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Millionaire Doctor Dying From Cancer Warns That Money, Nice Things Bring ‘No Joy’ in the End





Right after he was diagnosed with lung cancer, Dr. Richard Teo Keng Siang realized that earning money and becoming a millionaire aren’t the only things that count in life. There are so many more things that are important in everyone’s lives, so to speak. Teo knew this because he was a millionaire doctor himself. But his successful career didn’t stop him from succumbing to lung cancer in 2012.

A cosmetic surgeon from Singapore, Teo once explained in a speech that people usually tend to equate happiness with success, and success with wealth. In other words, if you want to be happy, you need to be successful, and if you want to be successful, you need to amass a lot of wealth. Teo said that as he had been under this wrong impression all along, he had led his life according to this motto until the day the blow fell, when he came to know he had lung cancer.

When asked about how he had become a millionaire, Teo simply said that he had switched his career from one in ophthalmology to one in aesthetics. This career shift brought him millions of Singaporean dollars in his first year of practice itself.

As he began earning loads of money, Teo changed his hobbies as well. Dining at the fanciest restaurants nearly every other day and attending car club gatherings on weekends became a matter of routine for him.  His passion for cars and racing led him to own at least 4 sports cars_ a Nissan GTR, a Ferrari 430, a Honda S2000, and a Subaru WRX.

 He also found himself bumping into famous people and celebrities, such as Eduardo Saverin, the co-founder of Facebook, and Rachel Kum, who was crowned Miss Singapore Universe in 2009. Indeed, his life had no end of entertainment and success. He was at the peak of his ever-rising career, and everything was under his control. Or so he thought.


On 11th March, 2011, Teo was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. What made it worse was that he had only 6 months, if not 3 to 4, to live.

The doctor fell into the dark abyss of depression and cried himself to sleep every night. With such little time left for living out his life, he realized that all his cars, his house, his success, everything that he had earned so far, were of no use to him in the real sense of the word. None of these possessions brought him any kind of joy at all.

The months went by quickly, but they made Teo understand something important. What really made him happy was the fact that his friends and his family interacted with him, cared about him, and understood the pain that he was going through.

This suffering also changed him from a doctor working only for profit to a person who genuinely started caring for other cancer patients. Teo said that his condition made him understand how cancer patients actually feel.

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with being wealthy and successful. It’s just that not everyone can handle all that. For example, all the wealth only made Teo greedy for more. He admitted that before being diagnosed with cancer, he used to think of his patients as nothing more than a regular source of income.

While on his deathbed, Teo left another message that still shakes everyone to the core: “Only when we learn how to die do we learn how to live.”
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