Searching for true success on the silk road one question at a time

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 is just not getting it; he wants to write a book that feels true to him and not someone else’s definition of what it should be. So instead, he embarks on a twenty-two-week overland trip from London to Sydney, to give him a chance to figure it all out. He gets his answer unexpectedly in a number of conversations in a hotel in Singapore.

There the mysterious Parandin asks him a series of questions about what it means to live a life of true success, before challenging him to share what he has learned in this book 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 version of success.
  • You have no idea what true success would 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, I show you that it is never too late to discover what true success means to you and how to go after it. For when you do, then anything can happen.

So, whatever you do, wherever you are and no matter what point you are in your life, if you are searching for your true success, this book is for you.


‘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 book, Conversations 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.’

Jerry Gale, PhD, Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Science, Director of the Family Therapy Doctoral Program, University of Georgia – USA