, 2018


This past month has been extremely challenging for me personally due to the following factors that were both planned and unexpected. 

  1. My daily workout sessions in the gym everyday. And yes I do not miss them at all. 
  2. My regular daily & weekly meetings with both ATCEN & PORTMAN EDUCATION GROUPS. 
  3. My semester classes with assignments and college activities to advice and guide. 
  4. My additional meetings, dinners & attending events for new business growth with various parties from politicians to business associates. 
  5. Baby G falling sick with asthma in his old age with additional attention needed with numerous visits to the vet not forgetting my daily contribution to my household chores. 
  6. My Dad having to amputate his toe and my daily visits 2 times a day to the hospital to care for him. He is still in the hospital in Ipoh now with a 2nd surgery happening soon. 
  7. The continuous development of MINES 2 building to ensure that its ready for the official launch and to help get it ready for the development of the ecosystem. 
  8. 2 HUGE events in a single day organised by our team – Entrepreneur Convention 2018 & PORTMAN Mid Autumn Festival 2018.  Not forgetting Awesome Leadership Camp 2018 the week before.
  9. Monthly HUGE events every month for the next 6 months to ensure we are ready for a very critical period of marketing for our group of companies growth for 2019. 
  10. Old staff leaving and New staff joining for things to be handed over and properly trained.   

The above made it extremely tough and challenging physically, mentally and emotionally for me. But I always believe in the following and that is what keeps me going and going and going..:

  1. What goes up must come down and what is down will go up. Nothing is permanently bad or permanently good. 
  2. Tough times do not last, tough people do and I am pretty tough as I have decided that I am. 
  3. Do not complain, blame and give excuses as I know I determine what happens to me and the outcomes that I want to see.
  4. Quitters never win and winners never quit. 

Things happen for a reason and for better days to come. It always does. NOTHING COMES EASY BUT EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE. We just have to believe, take massive actions and the results will favour those that work hard for it.


Andrew Yau said...

Different happenings in different stages of life.

To be a real leader, always train leaders in good times, so that, they can perform when uncertainty happens!

Fundamentals have to be built for a real leader to win the war.


Norhafizah binti Mohd Rupi said...

'Quitters never win and winners never quit.' I like this quote. Make me become more stronger without any weakness.

Your non-stop spirit and encouragement to us make us become more stronger everyday. Everything must work harder then only we can get what we want.

Thank you Mr. Ernie.

Ginny Seow said...

If we want something badly, we will need to stay focus and go all out to achieve it and get it.
Believe the process! Do not give up! Just do it!

Vivian Foong said...

Yes, agreed with Mr. Ernie.

When we do good things and always take massive actions, good things will come true. Focus on what we want to get, everything is possible.

Thank you Mr. Ernie for your sharing and you are our good role model!

Clement Choo said...

We must always plan and prepare earlier, don't wait till last minute. Utilize all the time we have wisely.

Edwin YauKY said...

Thank you for your sharing Mr. Ernie.

Winners are not people who never FAIL, but people who never QUIT!
It’s better to have lots of options and interests than none at all. So, need to keep on towards our goals.

luna yap said...

To make things happen, is not easy and never ever have a shortcut to achieve what we want. So, we need to have the persistence and the heart to make things happen. Of course we will make many mistakes, but never late to learn from the mistakes, so we can improve to be better.

Nothing is impossible! If you want something, sacrifice and take massive active to achieve it.

Thank you Mr. Ernie for sharing.

Sry Haryane Mohd Nor said...

Hi Mr. Ernie,

Wish your father is getting better and recovery soon. Wish baby G stay healthy and melty people's heart again.


That is what I saw in you. If people really understand that words, it meaning a lot of things with high responsibility. Everyone have their own commitment, but either you are trying hard to full-fill and complete your commitment or to give-up.

Again it is your CHOICE

I does not like to eat Vegie, but I start to challenge my self to try it. Why?

As you said ALL are in YOUR MIND
Yes, it is all our mind to determine what we want, what result we desired.

