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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.

 

I hope you’ve had a great week!

This week I attended a medical conference in Dallas about obesity. Recently classified as a disease by the American Medical Association, obesity will afflict almost half the US population (45%) by 2030 (from the current rate of 35%). Part of the discussion at the conference was the two new drugs approved last year for obesity: Phentermine-topiramate (Qsymia) and Lorcaserin (Belviq). Still with all the medical advances, what underlies successful weight loss is simply a sensible, healthy diet.

So here is what I learned this week!

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Featured Photo: Team Hoyt
Courtesy of: SI.com
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Book I Read This Week: Changeology

I just finished reading Changeology by Dr. John Norcross. This book presents the case that based on robust clinical research, changing habits follows five steps that happen sequentially. Norcross states you must be cognizant of the step you are on as it relates to a certain change, and then employ specific strategies in order to advance to the next step. The steps are:

  1. Psych – I am thinking about it.
  2. Prep – I am intending to do it.
  3. Perspire – I am trying.
  4. Persevere – Need to stick to it.
  5. Persist – Protecting the gains made.

This book is 230 pages long. It has a slight academic bent and pedantic tone. If you can push through its jammed packed details, you will find a few hints to help you on your journey of growth and change. Here is where you can find it on Amazon.

 

Quotes That Impacted Me

Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

I do not think there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature. – John D. Rockefeller

Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish. – President John Quincy Adams

Man is a child of his environment. – Shinichi Suzuki

People’s mere desire to change does not predict success, but their level of commitment does. – John Norcross

 

Stories That Touched Me

Have you heard of Rick Hoyt and his father Dick?

Rick was born with anoxic injury to the brain, leaving him brain damaged. It was later discovered that he could communicate by pushing his head to press a computer button, and that is how he writes.

After a high school classmate was paralyzed in an accident and the school organized a charity run for him, Rick wanted to join in. His dad Dick ran while pushing Rick. Seeing that it brought so much joy to his son, they started joining marathons, including the Boston Marathon and several triathlons. [source: www.inspirationpeak.com]

You’ve got to watch this video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUQeUsqQuVc

Have a great week. Keep learning daily!

Your Friend,
Wes Saade MD Signature

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