In life, we’re going to have good days and bad days, and one thing I know for sure is we’re not going to know which is which at the time.
On the night of June 20, 2002, I was out drinking and decided to do a back flip off a two metre high wall outside the Captain Cook Tavern in Dunedin.
I landed on my head and went into a coma.
When my parents got the phone call at 2.30am saying, “You’d better get to Dunedin on the earliest flight as we don’t know if your son is going to come out of the coma”, they definitely said it was a bad day.
When I came out of the coma and was told by doctors that I was unlikely to regain full brain function, and therefore I would be unlikely to return to medical school, and that I’d never ski again, I definitely said it was a bad day.
But life gives us lessons doesn’t it?
I believe there are three types of lessons…
The feather is that niggle, that voice in you saying that something isn’t quite right.
Ignore the feather and you get the brick which is a lot less subtle. I had a lot of bricks in the form of family, friends, police, medical school etc.
Ignore the brick and life will give you the Big Mack Truck, the lesson you can’t ignore. The head injury was my Big Mack Truck. It taught me that for my life to change, I had to change. It taught me that focussing on myself wasn’t a pathway to fulfilment that I had more to give, that I had the ability to make a real impact.
Everything good in my life has come since that realisation, that lesson; my family, MedRecruit, my locum agency, MedCapital, my wealth management company, MedWorld, my wellbeing organisation, my success in skiing… everything.
I got lucky. I remember working in ED one night when a guy my age came in with a similar head injury to what I had; petechial bleeding in his frontal lobe, midline shift, just like me. He died six days later.
We have good days and bad days. Turns out that was one of the best days of my life.
When it comes to your business, what’s more important, revenue or profit?
I run a course called Board of Directors. Business owners join me for two days every three months and we go deep on their businesses, and their own personal psychology.
Recently we got some HR people in to help us improve our professional development program at MedRecruit.
People often talk about the impact they want to have… In the future.
After a crisis, most people aim to get back to the state they were in before the crisis.
Recently the World Medical Association ratified a change to the Declaration of Geneva, the modern-day Hippocratic Oath, the value-set of doctors worldwide, to include the health and wellbeing of doctors.
I was recently speaking to a group of corporates.
And I had to smile.
I speak to a lot of groups of people AND Purpose is something that I’m big on, and it invariably leads to someone asking the question, “I don’t know what I want to do. What should I do?”
“When is it giving up, and when is it changing direction?” is a question I get asked a lot.
Some people like beer.
Some people like wine.