Welcome to My Office: What I Am Learning
I spend several hours each week in my home office to think, read, and write. In addition to the weekly leadership blog post and podcast, I would like to connect with you on a more personal level to share books, stories, quotes, and principles that have recently impacted me. I hope it will encourage you on your journey of growth and discovery.
-Wes Saade, M.D.
Within the last week I did several “firsts.” I attended my cousin’s groom-to-be’s bachelor party. One of the activities was shooting skeets. This was the first time I ever shot a firearm, and my right shoulder is still sore! I also helped with Project Connect Texas at the Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth, a great organization that helps families of sick children. I also interviewed author, speaker, and executive coach Chuck Inman. This interview will be posted later this week on the Aspire podcast. I know you will enjoy it!
So here is what I am learning…
Book I Read This Week:
The 20 Minute Break, by Ernest Rossi
I highly recommend The 20 Minute Break if you have an interest in exploring methods to increase your energy and manage your emotions. This fascinating book describes Ultradian Rhythms. It reveals that our bodies go through 90 to 120 minute energy cycles. At the end of each cycle we feel certain symptoms like needing to stretch, move about, take a break, yawn, sigh, where the body feels tense and fatigued, and we have pangs of hunger, need to urinate, or feel emotional. The author points out that we need to be aware of these times, and that we should stop for a few minutes (up to 20 minutes) to rest – make time to close our eyes, disengage, and let our mind and body do some healing.
As I read through this book, I tried to be aware of these cycles. I noticed that I get a slump more or less around 10 am, about 1 pm, and about 4:30pm. When I could, I rested and found that I had more energy during the day.
Here’s the Amazon link if you would like to read more about it: The 20 Minute Break
Quotes That Impacted Me
Devote today to something so daring, even you can’t believe you’re doing it. – Oprah Winfrey
A book holds a house of gold. – Chinese proverb.
90% of Nobel Laureates say that they have a hobby, and most of their breakthroughs happened during those times. – Kevin Carroll
Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are. – Chinese Proverb
There is more to life than increasing its speed. – Mohandas K. Gandhi
Stories That Touched Me
Here is a nice story I read about the importance of helping others…
A few years ago at the Seattle Special Olympics, nine contestants, all physically or mentally disabled, assembled at the starting line for the 100 yard dash. At the gun, they all started out, not exactly in a dash, but with a relish to run the race to the finish and win. All, that is, except one boy who stumbled on the asphalt, tumbled over a couple of times and began to cry. The other eight heard the boy. They slowed down and looked back. They all turned around and went back. Every one of them. One girl with Down’s Syndrome bent down and kissed him and said,”This will make it better.” All nine linked arms and walked across the finish line together. Everyone in the stadium stood, and the cheering went on for several minutes. People who were there are still telling the story. Why? Because deep down we know one thing. What matters most in this life is more than winning for ourselves. What truly matters in this life is helping others win, even if it means slowing down and changing our course. (Source: Story For The Soul)
So welcome to my office for the first time! I invite you to share your leadership journey with me as well in the comments section below or by leaving me a voicemail with the tool on the right side of the Aspire website. I look forward to connecting with you!
I hope you enjoy the rest of your week!