• Looking at clutter as something that gets in the way of our goals and personal vision

    Thoughts on Possessions: How to Deal with Clutter

    Clutter: What do we really need? Looking at the New Year just a few days away, I think to myself: what possessions do I really need? How can I reduce the clutter? What should I do with things I don’t use? The new year is a great time to create motivation for change. One of the things I want to change in 2018 is to remove distractions. With that in mind, I thought to myself: if I removed one material possession, each week, would I notice a difference? Maybe. There are many ways to decrease the number of things I don’t need. I can sell them online, donate them to…

  • Patience to manage life's hurdles

    How to Have More Patience in the Face of Failure

    Patience in the age of instant gratification Since failing out of Pharmacy School I’ve had to have patience in the recovery process. For me, patience is a combination of persistence and discipline. With these two attributes, I’m hoping I can execute my vision. In an age of instant gratification for a lot of meaningless actions, I find it hard to have patience. So one of my goals is to work on having more patience. The strongest of all warriors are these two — Time and Patience.― Leo Tolstoy Aspects that can influence patience  Have patience with yourself I am my own worst critic and I often get frustrated when things are…

  • Potential for Passion
    Life Lessons

    Passion – Why Following it is Bad Advice

    Following your passion That seems to be great advice until you think about it. What if I don’t have a passion? What if my passion is basketball and I’m horrible.  No matter how much training, it’ll never happen. This happens more often than not. I’ve been searching for my passion after failing out of Pharmacy School.  I’m not sure what it is yet but I know what it’s not. What is passion? How do we know if we have a passion for something? Is it a sense of excitement when performing an action? Is it a sense for an idea of something? I think the excitement of an action or…

  • Priorities

    A Brief Thought on Priorities

    Think not so much of what you lack as what you have: but of the things that you have, select the best, and then reflect how eagerly you would have sought them if you did not have them. – Marcus Aurelius, Meditations A mental stretch from the daily grind Sometimes it’s good to take a moment out of our busy lives to see how things are going. To do a mental stretch to see what’s happening.  During this time, we should be taking time to look at our daily lives and see what we are spending time on: cleaning email inbox, daily mindless actions, “autopilot” through the day (I’m guilty…

  • Pharmacy
    Life Lessons

    How to Deal with Failure: Life After Failing Pharmacy School

    All of old. Nothing else ever. Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better. ― Samuel Beckett, Worstward Ho Right but for the wrong reasons Looking at the envelope addressed from the School of Pharmacy, I knew at that moment my life would never be the same.  I was right but for the wrong reasons.  Thing’s in my life aren’t fundamentally different, but my perspective on things are different, in a good way. Establishing new goals Exploring how I use my time and what actions should get my time, I’m working on getting my life organized again. I am also looking at things I think I should have…

  • Fear Scrabble Blocks
    Life Lessons

    Thoughts on Fear in the Face of Failure

    Shapes of Fear Fear takes many forms: loss of things, loss of acceptance, and loss of feelings.  My focus for this post is the fear of action. The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time. ― Mark Twain Fear can be a trap if I let it. Consequently, I fell into this trap after failing Pharmacy School.  I didn’t want to put myself out there because I was afraid of failing again. It can prevent me from growing or trying new things. Fear can hold me back from contributing to other people and opportunities. As a result,…