A man who had it all learned the most important lesson of his life while spending his last days on earth.
Dr. Richard Teo Keng Siang, regretted focusing on making money while neglecting God.
As his body was becoming increasingly weaker, the cosmetic surgeon has said that there is much more to life than a heavy wallet.
Before passing away, Dr. Siang said money is not the source of happiness and it could possibly even be the root of all that is evil.
Dr. Siang, who was suffering from 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 became viral.
Siang, who died at the age of 40, switched from a career in ophthalmology to aesthetics.
This transition brought him millions in just his first year of practice.
The sports car lover found himself spending weekends at automobile club gatherings racing with his wheels of choice.
“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 continued.
He also visited the finest restaurants and spent time with high-ranking celebrities.
Siang had a collection of at least four supercars including a Nissan GTR, Subaru WRX, Honda S2000 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 added.
According to Dr. Siang, during his last days among the living, the one thing that made him happy and fulfilled was spending time 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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