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Essentialism summary and review

I recently read essentialism which is a book about ‘the disciplined pursuit of less’. The book was written by Greg McKeown CEO and founder of THIS, inc in Silicon Valley. He has achieved quite a lot and he thanks most of it to essentialism.

What’s this book about and what’s essentialism?
The book talks about how people are often doing unproductive things and saying yes to every opportunity in their life instead of focussing on one task. By putting their effort into just one task they’ll end up having one decent task, instead of multiple unfinished tasks.

The book describes a difference between the essentialist and the non-essentialist. The non-essentialist believes that he/she is able to do everything at once. In our society it’s often expected of people that they are non-essentialists and are able to do everything at once. In reality (and according to the author) doing this leads to a whole bunch of nothing. You can’t have it all or do it all.

To be an essentialist, you have to make sacrifices and even say no when you don’t have many alternatives. You have to focus on one thing before moving on to the next and you have to make a clear difference between what’s really important and what’s not.

My opinion on the book
I read this book after ‘the subtle art of not giving a fuck’ and ‘mindset’ and it was a great read. It was quite a short book which was pleasantly surprising and like most of these types of books it was an easy read.
I liked how the term essentialism was introduced and then elaborated. There were many examples that showed the life of different essentialists often in the corporate life. The only thing I personally didn’t like was that a lot of the examples given, were about people working in or running a company. Nevertheless all rules of essentialism can be applied to anyones life.

I would advise this book to people who are doing it all, but aren’t finishing much. It’s probably the shortest book I’ve read and reviewed and I promise that you won’t lose much time reading it. You will gain knowledge on ways to spend your time better and you’ll hopefully learn to differentiate important matters from less important matters.

Let me know in the comment section which books you’ve read and would recommend. I hope you enjoyed this post!

Lots of love
-A doctor in spe

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Mindset – Caroline Dweck

While I was on vacation I read the book ‘mindset’ which is a book that will ‘learn you to achieve your full potential’. The book was written by Carol Dweck who is a psychology professor at Stanford. She was interested in knowing why some people are ready for challenges whereas others shy away from them and she has written all about her findings in this book.

Summary (Spoiler)
The autor talks divides people into two categories and describes the difference between both groups. The first group of people are the ones who give up when things get difficult, they have a fixed mindset. The second group consists of people who thrive during difficulties, they have a growth mindset.

People with the fixed mindset count on numbers a little too much and if something isn’t feasible they give up out of fear of being called dumb. They fear that one setback will make them dumb and if they’re dumb well then there’s nothing to do about it.
People with a growth mindset are the opposite. They see most things in life as an opportunity to grow. If they have a setback, they see it as an opportunity to learn and do better next time. They know that one setback will not make them dumb as a person. Below there’s a picture containing all the information you need on both mindsets.

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This sounds logical, a human is constantly changing but I can tell you that when I was told at the age of 12, 13, 14 and 15 that boys were better at math and there was nothing to do about it, I honestly believed it. This topic is also touched in the book as there are teachers who have a fixed mindset and teachers who have a growth mindset. A teachers’ mindset partly determines the students mindset.

Don’t fear because there is definitely a way to change your mindset. The first thing you need to do is to think about your own mindset. Think about what mindset you have and try to change it little by little.
Start thinking about work and school as challenges. You win sometimes and you lose sometimes but whether you win or lose, there is always room for improvement. Reflect on what happened, try to see what went wrong or good and use that knowledge for future challenges.

Opinion on the book
I absolutely loved this book mainly because it was actually quite interesting. There were a lot of examples given. How your mindset influences your entire life varying from mindset in sports, at school and even at applied to leadership qualities. I learned that mindset is determined mainly by your upbringing – parents, teachers and other people around you. And I learned how to change the mindset you have by changing the way you see obstacles in your life.
This book is a great read for any college student but I would strongly advise it for newly starting college students.

I hope you enjoyed this book review/summary. Let me know what you think of this book and if you’re going to read it.

