Self Development

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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Be Curious

Curiouser and Curiouser

“Curiouser and curiouser!” cried Alice (she was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English) – Lewis Carroll

My daughter wants to be a researcher. We were talking about the scientific method – formulating hypotheses, designing experiments, analyzing results and drawing conclusions, which then cycle back to new hypotheses.

And I said, “It all begins, however, with curiosity!”

A longing to understand the world around us; what makes it tick; how to tweak it to work differently; how to make it better.

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Why Make 12 Year Plans

Place de la Bastille

Some places have “history”.

The Place de la Bastille in Paris, for instance, where the French Revolution led to storming the prison.

Or the Colosseum in Rome, where man fought beast to the death.

The Colosseum

 

Not all “history” is momentous and globally significant, though.

Some places have a deeply meaningful, if only personal, relevance to us.

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6 Big Lessons I Learned Last Year

Growing up

A year is a long time to learn. And in the last 12 months, I’ve learned some powerful lessons. Here are the 6 biggest ones.

Lesson #1:

Friends Matter

Friends Matter

I passed out of medical school over 30 years ago. There were 204 students in my batch.

In the course of 2017, I met nearly 50 of them in person at least once.

That’s 25% of a group of friends I’ve known for three long decades!

It’s amazing.

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