Chloe Ang said...

Nothing come easy if we didn't work hard enough. Just do whatever we can to make ourselves better!

Thank you for sharing, Mr.Ernie!
Blessing to Uncle Chen!

Sharolyne Belinda said...

Well said Mr Ernie,What I have learnt is not to give up and it has taught me that situations will not be the same and it will change,thanks for the encouragement

Rahul Stone said...

“There are many things that seem impossible only so long as one does not attempt them. This is what I have learned throughout my tenure over here. Thank you very much Mr. Ernie for being such a significant role in my life.

Wizz Lee said...


We are facing challenges everyday, what we can do is to work harder, smarter and faster to overcome it and get things done.

Thank you for the lessons throughout the month.

Mohd Razif Mohd Yusof said...

Nothing comes easy but as long as you are breathing, you are always one breath away from making your dreams a reality.
let's make every breath count.

Thank you for your sharing Mr Ernie.


Priya Darshini said...

To all the other dreamers out there, don't ever stop or let the world's negativity disenchant you or your spirit. If you surround yourself with love and the right people, anything is possible.;)

Thank you Mr. Ernie. for your sharing.
really appreciate to have Boss like you god bless you.


Yew Vicky said...

The more difficulties we encounter, the more room we have to improve ourselves.

Thank you for sharing. I will learn more from Mr.Ernie.

Nicoline Natasha said...

Challenges are difficult and everyone will undergo this path somewhere in their lives. Either we make it or break it. During these difficult times things may seem at its peak and utterly difficult to handle. But once we overcome it we will realise that sometimes challenges are there to help us understand lessons that we failed to take into consideration when we are too busy with life. We don’t grow when things are easy. We grow when we face challenges.

shiu kuan said...

Challenges are unavoidable in everyone’s life and nobody has the privilege to escape from it. Somehow, they are not that frightening; and it all depends on our methods of handling them. Be bold and break through the wall, as you will never know what is waiting for you at another end.

Kevin Jaffery said...

Everyone have their own rainy and sunny days, the difference is always, how we handled the situation. I respect you Mr.Ernie for not giving up even though lots of obstacles in front of you. It is so incredible to see you manage your time well despite all the unexpected and expected event, time surely waits for no one. I like the Malay new quote you said yesterday during our Townhall meeting, " apa yang tidak mungkin, kita mungkin kan", hence let us all work hard together to 'mungkin kan' all the dreams.

Faisal Ahmad Hashimy said...

I believes, people have their own challenges in their life.

These challenges can be many factor.

Hence,thus people have positive mind will do their best to overcome the challenges.

Those people who have negative mind, tend to quit and just let it be.

At the end, a person who never give up will succeed and quitters will never succeed.

Ies Rosli said...

First and foremost, I'm sorry to hear the sad news about your father. We here in PORTMAN pray for his speedy recovery! The ups and downs in life is a beautiful mystery that human beings need to go through. From the Islamic perspective, anything happens to us in this world is actually a test from His Almighty. Trust me, He would not test us with something that we could not endure. People might be able to give you the moral support but at the end of the day, you are the one who's going through the hardship. What I can say here boss, have a faith and hold on. There is always a rainbow after the rain.


Rosmalia Sabi said...

I believe that if you do good, good things will happen. Everything is completely unplanned. Sometimes bad things happen to good-hearted people and sometimes good things happen to bad people. But at least if we try to do good things, then we're spending our time doing something worthwhile. Never regret anything that has happened in your life. It cannot be changed, undone, or forgotten. So take it as a lesson learned and move on.


Thinessha Balan said...

The write up is definitely a great inspiration for the ones who are finding difficulties and giving up on the precious life that GOD gifted us with.

Setting goals is very easy but working towards it is the hardest part ever, people tend to give up during the phase. But as you said, NOTHING is impossible. Personally I do agree with that statement as I have accomplished certain goals in my life which once I thought it was impossible for me to get to where I am now. I believed in myself and my capability without giving too much of concern on certain people's negative judgment. My frequent reminder to myself is, "No one knows me better than I do".

