Note #59: Why definitions matter
Success is a double edged blade (and how you hold it makes all the difference)
Publishing this on Saturday for the second week in a row. It’s a crazy time for me recently, and while I’m committed to publishing weekly, I am having to shift a lot of things around. I’m prepping for the second of my three exams and that’s entailed discussions (three hours every night except Saturday) with a group of friends I’m prepping with making time to write regularly is quite the challenge.
In the city centre where I live, there’s a little street fountain. I took this photo of it this week: I use the burst mode, because it allows super short exposures that allow you to capture moments like this.
Defining success (essay)
This week, I wrote about how I’ve learned to redefine success in the course of my work, and why I think that’s been helpful in general.
Here’s an excerpt:
How successful you feel is often more about how you define success than it's about what you've achieved.
I learned that early on in my medical career. Like most medical students, I saw medicine in terms of the ability to work out a cure for whatever ailed people. I still see that in the medical students I get to teach on their psychiatry posting, both back in Nigeria and here in the UK. In fact, those among them who are less keen on psychiatry as a possible specialty often give their reason as the perception that people with mental illness don’t get better.
It’s a deeply mistaken perception, of course…
You can read the rest of the essay here: https://docayomide.com/success
Strong women (quote)
I had this resurfaced by my Readwise this week—and if it ain’t the truth.
Holding knives (Yoruba proverb)
Speaking of how we define success, I leave you with a related proverb about how we handle knives:
Whether a knife injures you depends very much on how you hold it.
Success, too, is double-edged.