March 15, 2021

Shooting azimuths is a critical skill required for accurate land navigation in foreign territory. The steps involved are simple:
  • Ascend to the tallest nearby point with a compass in hand.
  • Select a landmark in the distance.
  • Recalibrate your route toward that landmark.
An azimuth in life could be a goal or project. "Shooting Azimuths" allows us to recalibrate the route towards our goals. But, how do we shoot an azimuth in life?

March 1, 2021

When I first met Eric, I liked him immediately. I remember thinking: “Here’s a guy who has it all figured out.” At 33 years old, he rapidly ascended the academic ranks and was already applying for a residency program director position at my home shop. He had many publications, national lectures, and blog-posts to his credit. I was five years older and just starting my academic career with little to show thus far. There seems to be an “Eric” at every job. We all know these highly motivated individuals. They are on the fast track to success while we chug along, seemingly in slow motion. They are running blogs, producing podcasts, cranking out publication after publication, and speaking at national and international conferences. Let’s not forget, they also run 5 miles before the rest of us get out of bed! They never seem stressed, they have limitless bandwidth, and they are always eager to help. While we have many projects circling in our heads, we cannot seem to make any progress to move them forward. We have to ask ourselves: “What are they doing that we are not doing?”

February 4, 2021

What do Warren Buffet, Tim Cook, Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, and Jack Dorsey have in common? They are all highly successful people with a penchant for rising early. Two additional people I find incredibly motivating, Jocko Willink and Eric Thomas, are also early risers. Jocko infamously posts inspirational photos of his wristwatch to social media at 3:30 AM.

January 25, 2021

res·o·lute /ˈrezəˌl(y)o͞ot/ adjective: resolute
  1. admirably purposeful, determined, and unwavering.

How do you find the time? How do you find the time to write that post? Or run the blog? Or prepare a lecture? How do you manage your professional and personal life? I try to squeeze as much as I can out of what little time I have. What works for me will not work for some, and what works for some will not work for me. The past is gone, so say goodbye to 2020. Use these tools to attack 2021 and be resolute.

January 4, 2021

"We continually find more ways to use our time while trying to find more ways to save it. You see, you can't actually save time. You can find just different ways to spend it. So when you say you don't have time to do something, you're really saying that you're using your time for other things." — Unknown Author Since medical school, I often wished there were one or two extra hours in the day that only I was aware of. The strain of balancing school, family, friends, and hobbies was challenging and barely manageable. That strain increased exponentially when my family grew, and my professional desires and responsibilities grew as well.