Conversations in Singapore
Conversations in Singapore
‘unique and easy to learn from, [posing] captivating questions for anyone’
‘An invaluable book which reminds us that we define ourselves by our choices. Choose to read this.’
––Dr John Scally, PhD, Assistant Professor, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Michael is about to embark on writing his second book, all about the meaning of true success. His agent wants him to take an academic stance – a review of success down through the ages – but Michael wants to write a book that feels true to him. So he embarks on a 22-week overland trip from London to Sydney, to give him a chance to figure it all out.
He gets his answer unexpectedly in a hotel in Singapore, where the mysterious Parandin asks him a series of questions about what it means to live a life of true success. She challenges him to share what he has learnt, in order to inspire others.
You may be feeling that:
The success you want in your life has evaded you or passed you by
You have been pursuing someone else’s idea of success
You have no idea what true success might mean for you.
If so, then this is the book for you. Whether you are just starting out on your life’s journey or have already gone some way down the road, Michael shows you that it is never too late to discover what true success means to you, and to go after it. For when you do, anything can happen.
Conversations in Singapore was launched by His Excellency Mr Patrick Bourne, Ambassador of Ireland to Singapore, with Paul McAuliffe, Lord Mayor of Dublin, and Ronald Bolger, Honorary Consul-General of Singapore in Ireland, in attendance, at Clontarf Yacht & Boat Club on Friday 14 June.
Michael E. Daly is an author, speaker and workshop leader. Conversations in Singaporeis his second book: the follow on to the critically acclaimed The Six Traits of Self-leadership. While based in Ireland, Michael is regularly invited to travel throughout Europe, to speak, teach, give presentations and lead workshops on Personal Leadership and Goal-setting for True Success. Michael trained as a monk; he holds qualifications in Public Administration, Social Care, and Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Enterprise, and has an M.A. in Health Care Management.
‘It is difficult to answer the question: “What is true success?” But Michael’s conversations have shown me what true success means to me, and you have to read them too to learn what true success means for you.’
––Dr Imre Gombkötő, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Miskolc, Hungary
‘In the classic book One Thousand and One Nights, Scheherazade married a king who had killed a thousand wives after just one night together. Queen Scheherazade, to stay alive, tells a new story each night to the king. In this new classic, Michael Daly invites the reader to consider how to live a life worth living. In his bookConversations in Singapore: Searching for True Success on the Silk Road, One Question at a Time, Michael presents his muse, the strange and remarkable Parandin.
Parandin, unlike Scheherazade, does not tell stories, but asks penetrating questions of Michael that encourage him to seek answers within himself. Michael weaves his meetings with Parandin in with another story: his journey on the Silk Road. Offering suggestions, insights and courage, Michael’s book will inspire readers to find their own truth about who they are, where they are going and how to be successful in their journey. And like Scheherazade, this book will leave the reader to discover a thousand and one tales of who they can be.’
––Professor Jerry Gale, PhD, Department of Human Development and Family Science, Director of the Family Therapy Doctoral Program, University of Georgia, USA
‘In this his second book, Michael has once again managed to surprise me. Here he gives us the possibility to have an insight on the heritage of Hotel Falah, giving us the blessing of motivation. Following the story of his personal growth and success while staying there, we have the benefit of being guided through our own personal achievements. This is the best book on life-recipes: it defines the right ingredients, determines the best processes and yet gives total freedom of individual choice in how to live a life of true success. I am really looking forward to reading his third book!’
––Professor Domagoja Buljan Barbača, PhD, Head of Department of Finance and Accounting, University of Split, Croatia
‘A great story from the Silk Road: once you open the book, you cannot stop reading until you get the whole story, the whole message and the whole wisdom. Every reader will benefit from having read Conversations in Singapore. It is a story which had to be shared, a book which had to be written, and a message which has to be read. . . . Michael is a great storyteller and in this book he definitely has a story to tell. It is like reading Paulo Coelho, but this time it’s non-fiction.’
