When creating a new product or service it's tempting to set out to please the masses. But most of the time this is just a form of hiding. It takes much more guts to make something to please a specific person or a specific group of people you care about. If you go to a… Continue reading The Anonymous Masses
Nobody wants to be a creative when they're young. They'd rather fit in. Everybody wants to be a creative when they're older. They want to have the courage to excel. I fear that for most, it's already too late.
Anything worth doing requires hard work. You know this. So why is it that people tend to throw in the towel when things just start to get tough? You knew it was going to be hard, because the work you're doing is important and needed. There's a much better time to decide to quit something:… Continue reading When To Quit (I Wish I Could Tell My Younger Self This…)
Candles get extinguished by the wind. Fires get bigger because of the wind. Be like the fire, not the candle.
Few people realise that most medicinal breakthroughs were the result of complete luck and serendipity. Only about two HIV medications are the result of huge financial investments and research. Everything else, from antibiotics to chemotherapy treatments are a result of luck. After we discovered these drugs, we then figured out the science behind the medications… Continue reading Playing At The Edge
A few years ago the Ministry of Defence in the UK ordered a new radio system. This system was going to be used by services such as the army, navy and air force. All the specialists met up to debate what was required of the new system. Everyone put their opinions forward in heated debates… Continue reading “But It Meets Spec”
You can consider optimism and pessimism as two different types of biases. "Optimists" supposedly see the world in a way where things are better than they actually are. "Pessimists" supposedly see the world in a way where things are worse than they actually are. "Realists" are meant to be the people who see the world… Continue reading We’re All Biased
Every doctor had a bright future, in their past. The trick is to not let the future catch up with you.
Imagine you're trying to compete with Coca-Cola by creating a new soft drink. A room full of business types would probably get together and say that you need to develop a drink that you can drink a lot of, tastes better and is cheaper. But funnily enough Red Bull came along and made tiny cans,… Continue reading Always Aim To Beat The Competition Without Competing
In artificial exams there is only one way to succeed and one way to fail. You succeed by giving the pre-determined correct answer and you fail by not being able to give enough of these answers. If you fail, all you have to do in artificial exams is learn more of the correct answers and… Continue reading Failure Is Overrated