A man who lived his life in the fast lane learnt one critical lesson during his last days on earth.
Dr. Richard Teo Keng Siang, lamented over the focus he had on making more money and not paying attention to God.
As his health slowly deteriorated, the cosmetic surgeon has said there is more to life than having a fat bank account.
Before losing his life, the physician said money is not really the source of happiness and it could even be the root of all evil.
Siang who was suffering from chronic lung cancer died in 2012 and had a few regrets.
“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,” he said in a speech that went viral.
Siang, who died aged 40, switched from a career in ophthalmology to aesthetics. A transition that brought him millions during his first year of practice.
As he raked in millions, the sports car enthusiast found himself spending weekends at car club gatherings racing with his chosen wheels.
“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,” he added.
He also dined at the fanciest restaurants and brushed elbows with high-profile celebrities.
The deceased owned at least four sports cars including a Honda S2000, Nissan GTR, Subaru WRX and Ferrari 430.
“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,” he said.
According to the doctor, during his last days on earth, the one thing that brought him joy was interacting with people.
“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,” he narrated.
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