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He is director of The Wilmer Eye Institute, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, and chief medical editor of Ophthalmology Times.
Use these tips from the self-help pros!
The “self-help” industry in the United States offers its services to people who wish to improve themselves or some aspects of their lives. Americans spend an estimated $10 billion annually on books and seminars offered by the gurus in this field. Fortunately, for us ophthalmologists, the incredibly helpful issue of Ophthalmology Times that arrives in our mailbox or e-mail every two weeks is completely free. One alert Ophthalmology Times reader recently shared with me a podcast addressing “The Top Habits of Highly Successful People.”
The speakers are not physicians and have an emphasis on financial success; they summarize the findings of some famous self-help authors and speakers. I thought many of the points made are relevant to ophthalmologists. Some examples include that golf-pro Tiger Woods always wears red shirts on Sundays whereas a baseball player wears the same unwashed lucky T-shirt every day for a week. (Editor’s note: Cool as this may seem, I am not prepared to endorse this second habit for my fellow ophthalmologists looking to grow their practices.)
Try these habits out for size
Other habits that I do commend for your consideration include:
Okay, none of these so-called gurus mentioned that last one, so I added it. But I do think that most of the ophthalmologists I admire check off many-if not most-of the above boxes.
Peter J. McDonnell, MD
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Dr. McDonnell is the director of the Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, and chief medical editor of Ophthalmology Times.