Dare To Dream (www.daretodream.com.sg)
By Khoo Swee Chiow Friday, 7 July 2006, 3 - 4.30pm @ LT79
Enjoy your success for 5 minutes. Endure your failure for 5 minutes. After that, move on.
stHow does a guy from IT become the 1 professional adventurer in Singapore?
Taking courage and seizing opportunities!
1989 – No experience in climbing mountain
Highest mountain in Singapore- Bukit Timah (163m)
Highest mountain in World - Mount Everest- 8850m
Effective team / leverage on each other’s strengths.
To reach a common goal
Is important to team that how to communicate effectively and comeback alive. Request focus and concentration
Need to be peak performance
High risk venture requests planning / eye for detail / preparation
Mission VS Competition
1. Focus on challenge- not the competition
2. Focus on competition- in Relative mode, playing catch and you will always
follow your competitors. Improvement is small. (tend to be bound by constraint)
3. Focus on the challenge- proactive, quantum leap. Be the leader. e.g. game- play
4. Game within your game
5. Know your strength & weakness
Collaborate to Win
1. TRUST- foundation of teamwork
2. Trust derived by honesty, transparency, fair-play
3. Risk taking level is proportional to
4. ATTITUDE is more important than aptitude. (If u bring negative attitude, it will
spread like wildfire)
5. A team is as strong as the weakest member. (The last guy is part of the team.
Overall success level depends on weakest member)
Experience in Mount Everest, 1998
Before going to the Mount Everest, the team met the president Ong Teng Cheong and he told them ‘Do it right at the first time’. So, it creates such a great pressure for them because they are the first Singapore team to climb the world’s highest mountain.
Khoo realized that his dream is going to make it when they are just 1 hour away from the summit. He dreams for 9 years and now is so close to fulfill it but the incident happened. One of their team members forgot to bring the ropes and caused them to abort the mission. At that time, they are 40 people which come from different countries wait and argue with each other because of one person’s mistake. Eventually, they decided to call off the day and went back to camp to think about the solutions on whether they want to give up or move on.
The never say die spirit always there to tell him that he wanted to continue to pursue his dream and he decided to launch a second attempt but he faced some crisis like food, oxygen etc. Then the crisis management set up to ensure that the problems been solved and the responsible of decision fall on his hand.
6 days later, he overcame all the barriers and finally reached the summit of Mount Everest with tears of joy. It is such a great achievement and pride for him to become the first Singapore team to reach the peak of the highest mountain in the world.
1. STRONG BOND via a common goal. E.g. trip Antarctica. (people who can share
a common passion)
2. Trust & openness
3. FLAT organisation structure. No hierarchy.
4. Highly motivation member.
5. Highly efficient & effective
6. Goal-driven & task-oriented
7. Learn from people better than us (they tell you what to do / not to do, so learning
is no longer incremented, quantum leap. By is for people, know where to gather
Leaders Go First
1. Leadership is neither democracy nor dictatorship.
2. Leader- vision
3. Mark of a leader- INSTINCT (gut feel, successful people rely a lot on instinct),
faith for self belief
4. Leaders take risks
5. Leaders make mistake. But they do not repeat it.
6. In crisis, the leader must be in charge. (whether you’re trembling, you still need to
7. The right decision may not be the popular one.
8. Do not overly micro-manage but empower.
9. Leaders do not force, lead by example, they INSPIRE!
How do you handle suffering?
I will step back and see the big picture, telling myself that how long the suffering will be? 1 hour? 2 hours? Or even 1 day? Anyway that time is just a small part of my life.
Talent (Competency) + Failure (Value Setback) = Success
1. Acknowledge the failure
2. Express the emotions
3. Not the end of the world
4. Learn from the mistakes
5. Failure is one step closer to success
1. Don’t be arrogant. (It’s the begin of downfall)
2. Be thankful
3. Don’t dwell too long on success
4. Learn from
5. What would you do differently?
6. More on strategy work
Power without Control is nothing
Negative emotions- anger / jealousy / hatred / unforgiveness
Positive emotions - inspiration / joy / achievement / pride (take pride in what you do)
How to manage negative emotions?
1. Think about the consequences
2. Think about your loved ones
4. Remember the big picture (Time / life is short, focus on what you want to do)
5. Focus on the goal
6. be thankful & contented
7. Seek help
Dare to Dream
Talent- Your mission in life; discover what is your talent Courage- Dare to try, learn & try again
Team- We need one another to win (we are not an island, leverage on each other)
Emotion- Power without control is nothing Fun- Have fun
Q & A session
Q. What was the hardest aspect or most difficult challenge? Is mental or physical?
MENTAL! I am my own enemy.
Q. How do you get the sponsors?
Write a big proposal, presentation, be unique. If negotiation successful, both party
need to sign a contract but cannot guarantee success because it is an adventure.
Companies want to line themselves up with courage and determination.
Q. What would you want to say to a bunch of graduates?
1. be honest with oneself.
2. Don’t follow the crowd because sometime may get lost.
3. Find what you want and the direction you want to go. Do what you love to do.
Then money will come to you.
If you dare not even try, you have failed
1998 – Mt Everest
South Pole 1999 –
2000 – 7 Summits
2001 – Shishapangma without oxygen
2002 – North Pole
2003 – Cycling Singapore-Beijing
? National Youth Award 1998 (Sports & Adventure. Team) ? Excellence Award by Totalisator Board 1998 (Team)
? SPORTSCITY’s Personality Award 2001
? Singapore Youth Awards 2002 (Sports & Adventure. Individual)
. Set the new world’s longest scuba dive record for 220 hours on 16-17 December 2005.
Previous record is 212 hours 30 minutes (1986)
. Attempt crossing the English Channel on 14 Aug 2005 but had to abort after 6 hours
& 15km due to hypertomia (insufficient training in cold water 16 degree)
? On 14 November 2003, cycled 8,066km in 73 days from Singapore to Beijing
stth? The 1 South East Asian and the 4 in the world to complete the Adventure Grand
Slam which consists of 7 Summits, South Pole & North Pole
? Reached North Pole on 5 May 2002 after skiing 771 km in 45 days . Attempt skiing to the North Pole but had to abort the mission after 9 days due to some
frostbite injuries. (Faced media and sponsors- are not nice to fail in public. Realize
that failures is important part of life / handling setback / be honest of yourself)
st? In September 2001, climbed Shishapangma (8027m) without oxygen aid. The 1
South East Asian to have climbed an 8000m peak without oxygen and the only South
East Asian so far to have climbed three 8,000 meters peak – Cho Oyu, Everest &
? In June 2001, cycled 1,213km in 10 days from Penang to Kota Baru to Singapore.
st? 1 South East Asian to complete the 7 Summits in 2000.
? Reached South Pole on 31 December 1999 after skiing 1,125 km in 57 days.
st? Leader of the 1 Singapore Antarctica Expedition in 1999. This expedition achieved
st? Reached the summit of Everest on 25 May 1998 as part of the 1 Singapore Mt
? Completed 2 marathons (1997 & 1998)
1. Journeys to the Ends of the Earth, by Khoo Swee Chiow
2. Books into Thin Air, (1998 Stormat MTE)???