Divided Knowledge

Super specialisation in the last few decades has become commonplace. In the hospital we now have surgeons who can only operate on hands for example. Other doctors often joke that some of these surgeons only operate on the left hand and not the right. But even the doctors who don't consider themselves super-specialised are nowadays.… Continue reading Divided Knowledge

How To Measure Your Life

It is unusual how when you insist on measuring something, you often end up measuring what actually doesn't matter.  Often the thing you end up measuring is a distant relative of something meaningful. Modern medicine is pretty incredible.  We can stick a tube down your air pipe and artificially ventilate you, we can keep your… Continue reading How To Measure Your Life

Sometimes To Make A Difference You Just Need To Ask “Are You OK?”

A friend once told me a story about a flight she was on. She works as part of the cabin crew for an airline. There was a guy she saw on the plane who was acting strange. Sweating, slightly pale, looking blankly into the seat in front of him. It didn't seem that he was… Continue reading Sometimes To Make A Difference You Just Need To Ask “Are You OK?”

It All Starts With An Idea

Two fish swam past one another. One turns to the other and says: "The water's nice today isn't it?" After a few minutes the second fish thought to himself: "What's water???" Ideas are valuable. Ideas are the birthplace of innovation, entrepreneurship and value creation. The problem in today's world is that many ideas go unquestioned… Continue reading It All Starts With An Idea

It’s All Good

Learn to say "good"no matter what and I guarantee your life will improve. Your diet isn't going as well as you hoped. Good, it means you can lift heavier weights for longer. The development of your app is going slower than you thought. Good, it means you have longer to get it just right. You… Continue reading It’s All Good

Things Your Doctor Can’t Do…

Maybe one day I'll hang this list in the waiting room of my clinic: I can't cure your cold  I can't give you antibiotics for your cold I can't give you antibiotics for your flu I can't give you antibiotics for your diarrhoea of two days  I can't give you antibiotics for sinus congestion I… Continue reading Things Your Doctor Can’t Do…

Second Order Discovery

Introduction Second order thinking is hard.  It's not a natural way of thinking. First order thinking refers to the most simplistic method of analysis.  You can think of it as a form of thinking that most people engage in.  As most people have the same thoughts, which are automatic and go without any questioning, they… Continue reading Second Order Discovery

What Is Your Mind Worth?

That photo above used to be one of the most valuable commodities in the world. Land. Most people used to work in agriculture; growing and harvesting crops.  This type of physical labor was the main source of employment less than a hundred years ago. Soon after World War II, things began to change.  Quite suddenly… Continue reading What Is Your Mind Worth?

Keep Writing

Over time I've found that writing thoughts down really allows you to flesh things out and follow things through to their logical conclusion. I suppose this blog itself is a form of catharsis and mental experimentation.  It can sometimes be upsetting looking back at blog posts and realising that certain topics have been touched upon… Continue reading Keep Writing