Book Review: “Live Well, Love Much, Laugh Often” by Apelles Poh

Title:

Live Well, Love Much, Laugh Often

Author:

Apelles Poh

Genre:

Motivational/Inspirational/Successful living

This book is about living life to the fullest. The author, Apelles Poh, who is a certified financial planner, shares lessons he learnt from his own life experience and observations of the world, as well as insights he has gleaned from other books and seminars. If you are looking for a book on positive thinking and successful living that is light on Bible verses and heavy on motivational or inspirational quotes and sayings, with a generous dose of quips and real-life illustrations and parables, then you may like to check out this book.

The following is an excerpt from his book “Live Well, Love Much, Laugh Often”:

Martin Luther King had a dream of equal rights for black people at a time of widespread racial discrimination in the heartlands of America. His martyrdom fanned the flame of freedom for his kindred. Abraham Lincoln believed in a government ruled not by kings and princes, but by the people and there he sowed the seeds of democracy. Sir Winston Churchill galvanized a country under siege from Nazi Germany with his immortal speech, “I would say to the House as I said to those who have joined this government: I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat. We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us many, many long months of struggle and longsuffering… You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: Victory. Victory at all costs – Victory in spite of all terror – Victory, however long and hard the road may be; for without victory there is no survival.”

During the chaos and birth pains of separation from Malaysia, there rose up a man who believed that this tiny nation state, without any natural resources, could survive. And not only did it survive, it thrived. In just one generation, Lee Kuan Yew and his team transformed a third world country into a first world nation state — Singapore. And we are beneficiaries of this “can do” spirit. These men left their mark because they believed the tasks that lay before them could be done. Success is found in “Cans” and not in “Can’ts”.

Indeed, a seed sown in love and faith will germinate, grow and bear fruit one day. We can dare to believe, and dare to act on our beliefs to realise our dreams and be a greater blessing in people’s lives.

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