Believing in myself is my strength because I know my capabilities!

- Thinessha Balan –

Priya said...

Your mind is a powerful thing. When you fill it with positive thoughts, your life will start to change. No matter how tough life gets, never give up. It's the best thing you will ever do to yourself.

Thank you Mr. Ernie for always being a great role model.

Aziean Baharom said...

We will overcome all the obstacles if we do it with all of our heart. Do it with passion will make everything possible.

~Thank you for sharing Mr. Ernie.

Shahrul Shafiee said...

Focused, hard work is the real key to success. Keep your eyes on the goal, and just keep taking the next step towards completing it.

Yasota said...

Anything is possible as long as you're focused, determined and you really want to do it.

Michelle Xinyi said...

Agreed with Mr. Ernie,

Believe the process even though it is tough and challenging but we still need to keep going to get what we want and make our lives better.

Every achievement is not easy to get it, really need to be consistency and continuously to do it.

Cheryl said...

Thank you for sharing Mr. Ernie!

Anything can happen at anytime. I just always remind myself, never quit, never give up!

Work harder, Work smarter and work faster

Joseph Choong said...

Yes from the topics I have already felt the same NOTHING COMES EASY BUT EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE.

It reminds me how I overcome to run two events at the same day, my leg was pain and I was exhausted. But what made me keep going and stay until the end of the events? Is myself, I had decided that I need to make the events happen and I must keep the events running smooth and awesome so no matter how pain how exhaust I am, I will not stop!

Only yourself can define who you are by yourself start believing and take massive action!

Thanks for the sharing Mr. Ernie.

Anonymous said...

We always have to be prepared and be equipped with the right kind of mindset to face everything life has to throw at us. Not everything we plan happens as it should but if we are always on our heels, we can overcome all uncertainties in life. Another wonderful piece of write up Mr. Ernie.

- Malathy Muniandy -

hidayah padil said...

When we are chasing for a big goal, our biggest enemy will be slackness and complacency. Instead of waiting, do something every day because a small step will lead to a big result.

Fadelah Daud said...

Yes, agreed with you boss.

Sometimes, our plan is not always happening. That's why we need another backup plan. Plan A-Z

Peggie Woo said...

Yes, Mr. Ernie. Thanks that always motivating us no matter during good or bad times.
Nothing Comes Easy. I am starting to do Tabata Workout with the team three times a week. It's really helping us to become fitter, move faster, think faster. We will do and work it together to achieve the Happy and Healthy Lifestyle.

Thank you.

Noorfa said...

Always believe that nothing in this world comes free and without effort. As you mention before everything is possible. If you believe, work on it, the result will show. Thanks

Kelvin Thong Jian Hao said...

Thanks, sir. You always remind me to need to work harder with your actions and results.

Yes, this is a tough mounth, but it will pass, the rainbow will be awaiting after the storm.

nur diyana said...

I am impressed with you Mr. Ernie. You can face all challenges that comes to you. I have to follow your way to become more stronger person in future. InshaaAllah !

Thank you Mr. Ernie :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your sharing Mr. Ernie

i'm part time student and i'm also employee at here , my schedule pax every day, after work i need to stay up late night do the assignment, maintain my pointer, maintain and improve my skill work at here.. but still can attend my old friend events, hiking with them and also join backpackers travel once a year or once in two year.

When you says "NOTHING COMES EASY BUT EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE" yes totally i agree because nothing is easy, but who wants nothing...

When i come here, i learn something from here, from you & from a culture, i accept it as a gift, new challenge and it is my lifelong commitment to preserve it and build on it.

Thankyou Mr Ernie


Wayne Chong said...

Good day Mr. Ernie,

I will remember what you have taught us, we should set a limit that is higher than what we can achieve so that we can achieve more. Put more effort to achieve extraordinary results. As you said, everything is possible!

Thank you so much Mr. Ernie.

Anonymous said...