Lots of love
-A doctor in spe

Changing my study method

The new school year has begun for some of you and I wanted to update you on my new study method since it might help you! I’ve switched it up quite a lot and I’ve finally found a good way to make sure that I know my courses better. Since courses in med school are quite voluminous having a good study technique really makes a difference. I make sure that during class I write down what’s important. I follow the slides that are projected on a big screen and make sure that I listen to what the professor says. That way I can understand the most important concepts in our books.

The studying process is something that’s often pushed back to the weekend. Before studying I read my notes and then start. Everything in these courses is valuable information and needs to be known. There is no such thing as more important/less important (unfortunately 😦 )! Instead of just using one study method I now use a combination of different techniques. This helps me to make a difference in concepts I fully and concepts that need more time.

First method: there are parts of my books that I read multiple times and make sure that I understand what I’m reading. This doesn’t take a lot of time and I do this multiple times per day or even per week to make sure that I still know what the course is all about.

The second method that I like, is making question sheets on a part of my course. I make these sheets for parts of my course that I have trouble memorizing and I’ve noticed that this technique forces me to really actively read and my notes. I only do this for several parts of my courses because writing questions down takes up time.

Last but not least the third technique I use is making resumes of my printed notes. I personally don’t advise going for this technique in med school. I feel like while making these I’m not actively thinking about the subject I’m studying. Making resumes doesn’t only take a lot of time it makes you have less time to revise and consolidate the information – this technique didn’t work as well for me as the other two techniques but I do like to make these before going into my classes.

The key to these techniques is not about the time you put in making them. It’s about actively making them and thinking about everything that’s important. Active studying is more efficient and will help you memorize everything faster.

I hope you enjoyed this article! Let me know what study technique you prefer in the comment section down below!

Lots of love
-A doctor in spe

Lokai bracelets

The lokai bracelets have been around for quite a long time now and I’ve decided to write a blogpost dedicated to the many goals they support by selling their bracelets. For those of you who’ve never heard of Lokai bracelets here is some background information. Lokai bracelets are rubber bracelets with two special beads. One bead contains water from the highest point (Mount Everest) and one bead contains earth from the lowest point (The Dead Sea). It’s to remind you to stay humble when you’re high and hopeful when you’ve hit a low.
The thing that makes Lokai bracelets stand out is that a big part of the money they make goes to charities. Over the past few years there were a lot of charities that they’ve supported and keep supporting. To name a few.

  1. Make a wish
  2. Red
  3. Alzheimer’s association
  4. Charity water
  5. BCRF
  6. Oceana
  7. WWF

At this moment they are selling black and white bracelet pack and if you happen to buy a black and white Lokai you’ll be able to choose which charity they donate that part of the money to. You can choose between the following options.

  1. The nature conservancy
  2. The women’s alzheimer movement
  3. American heart association
  4. National pediatric cancer foundation
  5. ASPCA
  6. Autism speaks

They are also selling ‘wear your world’ bracelets ‘to support the International Rescue Committee’s work helping refugees whose lives and countries have been shattered by conflict and disaster’. They will donate one dollar per bracelet and a minimum of 150 000$.

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Hope you enjoyed this article. You can check out the Lokai site here and order a bracelet for 18$! I know I’m getting one soon! Let me know in the comment what you think of these bracelets.

Lots of love
– A doctor in spe

Motivational quotes

The last motivational video I put on this blog seemed to be a succes! So I decided to make another one only this time I’ll be giving you my favorite medical/inspirational/motivational quotes. I’ve listed a few that inspired me 🙂 .

  • Skill is achieved through practice. Work hard and dedicate yourself to being better every single day. – Will Smith
  • She was unstoppable, not because she not have failures or doubt but because she continued on despite them. -B. Taplin
  • You are capable of more than you know. Choose a goal that seems right for you and strive to be the best, however hard the path. Behave honorably. Prepare to be alone at times and to endure failure. Persist! The world needs all you can give. – E.O. Wilson
  • Medicine is only for those who can’t imagine doing anything else. -L. Grazette
  • I’ve got a dream and it’s worth more than my sleep.

