A Country Bumpkin Goes to the Big City

My first job after college was in a large Midwestern, metropolitan area. When I changed jobs and moved back to Indiana, I immediately recognized three differences: (1) less traffic, (2) a slower pace of living, and (3) that people would look you in the eye and say “hello.” This last quality was the most surprising. […]

How to Live an Extraordinary Life

I like inspirational movies. One of my favorites is The Natural (Tristar Pictures, 1984), starring Robert Redford, Glenn Close, and Robert Duvall. A famous line in the movie comes when Redford’s character, Roy Hobbs, shares his dream and motivation in life. After expressing regret that he could have been the best in baseball, he explains why […]

Getting Out of the Box

I was an electrical engineer for six years before changing careers to become a family physician. After I began medical practice, I found that some people who knew of my engineering background expected me to do well at analytical thinking and analyzing data also dismissed any possibility that I might have an intuitive or creative […]

Jedi’s and Cookie-Cutters

The year 1977 saw the release of a fantastic movie: Star Wars: A New Hope Awakens. The first Star Wars movie introduced Luke Skywalker and began the story of his journey to become a Jedi knight and how he and his companions saved the galaxy from the evil Empire. Their success depended, in part, on […]