Welcome to My Office: The One Thing

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.

 

Welcome to my office!  I hope you’ve had a wonderful week!

This week I traveled to San Diego to attend the annual MGMA conference. This organization aims to train medical practice administrators. There were several well-known speakers there. I was privileged to meet author and speaker Sam Silverstein who spoke about his book No More Excuses.  I also heard author and speaker Sally Hogshead speak on her book Fascinate. She was gracious enough to sign a few books for me.

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So here is what I learned this week!

Books I Read This Week:
The One Thing by Gary Keller
The Prayer of Jabez by Bruce Wilkinson

The One Thing by Gary Keller

This is a book I highly recommend to you. It has a simple, yet powerful message. It is written by the co-founder and chairman of Keller-Williams, the pre-eminent US real estate company. I have a personal connection to this company because their leaders and team members are always represented at different leadership conferences  I participate in. Companies that invest in their people always excel. Keller-Williams is a shining example of that!

The message of this book is about choosing one thing – yes, literally one thing, the most important thing – and focusing on it until it is done. Then you will see immeasurable success.

I have read several books and have been exposed to different methods of prioritizing. Most of them encourage you to list and accomplish the most important things. This is the first time I’ve read to search and focus on only ONE thing.

The book is 226 pages, written with an easy-to-read style. You can find it here on Amazon.

The Prayer of Jabez by Bruce Wilkinson

If you are of a Christian faith, you have probably heard the prayer of Jabez.  But did you know that in the entire Bible, the following two verses are the only mention of him? In I Chronicles 4:9-10 you read…

Now Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, ‘Because I bore him in pain.’ And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, ‘Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain.’ So God granted him what he requested.

The author encourages Christians to pray this prayer daily. He challenges us to ask God to bless us and not be ashamed or feel selfish. He teaches that God wants to bless us, but is waiting for us to ask Him.

This book was a gift from Dr. Tomi Grover when she came to interview last week for the Compelled podcast. Thank you, Tomi!

It is a nice little book of 92 pages. I do recommend it. Here is the http://amzn.to/17ryT7O.

 

Quotes That Impacted Me

Worry is a misuse of imagination. –  Dan Zadra

There is nothing more truly artistic than to love people. – Vincent Van Gogh

Be like a postage stamp. Stick to one thing until you get there. – John Billings

Taking complete ownership of your outcomes by holding no one but yourself responsible for them is the most powerful thing you can do to drive your success.  – Gary Keller

Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there. – Will Rogers

People do not decide their futures. They decide their habits, and their habits decide their futures. – F. M. Alexander

 

Stories That Touched Me

Author:  Joanne C. Jones

During my second month of nursing school, our professor gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions, until I read the last one: “What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?” Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times. She was tall, dark-haired and in her 50’s, but how would I know her name? I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Before class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our quiz grade. “Absolutely,” said the professor. “In your careers you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say ‘Hello’.”I’ve never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her name was Dorothy.

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I hope you have a great weekend! Keep leading with integrity!

Your friend,

Wes Saade, M.D.
Aspire Founder

3 Comments
  • Misty Gilbert
    Posted at 15:04h, 26 October Reply

    Thank You for my copy of Fascinate! Kind of you to think of me…you know I absolutely LOVE to read!!!

    • Wes Saade
      Posted at 07:38h, 01 November Reply

      You are very welcome Misty!!!!!

  • Russ James
    Posted at 10:19h, 09 November Reply

    I don’t know what the parameters are for writing, whether it is a response to something I’ve read from this website or something I want to share. If I need direction to follow what you have in place let me know where I can find how to get up to speed. For now, here goes! I’m a grateful patient of you Wes and your brother Dr. R’s and I’m thankful that you have been to help so many people, this venture being something I am truly excited about. My wife Karen and I have had the pleasure of spending some extremely beautiful time with your precious mother and her husband Jack. Our day was blessed and we ended the day with lunch and a boat ride on Lake Granbury. I’ve been listening, asking, responding, reacting, and ultimately writing for more than 50 years because I care and have been able to make a difference in the lives of some precious people. People who do what they do, in spite of the pain in might cause themselves and others, because that’s simply what they know and it keeps them safe from more than they think they can handle. I think about what I’m doing at the time to minimize accidents, but I am continually thinking of what I can say or do to help someone else’s journey be less painful and more acceptable by the people we all have by our sides. This effort I am intending to explain will hopefully have it’s place on your website. I am asking you for a chance to be helpful, so I can learn from you and your contributors, and so I can be more helpful than I now am. I have been told I should try to get out what I have in my heart and that’s my purpose. My experience is that most of us want to be more than we are today but simply don’t know how to go about it.

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