Posted by on April 28, 2015 | 0 comments

10 Lessons to Beat the Fear of Failure

1. “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated.” – Maya Angelou Each failure is an opportunity to grow stronger, to refine your strategy and to learn from your mistakes. Take that opportunity and try again! 2. “Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.” – Salvador Dali Perfectionism is the biggest obstacle to success, yet so many of us allow it to hold us back. Perfection is an unattainable illusion. 3. “Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.” – Coco Chanel When you come up against an obstacle, reframe that apparent failure and ask – what can I do differently here? Often just asking a more empowering question can yield solutions to help you move on. 4. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill Often our darkest moments can feel eternal. But day always follows night; this too shall pass. P.S: The same goes for success, so remember...

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Posted by on April 15, 2015 | 0 comments

There Is No Secret

The self-help industry is a multi-billion dollar industry serving millions of people around the world. The phenomenal success of some its leading teachers has done a lot to raise awareness of the importance of personal development and empowerment. I’ve invested a considerable amount of time and money in this industry, and it has made a huge difference in my life. But, like so many people who are avid consumers of self-help material, when I first started on my personal development journey I was chasing a non-existent dream. I wanted an answer, a formula… I wanted to know the “secret” of success. However, I’ve read enough books, created ample vision boards and followed the movement of the planets for long enough to know this: there is no secret. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not saying that my enquiry has been in vain. On the contrary. I think I could only have arrived at this sense of knowing by going through the inner journey of exploration. I needed to be...

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Posted by on April 8, 2015 | 0 comments

Are You Resilient?

It’s taken a long time for me to come to terms with the premature demise of my medical career. I’ve done a lot of work to interrogate my story and to understand the factors that led to me finally hanging up my stethoscope. One of the questions that caused me great discomfort during my enquiry was: Was I resilient enough? The discomfort arose from me entertaining the possibility that if I wasn’t resilient enough to withstand the pressures of a medical career, then I must have been weak. I know now, of course, that it has nothing to do with being weak. Burnout among doctors is common, even in countries like the UK and USA where working conditions are far better than those in South Africa. Burnout is an occupational hazard of the profession, driven by the need to perform at peak levels for extended periods of time, with the enormous responsibility of having patients’ lives in your hands. The pressure to perform can lead to compassion fatigue, physical...

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Posted by on April 1, 2015 | 0 comments

What to Do With a Great Idea

We’ve all met them; some of us might even be them. The people with the great ideas. You listen attentively to them while they tell you their idea, and you think: that’s genius! Secretly you feel jealous that you didn’t have the bright idea yourself. You imagine that this fabulous idea could really change the way people do things, not to mention have a major impact on your bank balance. Some time passes and the next time you see your idea friend they enthrall you with the details of another idea. “What happened to the first idea?” you ask, perplexed. They respond with a blank expression, as if you imagined it all, and then quickly shake their head to dismiss your question. Meanwhile you are left wondering whether you are losing your mind after all. Or perhaps you were naive to think that their first idea was all that wonderful. But after a while, when you have sat through the elaboration of yet another genius idea, the penny drops:...

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