10 Life Lessons I Learned From Starting A Podcast

As a (soon to be graduating!!) medical student at a historically black college, I often came across African American professors and physicians with a wealth of knowledge, extraordinary experiences, and rich personal stories. These were people who faced enormous challenges, discouragement, and discrimination, yet still rose to the highest levels of their profession. What made…

The Guide to Strategic Procrastination

I have an assignment due, but I really don’t feel like doing it. I still have time. That’s okay. I work better under pressure. Besides, I am more creative if I have a deadline. How am I going to get this done in one night? Why do I always wait until the last minute? If…

Nature is More Creative than You

In a 2013 publication of the journal Science, researchers reported the discovery of functioning gears in an insect known as a “planthopper.” These gears are located in the hindlegs of the insect and consist of interlocking teeth that help the planthopper synchronize its movements. The gears rotate to allow the legs to move in concert…

Five Lessons from Seth Godin’s Book Linchpin

As legendary start up lore would have it, Richard Branson, the founder of the young empire, Virgin Records, was stuck at an airport in Puerto Rico in 1984. He was trying to get to the British Virgin Islands to meet his girlfriend. Frustrated by the situation, and perhaps his lack of control, Branson looked around…

Design Thinking for Healthcare

In the past twenty years, the term “design thinking” has entered mainstream and business lexicon to describe a methodology for generating innovative solutions. The renowned design firm, IDEO, popularized and marketed the idea as a cross-disciplinary tool to help individuals and organizations identify challenges and develop novel solutions. It has been used in a variety…