“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”
Thirty-seven years ago I was born into a family that instilled in me the belief that anything is possible.
Thirty years ago my grandfather gave me the idea that one day I might become a doctor.
Twenty years ago I decided that I would become a doctor.
Eighteen years ago I worked my ass off to get in to medical school.
Twelve years ago I sustained a life-threatening head injury that caused me to re-evaluate my life and its direction and up my game.
Eleven years ago I graduated as a doctor.
Ten years ago I started MedRecruit to evolve how doctors live and work.
Three years ago I began researching doctor wellbeing and the impact of stress on their practice.
Last week I was asked by the World Medical Association to speak at their annual General Assembly in Taiwan to the working group tasked with reviewing the Declaration of Geneva.
Next week I’ll be speaking to them.
Then what? Will I play a part in evolving the principles of our profession and improving the delivery of healthcare from here on?
The position you are in today is not so much a result of what you do today, but rather it is a result of what you have done your entire life
If you want to be successful tomorrow, start today.
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.
Recently I was fortunate to attend a good friend of mine’s wedding in Bali. He’s a partner at a well-known law firm in Singapore, and many of the attendees were merchant bankers, venture capitalists and other people in the finance space.