It’s time for a flashback into 2015. Once again I’ve been lucky enough to Interview some incredible individuals. A big “THANK YOU” to my interviewees and readers. These interviews gave me a kaleidoscope of perspectives and practical advice on life & work…among other things! Check out 2014’s Flashback.
Below are some memorable quotes. The links will take you to the respective complete interview.
I came across the concept of “Surpetition” by Edward De Bono. The premise is that one doesn’t attempt to compete with others, but focuses on being better than oneself, while still being aware of what your competitors are doing. This has since become not only my philosophy in business, but in life.
Failure needs to be embraced in an organization as a great learning opportunity. Do something! Act! It is too easy to be paralyzed by analysis. If something feels right and the potential downside is not fatal then go for it and learn from the experience.
The rise of high-speed internet, mobile devices, and WiFi has brought the possibilities of “anytime, anywhere learning” to almost everyone and gives instructors the opportunity to use video to create and share more engaging learning materials and provide synchronous, real-time learning and interaction.
We know nothing… or at least very little. There are so many beliefs and concepts out there that people cling to so strongly. They dig their heels in, defending certain concepts as if they were solid ground. There are a multitude of different camps in our profession and so many explanations for the same occurrence or outcome that are so different. And when we dare to venture outside of our profession, we are challenged with entirely new sets of justifications and approaches to the same concept that are again so different.
I continually make discoveries – new paradigms, new insights – that I think are going to revolutionise my practice, and they do…but the longer that goes on the more in awe I am of some of the experts in these innovative fields, especially in functional medicine, and I choose to consolidate my role as more of an “integrator” of fields than a top expert in any of them – and I would see this as my particular strength.
So many studies that do get published have such narrow inclusion criteria that it’s quite difficult to apply the results to any of my patients (my folks have lots of comorbidities and biopsychosoical issues). So, it can be incredibly frustrating to create a study that tries to capture typical clinical populations. I think this is why so many studies that were once considered gold standards now can’t be reproduced – that fascinating variable called “the human being” is awfully tough to control.
Know what you are good at and what you are not good at. If something is not in your wheelhouse and/or you do not enjoy some part of the your business then outsource it! I did not do this enough in the beginning and I regret that. Even if it means spending more money (which it most certainly will) it frees you up to concentrate on the things you are good at and this will only strengthen your business.
Take money, sex, and power out of your decisions and you will never make a bad one.
Slow down to listen and learn. I was at times in a hurry when I was younger and didn’t take the time to observe, learn, and listen to some experienced leaders in the profession and public policy. Looking back the time spent talking with friends, listening to leaders, and learning by observing how one approached an issue, carried themselves and developed their thoughts was never wasted. Those opportunities always centered me and prepared me to be more aware, more knowledgeable and more engaged but I didn’t always seek them or appreciate them at the time.
Take pride in the work you do and do not be swayed by what you believe others may think of you. It is easy to get hung up with the societal pressures of acceptance, not wanting to stand out, or even compliance. Life is too short to not take full advantage of everything it has to offer. Work hard and have fun….
Thanks for another memorable year!