Posted by on February 25, 2016 | 0 comments

The Best Training Ground for Success

I love a success story. There’s something very alluring about reading or hearing about a person who has been through tough times and has not only lived to tell the tale, but also grown and thrived from the experience. These stories inspire me in my own life; they keep me going and challenge me to be the best that I can be. But I also love a human story. One in which the hero isn’t perfect; where she struggles with self-doubt and the fear of not being enough; and one in which she wonders whether she’ll ever truly “make it”. I suspect all success stories have a heavy dose of the human element in them – the failures, disappointments, challenges and inner demons. In fact, I believe our human failings are the training ground for our successes. Failure gets a bad rap in our society because we are conditioned to believe that we must always be winning. Nobody wants to be a loser, right? But I think that our...

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Posted by on February 18, 2016 | 0 comments

Do You Keep Your Promises?

One of my goals for this year is to share my message with as many people as I can. I really feel very strongly that as human beings we have the potential to be the best version of ourselves, and I’m committed to sharing my story – both the struggles and the successes – to guide and inspire others. I made a promise to myself at the beginning of the year to share my story on a daily basis, either through blogging, social media, my weekly newsletter, speaking engagements or through one-on-one conversations with people. I’ll be honest – it’s not easy! There are days when the message in my head simply refuses to translate into coherent sentences on the page. Other times I start, cross out, start again, and end up going through four or five topics, none of which seems quite right. But guess what? I do it. Every day, in some form. For me it’s about: Integrity: keeping my promises, especially the ones I make to...

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Posted by on February 16, 2016 | 0 comments

Are You Going Through Hell?

Winston Churchill famously said: “If you are going through hell, keep going.” We all go through our moments of hell: Business failures or job losses. Relationship disappointments and betrayals. Illness or the loss of loved ones. When we are going through these tough times it can be difficult to even consider that we’ll recover from them. I remember the really challenging periods in my own life where I felt as if I had hit rock bottom: When my brother – my only sibling – died tragically when I was 14 years old. Leaving medical practice. Being a doctor had been my childhood dream. The years after leaving medicine when I had to start from scratch to rebuild my professional life. Challenges I’ve faced in my relationship. Financial difficulties. Sometimes it feels as if life is a series of challenges, interspersed with brief periods of happiness. Of course, that isn’t the case. It’s more like a marathon: it’s tough, it demands a lot of us, and there are many times...

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Posted by on February 12, 2016 | 0 comments

How to be Extraordinary in 5 Simple Steps

Notice I didn’t say “in 5 easy steps.” Because it’s not easy. Being extraordinary requires much more from us than we are used to giving. Be yourself. We hear this so often that it’s lost its meaning. The problem is we live in a world that’s geared towards us not being ourselves. Fashion, trends, models, systems – they all steer us away from being ourselves and towards conformity and herd mentality. Being ourselves is something we must consciously and courageously cultivate. Let go of what doesn’t serve you. Letting go sounds so easy, doesn’t it? “Just let it go; release it.” The challenge, however, is that we are often so invested in being angry, resentful or feeling aggrieved that the prospect of letting go feels impossible. Yet holding on robs us of the essential vitality which resides in all of us. Be grateful. No matter what’s going on in your life, the fact that you are here to experience it is a gift. Believe in yourself. Believing in ourselves...

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Posted by on February 9, 2016 | 0 comments

What Self-Confidence Looks Like

In 1992 Venus and Serena Williams were interviewed by a reporter from Trans World Sport. At the time the two sisters were 12 and 11 years old, respectively, and they were already starting to make waves in the junior tennis world. Here’s what Serena said when she was asked which tennis player she would most like to be like: “I’d like other people to be like me.” Seriously?! At 11 years old? Is that prophetic or what? It’s not prophetic at all. Just a sign of supreme self-confidence. It’s not surprising, then, that she’s grown up to be such a formidable tennis player. The Williams sisters are complete superstars, but there’s clearly another star in this family – their visionary father who believed in their abilities and supported them every step of the way. A true...

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