Passion for learning 

If you were given a choice between all expenses paid trip to Singapore for an academic conference  where you will give an oral presentation of your accepted paper or all-expenses paid trip to Zimbabwe for an intensive two week workshop/course to develop your skill in an area of interest, which one would you choose? My postdoc was faced with that choice recently…

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Everyone can be rich

A mentally challenged young man once asked Brian Tracy after he heard him say anybody could be successful if they just did certain things in a certain way. He said to Brian in a very loud voice, “Mister Tracy, Mister Tracy, can I be a success, too?” While Brian was thinking of a proper response to his unexpected question,…

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Redeeming love 

In her book Redeeming Love, Francine Rivers told the story of Angel who was sold into prostitution as a child. After going through a lot of horrible experiences while growing up, she met Michael Hosea who God told to marry her. Michael loved her unconditionally. Angel however was filled with an overwhelming feelings of unworthiness and fear.  And so, she…

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Be an outlier 

“Outlier” is a term used in statistics to explain data that lie outside normal parameters. In his book Gladwell studied people who are outliers i.e., highly successful individuals which he grouped into categories such as professional hockey players, successful professionals and billionaires. One of the key findings of Gladwell is that individual success is not an anomaly- it can…

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Flexible and yielded clay

In the Potter’s Hand, Gretchen Quie and Karen Matison Hess shared a story of a potter who had tried for years to make a perfect lid for a pot, one that was handsome, fit exactly, was easily held, and was not too heavy or too fragile. But she never quite achieved it. She agonized in her search for perfection….

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