 

I hope you enjoyed these quotes. Whenever I’m feeling a little down these lift me back up. Somehow they make me smile and help me focus on my goals. Leave your favorite quotes in the comments down below! I’d love to read them :).

Lots of love
– A doctor in spe

Motivational video

There was a video I really wanted to share with you. As you might know I find Will Smith one of the most motivational people on the world. I’ve found a compilation of some of his quotes on talent, skill and the influence of dedication and I wanted to share it with you!
 

Hoping this will motivate you as much as it motivates me! Lots of love ❤
-A doctor in spe

The medical tag

Since I’ve tagged people I follow, I figured that it was time to answer the questions to my own tag. I hope that it’ll will give you an image of who I am!

  1. Who are you?
    My name is M. and I’m a medicine student in Europe. I’ve just started my first year in medical school.
  2. How did you come up with your blog name/username?
    My blog name is Doctor in spe. The term ‘in spe’ is Latin for ‘in the future’ or ‘to be’. Since I studied Latin in high school I wanted my blog to kind of refer to that period.
  3. How would you describe your blog?
    Doctorinspe is currently a mix of everything that interests me and is related to the medical field. Sometimes I like giving my opinion on a subject, sometimes I’ll write about something that’s noteworthy. It varies a lot!
  4. What made you choose the medical field?
    When I was a kid I loved watching a show called ‘there ones was…’ which was a series on the human body, made for children. That show has always laid a foundation to pursue a career in medicine.
  5. What are your best tips for future medical students?
    Don’t forget to enjoy medical school. There are a lot of things to do when you’re not studying so go out every once and a while and have some fun! Don’t miss out on the fun because you’re always studying!
  6. What’s your favorite quote?
    Life is not the amounts of breath you take, it’s the moments that take your breath away – Will Smith.
  7. Best memory in medical school?
    My best memory was getting into medical school. It was just so gratifying. I remember screaming like 5 minutes before I could process the whole thing. When I told my  brother he did the exact same thing :’).
  8. What’s one course you struggled with?
    Biochemistry. Purely because I was too lazy to make time to study it (yes I have flaws too). Biochemistry is quite a detailed course and I shouldn’t have postponed it that much. You can’t start learning chapter two if you don’t know the first chapter. Biggest mistake in medical school!
  9. Name one thing you want to achieve this year.
    I would like to pass all of my classes upcoming semester 🙂 but I would also love to make this blog into something that I will be proud of.
  10. What’s your favorite book?
    My favorite medical related book is the emperor of all maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee. I gave a brief resume on my blog so check it out! The main reason why I liked it is because of the infinite dedication these people showed for cancer research. The world needs more people like that!
  11. What do you do in your free time?
    I blog whenever I find some time and I love watching movies and series. My current favorite series is Grimm and the best movie I watched last month was Sing.
  12. What do you want to major in?
    I have no idea and I don’t even worry about that right now. I still have 6 more years to go so I’ll figure that out along the way ;).
  13. How do you study productively?
    I’m currently using flashcards which helps me a lot! I also use the My homework application to track all of my tasks.
  14. How do you stay motivated in medical school?
    Thinking about that beautiful white coat everytime I can.
  15. Who do you look up to?
    I would like to name a scientist or someone who has done something extraordinary but I look up to my family. My mom dad and brother have supported me so much and I look up to them because of that

I hope you enjoyed this article! Let me know in the comment section if you’re going to do the medical tag :).

Lots of love
– M. Doctor in spe

Daily life of a medical student

Today I wanted to show you how a day in my life goes. I’m a regular student, I live at home with my parents. I’m not motivating at all. However some students are just regular students.

6:00-6:15 My mom is going to work so she wakes me up fairly early. I like to lay in my bed a little longer. I would like to tell you that I workout or that I do something productive but I honestly don’t.

