Posted by on October 20, 2015 | 0 comments

The 10 Worst Dream Killers

Too much dreaming and not enough action. Listening to people who have no idea how to dream. Listening to people who have given up on their own dreams. Not backing yourself and your dream. You back your dream by declaring it. That’s how you’ll find people to help you make it come true. Perfectionism and waiting for the “right” dream. In fact, perfectionism kills just about everything. Avoid it like the plague. Irrational fear. Fear itself is normal; we all feel it from time to time, especially when we are nurturing big dreams. Irrational fears are disproportionate and paralysing. The only way to vanquish them is to take action in the direction of your dreams. Expecting to see the entire path to the realisation of your dreams. This is seldom the case. Just take the first step; work with what you’ve got. The next step will become obvious. Taking criticism personally. Not everyone is going to love or back your dream. Take the feedback and keep going. Underestimating how...

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Posted by on October 13, 2015 | 0 comments

Addicted to Doing

You know you’re addicted to doing if: The idea of taking a break terrifies you. You get irritable on holiday because you’re itching to get back to work. You feel incomplete without at least your cellphone and iPad on your person at all times. You think sleep is overrated. The achievement of one goal immediately signals the need for a new, even bigger goal. There is no question that we’ve got to be in action if we want to achieve our goals and make our dreams come true. However, in our quest to achieve we can easily become trapped in a perpetual cycle of doing. “What’s wrong with that? Surely if doing produces results, then more doing must produce even more results. Right?” Not so. Here are some wise words from the management guru, Peter Drucker: “Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action”. There is a definite place for not-doing. Here’s how to make the most of the essential down...

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Posted by on October 6, 2015 | 0 comments

10 Lessons Failure Taught Me

When I was in my twenties I thought I was invincible, that I could be anything, do anything, succeed at anything… all before lunchtime! But life has a funny way of bringing us back down to earth and shrinking our inflated egos back to size. For me it did this in the form of career failure. When I left clinical practice in 2004 I had failed to live up to all that I had expected of myself as a doctor, and to what the profession and the healthcare system expected of me. I had signed up to a particular way of life, vocation and set of professional values, and I failed to fulfill on that agreement when I decided that practicing medicine wasn’t for me. For a number of years after leaving medicine I felt the weight of that failure. But I have since learned that no failure is futile; each one holds valuable lessons, if we are willing to learn them. Here are the 10 lessons failure taught...

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