The Impact of a Vision


Last night I was very tired. Not just physically tired, but mentally exhausted, emotionally weary.

But I couldn’t sleep. For an hour, I tossed and turned, tortured by a haunting question:


How Can a Heart Surgeon Blog for Influence?


Today, I’d like to tell you a story.

It takes you behind the scenes of a heart operation, reveals a secret and teaches a powerful lesson in the end.


“I NEVER Make Mistakes” – Oh, Grow Up!

I deeply understand ARROGANCE.

Being a doctor, especially a heart surgeon, helps.¬† ūüôā

Most (if not all) doctors, and certainly all heart surgeons, believe they are fantastic, extra-ordinary, exceptional people.  The confidence (that always borders on, and often crosses the line into, arrogance) is a necessary part of being in the specialty.

Think about it for a moment.  If a surgeon were to begin an operation without a certain level of confidence, s/he might simply get paralyzed by the enormity of the challenge, the potential risks of a complication, the dangers of the procedure involved.

The solution:  Develop a deep inner confidence that shrugs off such doubts and allows skillful performance of a complex operation.

In my work on the Web, I play in some niche markets that are equally hyper-competitive, like the entrepreneurial home business, infopreneur and Internet marketing niches.

Players in these niches have internalized the useful life message I first heard from best-selling author Dave Pelzer – “Never let them see you bleed!”

So my peers (or ‘competitors’) pretend and preen, living the mantra of ‘fake it till you make it’, until they either reach a level when it becomes real – or they quit.

And to an extent that’s fine – but there’s a stranger thing that happens along the way…

They Stop Making Mistakes!

Or, to be more precise, they stop ADMITTING to the mistakes they make.


Because it won’t fit their image of near-perfect immaculate creations.¬† And that’s scary, even dangerous in certain situations (like a ‘over-confident’ surgeon indulging in a procedure s/he is not competent to carry out, even if confident enough to try).

And after getting in over their heads into deep water, these masters of self-deception and posturing still gamely struggle on.¬† Again, that’s fine – giving up on anything when the going gets tough is not a great solution, but what’s sad is they miss a valuable LEARNING experience.

By pretending to be perfect, flawless, incapable of making a mistake, they are really shooting themselves in the foot.

You see, there really is no benefit in making the claim:

“I NEVER make mistakes”

At best, it brands you a fool in the minds and eyes of people watching and listening to you.¬† At worst, it makes you loathed and disliked by more ‘real’ people who like relating to other ‘real’ people instead of mindless caricatures and ego-images.

Everyone makes mistakes.  No doubt about it.  What matters is how one deals with them Рhow quickly, how effectively, how smartly.  That defines you, your level of growth and wisdom, your maturity and suitability for huge success.

Everyone bleeds.¬† Don’t question that, we all hurt and suffer from time to time.¬† Do THAT in private, you don’t need to show the world how hard you worked, struggled or fought to get where you did.¬† That’s what Dave meant by “Don’t let them see you BLEED!”

Your competition scans your business for weakness like a bloodhound scents blood.¬† Don’t let them find your chinks and soft spots.¬† But at the same time, don’t posture and pretend to be what you aren’t… infallible.

That’s just downright stupid.

Made a mistake?  Admit it.  Apologize.  Or at least, take quick remedial action.

The way Steve Jobs handled his (potentially) catastrophic iPhone price cut is a case in point.¬† After slashing the price on Apple’s blockbuster mega-hit product by $200 just months after release, he risked antagonizing a core fan base.

A mistake.  Maybe a calculated one, but still a mistake.

Steve didn’t posture and spin things in a flim-flam, smoke-and-mirrors fashion.¬† He just got right to the point and gave all buyers a $100 credit – at an Apple store.

Masterful damage control.¬† A brilliant way to handle a mistake.¬† And he didn’t even apologize!

On the flip side, there are obvious, glaring mistakes made by hundreds of entrepreneurs every day.  Some are so apparent, even novices can see them.  Yet you see people who should know better claiming they did not goof up.

“I NEVER Make Mistakes”

Wake up, folks.¬† Even your mother won’t believe THAT one!


The Atrium – Storage Chamber and Booster Pump


In an earlier article, I’ve discussed the four heart chambers – the two upper chambers called¬†atria, and the two lower ones called¬†ventricles.

Let’s talk a little more about the atria.

The atria [singular : atrium] are thin walled upper chambers of the heart. There are two atria, one on the right and the other on the left.

The right atrium is located along the right border of the heart. The two great veins of the body Рcalled the superior and inferior vena cava [SVC and IVC] Рdrain impure blood from the upper and lower halves of the body respectively. These two great veins ultimately empty into the right atrium.

From here, blood flows into the right ventricle across the tricuspid valve and thence into the lungs to be purified. The right atrium thus primarily functions as a storage chamber for “impure” venous blood¬†en route¬†to the lungs.¬†


What is Open Heart Surgery?

Open Heart Surgery

Over the years, many have asked me this question –¬†“What exactly is OPEN HEART surgery ?”.

“Hey, that’s easy !”, you say. “It’s an operation which is done after opening the heart, right ?”


But it’s not easy!

Let me try and explain.

I’ve told you earlier about how the heart pumps “pure” blood containing nutrients and oxygen to the entire body. This blood flow is needed for life. If the heart stops, and blood flow stops, life is not possible.

That then is the challenge –¬†to open the heart and operate inside it. For this it is necessary to stop the heart!

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