7:45: I go to my classes. I drive to my class every morning which in a way is the worst thing I probably do. I know that I should either carpool or take the bus but I always make up lame excuses.

8:00-13:00 I have very long classes and they start and end quite late. I fortunately have some breaks during classes. I usually try to pay attention and write down something. Sometimes I’ll go to the library but most of the time I just go home. I prefer studying in a quiet library which is very difficult to find!

13:30-16:00 As soon as I come home I watch television and drink a glass of coffee. I love my coffee and drink up to four(!) glasses of coffee per day. I also like watching television series. My current favorite is ‘the middle’. It’s one of the few shows left that is actually pretty accurate and realistic.

16-18:00 I try to get some studying done. We started studying our muscles so I’ve been doing that for the longest time. It’s one of those things I really need to repeat this section of my courses more often.

20:00-23:30 I end up watching more television. I love documentaries and there are always a few of them on the television. I watched one about the hunt for lions. It was quite disturbing and made me feel so terrible. Basically some people in Africa capture lions and inbreed them making more lions who have a lot of genetic flaws f.e. issues with their paws. Rich people are then able to bid on these lions so that they can ‘hunt’ them down in a closed section. At the end of the documentary I was obviously quite upset.

That was my day the end of it was quite upsetting and I’m still not over it :/ I hope you still enjoyed the rest of my busy day and I will see you in a next post!

Lots of love!
-Doctor in spe

Favorite youtubers Med edition Part I

Today I really wanted to talk about my favorite Medical student youtubers. I however follow quite a lot of youtubers that study medicine so I’m going to make a part two very soon! Now these youtubers are amazing. I mainly like following them because most of these people are in their second or third year and they have a lot of helpful tips and tricks. I also think like these people motivate me (and a lot of others) to pursue a career in medicine which is amazing!

1 Janeandjady
Probably one of the most famous medicine students on Youtube. This power couple shows the daily life of med students. They have all sorts of videos but I’d have to say that I really like their vlogs. If you want to see how med school is you should just watch their videos!

2 Med school insiders
I love all of the tips that are given and I’ve been following a lot of tips so far. These videos motivate me to actually study and take it easy. Since these videos contain a lot of helpful tips and this channel is actually very useful even if you don’t study med. I’d recommend this channel to everyone who wants some more motivation to study or tips on how to study better and more efficiently.

3 Thestrivetofit
I love the Strivetofit because of the vibe her videos give off. Jaime is definitely an inspiring youtuber. She now has a second channel where you can study with her and she has also opened an online shop on her blog where you can find some stationery items as well as apparel. I honestly have nothing but admiration for this girl because I know that everything she does requires hard work and a lot of time. Definitely check her youtube channel and her blog out!

That was it for this first favorite youtubers article! Let me know in the comments who your favorite youtubers are and I’ll definitely check them out!

Lots of love!
Doctor in spe

 

 

Inspirational: love your melon

Love your melon is one of those things I just saw passing on facebook quite a while ago. I didn’t pay a lot of attention then since all of their beanies kept selling out but I figured that since it’s winter I should write about it. For those of you who’ve never heard of them Love your melon is a company founded by two friends and students who wanted to ‘put a hat on every child batteling cancer in America’. They started in 2012 and have since then donated over 80 000 hats to children and donated a staggering 1,5 million dollars to non-profit partners in the fight against pediatric cancer.

That’s not all! You can help them! If you live in the U.S. you can join their crew programme. The guidelines and details are all listed on their site so make sure to check those out if you’d be interested.

Last but not least I recommend everyone to go get yourself a nice beanie! Just because they’re supporting some very good causes. They have so many different beanies to choose from and if you shouldn’t like beanies, they also sell caps, bags and scarfs. If you want a beanie do make sure you’re quick enough since they tend to sell out quite quickly!

 

Let me know in the comment section if you liked Love Your Melon and if you want to get a beanie! Lots of love!

Doctor in spe