Posted by on March 25, 2014 | 1 comment

Begin With A Single Step

I had breakfast with a good friend of mine the other day, and as we were catching up she told me about the various business ideas she’s been toying with. They all sounded credible, some even downright exciting. Yet by her own admission she was scared to give any of them a real go. “I’m stuck in my comfort zone,” she told me. I think this is a position that many women find themselves in – they have big dreams and really juicy ideas, but the risks associated with stepping out seem far too great. It is easier to stay stuck, waiting for the day when they will feel “ready”. Here’s the thing: the comfort zone is usually not very comfortable at all. It doesn’t feel good to know that where you’re at is not where you want to be, or to feel that you aren’t making the most of your potential. I think it’s a fundamental human drive to want to fulfil our life’s purpose, and it is...

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Posted by on March 18, 2014 | 0 comments

From Dream to Reality

When I was conducting interviews for my upcoming memoir – Postmortem: The Doctor Who Walked Away – I was struck by how many doctors said they went into medicine because they didn’t know what else was available. Medicine was the one of the handful of career choices for those students who did well academically;  others were law and finance. Fast forward twenty years and a lot of conversations I’m hearing these days have also got to do with career choices, as more and more people are considering career changes and new directions. But it seems now the challenge is on the opposite end of the spectrum – people are overwhelmed with too many choices! Shall I start this business or that? Make money selling products online? Or maybe I’ll go into landscaping, cake decorating or environmental consulting? The world has opened up so much that there are now infinite possibilities for people to choose from. It can be very tempting to stay in that cloud of infinite possibilities. It’s...

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Posted by on March 12, 2014 | 4 comments

Growing Pains

Growing Pains

Let’s face it – growth is uncomfortable. It’s often easier to stay where we are in life, even if we don’t like that place very much. We resist making the changes that are going to move us forward. But growing pains are inevitable. Change involves breaking down established beliefs and behaviours and creating the kind of mindset and practices that will impact our lives for the better. It’s often the breaking down part that feels most uncomfortable and oh so confronting. But it’s got to be done if we truly want to realise our potential. I’ve recently started on the online marketing superstar, Marie Forleo’s highly acclaimed program, B-School. I have to admit I’m finding it challenging. There’s even a part of me that thinks – why am I doing this? I’m a good writer and I’ve got a great book coming out in a few weeks. That’s enough, right? Er…yes and no. I have the utmost confidence in the quality of my writing. I know that people will...

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Posted by on March 4, 2014 | 3 comments

Star Handicap

Star Handicap

My three year old daughter came home from playschool today with a big gold star prominently displayed on her t-shirt. “It’s because I was clever, mommy,” she told me, clearly chuffed with herself. Seeing the pride on her face I was reminded of my own school days when getting a gold star was such a big deal. I’m not sure I agree with that system, to be honest. While part of me feels it’s important to acknowledge children when they perform tasks well, I also think that praise can become the goal itself, which is really not what education is about. When I was growing up the star system was based on a particular set of criteria, and I imagine little has changed since then. You were rewarded for being “good”, obedient, playing by the rules and following instructions. Furthermore our progress was charted against that of our peers, and we all strived to outshine each other. I think this system is flawed in many respects: It’s prescriptive. It...

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