Life is very complex and we all strive to our ultimate happiness, for some it may probably be wealth and for others family values. In this article we shall present the thoughts of Dr. Richard Teo Keng Siang who had plenty of money during his adult life, but they did not bring joy to him.
He learned the most valued lesson in his life in his last days of existence. In his last living days he said that there is much more to life than a heavy wallet.
He regretted that he focused all his life on making money and possessing things and not on real living.
“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, it is only when we learn how to die that we learn how to live.”
Dr. Siang passed away at the age of 40, in 2012, as he could not fight off the most terrible disease, lung cancer. In those last moments in the struggle against cancer he said that money is not the source of happiness and it could possibly even be the root of all that is evil.
He started his medicinal career as an ophthalmologist, but later on turned to the more profitable filed in medicine, the aesthetics. The profit was visible even in the first year of his practice.
His new calling brought him millions and he commented the following:
“You know the irony is people do not make heroes out of average General Practitioners or family physicians. They make heroes out of people who are rich and famous.”
Here it is how he started his speech that was released on social media and very quickly became viral. He said:
“I am a typical product of today’s society. Since I was young, I have always been under the influence and impression that being happy is equal to being successful. And to be successful is to be wealthy. So I led my life according to this motto.”
The earned money he spent on collection of sports car like Nissan GTR, Subaru WRX, Honda S2000 and Ferrari 430. He was a great fun of this type of cars and spent almost every weekend at automobile club gatherings racing with his chosen car.
He led a posh life, visiting expensive and exclusive restaurants and spent time with high-ranking celebrities, but that did not bring him fulfillment at the end.
At the end of his life he commented the following:
“See, the irony is all these things I have, the success, the trophies, my cars, my house and all. I thought all that brought me happiness. But having all these thoughts of my possessions, they brought me no joy.”
Dr. Siang said that what brought him the greatest joy in the end it was not the sports cars or the collection of material things, but the conversation with the other people brought happiness in every last second of his life. He learned the lesson in a hard way and that what really matters in life is the people that surround you and make you happy.