Ear, nose and throat surgeon, Dr Kevin Soh believes that having a positive attitude is the key to felicity

What‘s your proudest achievement?

I became a father quite late in life. When I was 38 years old, I carbon-copied myself through several months of bedroom gymnastics. My daughter Gabriella who looks exactly like me is now four years old. I have no greater achievement than to be a proud father.

And the most humbling?

No matter what I do or how hard I try, I can only influence the lives of a few people that I come into contact with. I will never be able to change the future course of the world. I cannot change the earth’s rotation, how our sun moves through the Milky Way, nor prevent it from being sucked into a black hole. We are only a small speck in the infinite cosmos. This is what I find most humbling.

What is your most precious possession?

My mental and emotional well-bring and my sense of humor. When I’m happy, it is a boost to my family, friends and colleagues. This positive energy is infectious, and everyone benefits from it. Some of my friends call me the laughing Buddha because I am smiling most of the time.

What makes you happiest?

I enjoy trekking and adventuring with Nature Trekkers and Singapore Adventurers Club. Adventurers and trekkers are a very crazy bunch of people, and I enjoy their camaraderie great deal. I wouldn’t trade their friendship for anything else. There is always a lot of laughter, jokes and ghost stories to share after a hard day journeying through the hills and forests.

What is the best thing that’s happened to you?

There’re so many, it’s hard to name one. I suppose being born is the best first thing that happened to me. I really must thank my parents who generously donated the genetic material for that to happen.

What do you like most in life?

To be able to do the good and fun things over and over again repeatedly- like savoring good food, enjoying nature, sharing funny stories with friends, making money in the stock market, performing surgery, and curing people of their infirmities.

Do you play any sports?

I won a consolation prize in the Body-For-Life Challenge organized by General Nutrition Centre. Since then I have become interested in strength training and fitness. I also do lots of stair climbing.

How do you define success?  

It’s when you achieve happiness and satisfaction in the different aspects of your life –social, spiritual, mental, physical, financial, and occupational.

Is there something you cannot get enough of?

I love performing surgery. I spent many years perfecting my craft. Ear, nose, throat and neck surgery is what I live and breathe to do. I derive great satisfaction in sculpting, molding, and repairing crooked nose, blocked sinuses and broken ear-drums.

What was your ambition as a child?

I once dreamed of being an astronaut, but when I later realized that Singapore did not have a space programme or send people to the moon, my hopes came crashing down.