Planting Seeds (Part I)

Plating Seeds

The following content was first shared by CEO Patrick Wee on 26 October 2016.

I agonised for the longest time on what I want to achieve from starting a blog and what value I can create. It finally hit me one fine morning that it would be of greater value for me to share about the people, books and movies that have inspired and shaped the way we run 8MAD GROUP.

First, to get it out of the way, this blog has nothing to do with the 2005 Ralph Fiennes movie of the same name. The Constant Gardener is a personal blog featuring some of the greatest leaders and inspiring work that have influenced myself and I believe many others to make better sense of the world and live a happier, more fulfilling life. After all, who we are and our actions are shaped by the things we read and the incidents that we experience.

As an avid gardener, I constantly remind myself how gardening so simply mirrors our life – if we have the patience and discipline to nurture seedlings and positive ideas, we will be rewarded with a beautiful bountiful garden and a beautiful, bountiful life.

Not too far away from the big 40, I’m pleased to say that I still embrace change and love that I’m learning new things and constantly challenging myself to be a better person. Hence, your feedback and further thoughts are most welcome to add further value to this blog. You can also connect with me directly at to bounce around further ideas on how we can all make the world a better place.

I would like to kick off this blog by sharing a book that was recommended by a very dear friend, Derek from The Law of Attraction Centre called The Diamond Cutter. Written by Geshe Michael Roach who has at times been controversial for his activities, The Diamond Cutter presents the simple idea of how all of us constantly plant the seeds that create our life and our world.

First, a little introduction about the author. Geshe Michael Roach is the first American to have been awarded the degree of Geshe, or Master of Buddhism, after more than 20 years of study in Tibetan monasteries. He graduated with honours from Princeton University and received the Presidential Scholar Medal from the President of the United States at the White House. In 1981, he helped found Andin International Diamond Corporation and brought it to annual sales of over $100 million, with over 10,000 employees in management and production facilities worldwide. The company was one of the fastest-growing firms in the history of New York City and in 2009, Andin was sold to super-investor Warren Buffett, the second wealthiest individual in the United States, for USD 250 million.

In Diamond Cutter, the Buddha on Managing your Business and your Life, Geshe Michael Roach shares his experiences at Andin and how he helped it to become so successful. The book has become a best-seller, with more than a million copies sold worldwide, in 20 languages.

With the main theme of “planting the right seeds” for the outcome you desire, Michael Roach sets the context of his teachings based on 3 key foundations that all businesses should work towards to: 1) to make money in a clean and honest way 2) to keep our mind and body in good health while we make the money 3) to be able to look back and feel the fulfilment that the business we conducted has created lasting meaning

In essence, the premise is that if we take care of what goes on in our mind we will be able to get better results in our life.

A few years ago, I had the privilege of visiting Tibet, The Land of Snows and was deeply moved by the simplicity and spirituality of the people there.

In Part 2 of “Planting Seeds”, I will expound on how Geshe Michael Roach draws upon ancient wisdom from Tibetan Buddhism particularly from the oldest printed book in the world, The Diamond Sutra.

Meanwhile, I wonder what’s on your mind after reading the first entry by The Constant Gardener