Kevin Kelly, former editor of Wired and the writer who popularized the 1000 true fans idea, decided to give 68 bits of unsolicited advice on his sixty-eighth birthday. It’s an excellent quick collection, but here are a few great ones that apply especially well to medical training:
Being enthusiastic is worth 25 IQ points.
Promptness is a sign of respect.
To make mistakes is human. To own your mistakes is divine. Nothing elevates a person higher than quickly admitting and taking personal responsibility for the mistakes you make and then fixing them fairly. If you mess up, fess up. It’s astounding how powerful this ownership is.
And one particularly timely one:
When crisis and disaster strike, don’t waste them. No problems, no progress.