Self Development

I Know

Lately, I’ve had lengthy conversations with many friends I’ve known for twenty years or longer.

One thing that strikes me is how confident some are about having definitive answers to so many questions.

They know!

And they are convinced that they are right.

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There’s Always Time, If…

There's Always Enough Time

I was thinking about the biggest lessons my teachers had taught me.

There were many favorites. Mrs.Raju from 3rd grade. Mr.Daniel from high school. Dr.Laxminarayan from medical college.

And Prof.A.M.Selvaraj.

Prof.A.M.S. was my mentor throughout medical education. He was a remarkable man with an incredible work ethic. He’d wake up at 7 a.m. to read for a couple of hours before seeing patients. He’d carry on right until 2 or 3 a.m. the next morning, taking only brief breaks for a quick lunch and dinner.

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Small World

It's A Small World

It’s a SMALL world, really!

I just got off the phone. Spoke to the Director of a research lab about an internship for my daughter. And it turns out he knows me very well – from medical school, over 30 YEARS ago!

Back then, we had no Facebook or Twitter, email or smart phones.

But still, we built networksoften unconsciously.

So a student from a different college who attends classes at our hospital knows me, and remembers me… 3 decades later.

The lesson:

You’re ALWAYS part of a networkwhether you know it or not.

And you’re ALWAYS making an IMPACT.

Be aware of it. Act accordingly.

Because the effects of that impact last long.

Even many decades!

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Why I’m Such An Optimist

Optimism

I was wondering about my attitude of hopeful optimism in the face of steep odds, and what’s behind it.

And while reading (for the n’th time) a story in the ‘Just William’ series (William, the Good), the penny dropped.

Richmal Compton’s 11 year-old hero William sets himself an “impossible” goal – to raise 8 and six pence for a shiny new set of cricket stumps… by evening!

All through the day, his increasingly desperate plans fail one after another, until by tea time, all he has is a penny.

And then comes the twist that’s made me an incurable optimist.

An opportunity lands in William’s lap. He seizes it.

And voila!

He gets the 8s 6d needed for his stumps.

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What If…

What if you did this in 2018

What if… You made ONE new friend on Twitter every day of 2018

What if… You reached out to help ONE person every day in 2018

What if… You wrote ONE meaningful blog post every week in 2018

What if…

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