Professional Life

(the picture of humble self assuredness on an even keel)

I celebrate Thanksgiving nearly every night. Before I go to sleep, I write down and savor five things that I am grateful for in this world. Sometimes they are as silly as setting a new personal record on my squat or deadlift that day and often they are as important as my loved ones and health.

I started this habit since I read research in college showing that this simple exercise can significantly increase psychological and physical well-being.

But I kept this habit since I learned first-hand that gratitude can have far more powerful effects, such as changing the course of your life. Here’s how it changed mine.

“Since I had no choice but to be here for a year, I would take this opportunity to better myself. Figures I had looked up to, like (Martin Luther King Jr) even 2pac used their time in exile to reflect, write and formulate their visions”

“I took inspiration from Bruce Wayne in (Batman Begins) who trained himself physically and psychologically to become a hero before returning home to help Gotham. Chicago would be my Himalayas, and it’s cold streets and gym’s would be my training grounds. I told myself that the gauntlet has been thrown down for the year ahead and I will return home stronger for it”

This mission I created for myself was a defense mechanism to protect me from the pain of failure.

But even so, I made a conscious decision to delve into the fantasy, because it would help me find positive meaning from a difficult situation. I had learned this lesson from working with some cancer patients, who concluded that getting cancer was the best thing that ever happened to them, because it forced them to prioritize the important things they had been ignoring in their lives.

If there’s anything I’ve learned, it’s that few beliefs are inherently right or wrong, it is more important whether they are effective.

That experience triggered a powerful paradigm shift in me, instead of continuing to convince my patients to come to treatment in a hospital, I realized that technology should be used to bring treatment to patients wherever they are.

I had been developing with my diabetes management program, but in a way that was more accessible and scalable to help prevent these patients from having to come see me in the first place.

Lastly, find what you love and go after it, it is the only path to happiness.



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