––Dr Ing. Michal Menšík, PhD, Vice-Rector for External Relations, Moravian University College, Olomouc, Czech Republic
‘Michael Daly is one of the right people to move us forward to find out what true success is, and his book is the perfect way to show clearly how we can reach true success by ourselves.’
––Dr Ferkan Kaplanseren, PhD, Associate Professor, İzmir Dokuz Eylul University, Turkey
Praise for The Six Traits of Self-leadership: How to Create a Life of Success and Happiness
‘Some public-spirited individual ought to send this book to Leo Varadkar.’
––Gene Kerrigan, journalist and author
‘One of the smartest books you will ever get to read.’
––Professor Jim Blythe, Cardiff
‘If you read one book this year, make it this one – it has it all. It will show how you can bring success and happiness to your life and work so as to truly live the life you want to have.’
––Nick Williams, internationally acclaimed author and inspired entrepreneur, London
‘I recently experienced two moments of enlightenment – listening to Michael’s lectures and reading his book on self-leadership. A simplicity of recommendations leading to peace between your mind and heart, a clear vision of your own life and encouragement to immediately turn your thoughts to the inner belief that ‘everything is going to work out just right!’ You cannot remain at the same stage of your life journey as you were before opening the first pages of this book.’
––Jolanta Preidiene, Head of International Department, Vilnius University of Applied Sciences, Lithuania
‘The Six Traits of Self-Leadership is an excellent book, which I highly recommend to anyone who wants to achieve their personal and professional goals. It provides a simple approach to success and happiness, something most of us want. It reveals the Six Traits that will make you more effective. This book is easy to follow and very inspiring. One of the most powerful and insightful books I’ve ever read!’
––Professor Ana Paula Lopes, University of Oporto, Portugal
‘Michael Daly has given us an outstanding prescription for getting the kind of satisfaction we want from our lives. In his The Six Traits of Self-Leadership: How to Create a Life of Success and Happiness, he has shown how satisfaction is not just about some outsider telling us what to do but really about self-leadership, the way to real personal happiness. Michael gives us the keys to self- leadership with his six traits and illustrates each with down-to- earth examples. The ideas are easily accessible and presented in a friendly style that anyone can understand.’
––Professor Alan Zimmerman, City University of New York
‘This book is both moving and practical. It also reflects the personal experience of the author – a self-leader I admire and respect. It is a fantastic read and gives exceptional everyday-life examples for the reader to put straight into practice. This is a book that will make an impact and it is a must read. So, let it act as your personal assistant and manual as you create a life of success and happiness forThe Six Traits of Self-Leadership shows you how.’
––Professor María José Del Pino Espejo, University Pablo de Olavide, Seville, Spain
‘Have you ever asked the question: what do I need to be successful? The answer is healthy self-confidence, calmness and awareness. You achieve self-confidence through Bildung. Bildung is translated literally as ‘higher education’. Bildung is what’s left over when you subtract your lessons learned from your knowledge. Bildung is active! Bildung is not a customer relationship. It is not “edutainment” or a passive education where you learn a lot. It’s all up to you!
‘Calmness means: Don’t go charging in. Lay back, think for a while before you act. One night is all it takes. Be aware. Look into the eyes of your partners. Do they understand your message? In order to understand more, read this book!’
––Professor Dr Ing. Gerd Mühlenbeck, Heidelberg, Germany
‘The Six Traits of Self-Leadership makes for great reading. It will inspire readers to reach their full potential in life, regardless of age, education or profession. The style is easy and personal. Not only does the author make a valuable synthesis of ideas from different fields – psychology, time management and entrepreneurship – but he also gives readers advice from his own experience or that of his clients. The book is practical, filled with inspiring thoughts and quotes, written with determination, passion and a sense of humour.’
––Dr Anda Gheorghiu, Associate Professor, Hyperion University Bucharest and Internal Auditor, Romanian National Ombudsman