Inspiring People 2014; Conrad Alvin Lim

Conrad Alvin Lim14 years ago, Conrad Alvin Lim found himself stuck in a rut. After a series of multiple setbacks, he was left in debt, jobless with a wife and 2 small kids to feed.

Who would employ someone who is over experienced, under qualified, middle aged and worse of all, bankrupt?


Instead of whining, Conrad did whatever it took to survive. He started taking in freelance media assignments, stayed competitive against youngsters by quoting way below his usual asking price in a fast shrinking market and turned to on-line trading as a form of side-line income.

His early on-line trading venture turned into a nightmare after attending several trading workshops between 2005 and 2006. Undaunted, Conrad went about giving himself an education in Finance and Economics from some of the most renown teachers in the business and financial world. This provided him with the foundation on which he has built a solid trading career, a sound business base and multiple income streams.

As a result of his hard work and perseverance, he cleared his debts in 2007 got discharged from bankruptcy.

7 years on, he is now the author of several best selling books, runs his own Pattern Trader Tutorial, a successful entrepreneur as well as a successful online trader.

1) Which person had the biggest influence in your life so far?
Obviously, in the last few years since my recovery from bankruptcy, Adam Khoo has been very influencial in giving me a direction and a sense of purpose. I found my calling in becoming a Trainer and Mentor.

2) What is the best piece of advice you have been given and by whom?
The biggest impression left on me from my early days in the Film Industry was from my late mentor, Joseph Tan, who repeatedly told me that “nothing is impossible given the right motivation and the right budget”. I have kept that as my mantra since the first day I learned that and it has kept me focused on everything I set out to achieve. It was also my primary motivation that drove me to get out of bankruptcy.

3) Name 3 factors that have contributed to your success today?
Hard work, belief and passion.

I have always known that nothing comes free or is easy to attain without Hard Work. Every successful person I know and have read about always had this one common factor – they worked really hard and often faced failure along their way to success.

It was their belief that kept driving them to success. Therefore, Believing is another key factor that drives me. There really is no point in setting goals or objectives if you don’t believe it can be done or if you have even the slightest doubt about your ability to achieve it. When I set my mind to something, I must believe that it can be done. It must be measurable, targeted and datelined.

Then there’s Passion. Once again, the pattern of successful people is the passion they have in their purpose. Passion is the one success ingredient that doesn’t need to be taught or nurtured. If you love doing what you’re doing, you will be passionate about it. If you’re passionate about it, you will be naturally motivated, focused and driven. I have done many things in my life but it was those things that I was most passionate about that I excelled in.

That is why I do what I do today – I teach because I love to teach (passion), I trade because I know I can always get better at it (belief) and I continue to work hard at everything I do because my hard work has paid off for everything I have set out to achieve.
Conrad Alvin Lim

4) If you could be a Superhero, who would you be and why?
I have always been a huge fan of Spiderman since I was a kid back in the early 70s. But if I had to be a Superhero, I’d love to be a combination of Captain America for his leadership, strength and righteousness and Lucy (yes, I know she’s not a Superhero) for a amazing powers.

5) When things get tough, how do you keep yourself going?
Many have asked my this question and they often refer to it as a “never say die” attitude. I don’t know where I got it from but I can credit much of it to Joseph Tan who taught me that losers are those who quit. Any problem to me is only a temporary set-back as long as its not life-threatening. Such set-backs are challenges to be overcome. And every challenge I overcome serves to make me a better person.

I live by believing that things can always get better. Everyday, I ask myself how I made yesterday better than the day before. Then I ask what I can do now to make today better than yesterday. Then I plan what I need to do to make tomorrow better than today. This gives me purpose, focus and makes my life more meaningful from day to day.

6) What rules do you live by?
Read my latest book *chuckle*
I live by 8 values. They are Respect, Harmony, Balance, Experience, Happiness, Defense, Wisdom and Passion.
Conrad Alvin Lim Books

7) What advice would you give to someone who is currently stuck in a financial rut?
Money problems are always going to be temporary set-backs that can be overcome in time with hard work. There will be other more pressing problems that are not financially related that we will need more energy to focus on. Problems that money can’t solve. So why worry about something that you can do something about? Stop fretting and get going about doing whatever it takes to overcome that financial obstacle.

8) What is your best advice to readers who wants to do what you do?
Get real.

Its not as easy as you think it is and definitely not what gurus are preaching about. Its not about making a million bucks and attaining financial freedom – the fact is, more have been slaughtered in this business than have become successful.

What I do as a trader is tough and requires a lot of discipline and hard work – something that most people don’t consider when discussing this. To most, trading is either gambling or a way to get rich quickly. The get-rich-quick attitude is a mindset that is commonplace because so many gurus are preaching it and the media hypes it up that way. The masses then get influenced into believing that this is what the market is about.

It is not.

It takes a lot of LEARNING (as much as a Finance and Economics student needs to learn), PRACTICE (as much as an Intern on Wall Street requires) and PATIENCE (because like anything else in life, EXPERIENCE doesn’t come easily or quickly and takes time to achieve) to attain the one thing that makes any trader great – EXPERIENCE.

And get yourself a good Mentor.

Conrad Alvin Lim Online Trader

“Success belongs to those who work at it the hardest and believe in it the longest.”
Conrad Alvin Lim

Follow Conrad on Pattern Trader Website and Pattern Trader Facebook Page.

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