Agreed on that nothing comes easy but as long as we keep working hard, everything is possible.


Anonymous said...

Thanks Mr Ernie for sharing.

Lets Together Everyone Achieve More..!!!

- Hakim Shakir

Roslee Ab Aziz said...

Setuju dgn boss..tiada benda mudah tanpa usaha dan kerja keras...berusaha lah dgn ikhlas anda akan dapat hasilnya...percaya pada rezeki itu kunci utama...

Nur Shairah Azhar said...

When we put our mind into it, we can achieve the impossible. Everything is possible!

Thank you for sharing boss!

Mawardi Abdul Hai said...

Thanks for for the sharing..lets all make a better future..

ZT said...

Calm,Confidence,Consistence,All Goals can be Achieve,nothing is easy but everything is possible .

Anonymous said...

Nothing in life that is great is easy. If it was easy then it wouldn't be great. Thanks for sharing Mr. Ernie.


Loshini Priyaa said...

Thank you for the constant and continuous motivation, Mr Ernie.

Sammi Lai said...

Nothing comes easy, but everything is POSSIBLE.

Thank you Mr. Ernie for the sharing, I think this is what Mr. Ernie taught us prevent before cure.

Ivy said...

Today is hard tomorrow is harder, but the day after tomorrow will be sunshine.
I believe everything happen for a reason. A reason for us to become better.
Uncle Chen will recover very soon and will keep praying for him.


sharmila saundarasan said...

Nothing is impossible, the word itself says "I'M POSSIBLE"!

-Thank you for sharing Mr. Ernie-

Sri Rangjini said...


As for me , I will never focus or even say a negative word , because I was thought that what we think and focus that what will happen or come to you . I practice and follow Law of Attraction.

Mind need to be always positive.Nothing comes easy in life . We will face a lot obstacles in life to reach what we want. If really want something , bulldoze through it. Face everything which comes in.

Be positive Be Strong , you will get what you want.


JL Lai said...

Challenges will always be there. It just depends on whether or not you want to face it.
I had big losses over the past 8 months. In fact, those are the biggest loss to me in my life so far. But I have made my decision to handle it with a focused mind. Never let challenges to overtake your emotions. Everything is possible.

- JL Lai

Gym Jian Sheng said...

Sorry for the late comment.

Throughout this month, I made a decision and started to work on it and transform my life to the next level.

Previously I workout in the morning 7am and it could not arrive office on time.
Then I changed to work out at night, and I have to give up my events & activities, sometimes I will be late & rushing for gym to work out too.

After seeing the progress of Mr. Ernie becomes healthier, it inspired a lot of people to work on it and follow. Mr. Ernie has always proven to us on turning IMPOSSIBLE to POSSIBLE!
Nothing comes easy, but everything is POSSIBLE.

Yes. I have decided once again to workout everyday in the morning. And this time will be 6am. I have done it for a month, it really helps a lot at work. More fresh, more enegetic and sharp.

After the Thailand trip, rest for 5 days. Everything went down, I am going to continue my workout and let me be more Seng Mok to make smart decisions.

Good to see Mr. Ernie, changing so many things and the direction still achieves and going higher. Staff changed, Body health changed, Stage of the business changed, Family health issue changed, expectation of work changed, the organization is changing to become healtier & healtier after Mr. Ernie says it, prove it and now everyone is believes it.

Mr. Ernie you are a person that I highly respected. No matter what you say, I will follow and do. I just cannot keep up so fast so geng like you. But I believe the day will come.

Thanks for taking care all of us even you have your tough time in family and yourself.
Thanks for not giving up on our incompetence.
Thanks for caring our health more than everyone.
Lastly, I wish Uncle Chen speedy recovery and stay healthy, same goes to Mr. Ernie.
Let's work and build the healthy legacy together!

Unknown said...

"No pain, no gain", it's easy to say but executive kind of difficult sometimes. Well, salute your self-discipline and determination... Nice catching up and looking forward to hear more success stories from your end.

All the best!

Jessie Wan