Mengukur Potensi

Mengukur Potensi Cerita Motivasi dan Inspirasi Nomor 1

Apakah Anda berpotensi untuk menjadi wirausaha handal? Saya tidak tahu. Tetapi bila Anda bertanya-tanya apakah Anda dapat mengetahui seberapa jauh Anda berpotensi, mampu atau berbakat untuk menjadi wirausaha handal, maka cobalah menjawab sejumlah pertanyaan berikut :

* Apakah Anda lebih suka bekerja dengan para ahli untuk mengejar prestasi? * Apakah Anda tidak takut mengambil risiko, tetapi akan berusaha berusaha menghindari risiko tinggi bila dimungkinkan? * Apakah Anda cepat mengenali dan memecahkan masalah yang dapat menghalangi kemampuan Anda untuk mencapai tujuan? * Apakah Anda tidak akan mengijinkan kebutuhan akan status mengganggu misi bisnis Anda? * Apakah Anda rela berkorban dan bersedia bekerja dengan jam kerja yang panjang untuk membangun bisnis Anda? * Apakah Anda memiliki rasa percaya diri yang tinggi untuk mencapai keberhasilan? * Apakah Anda tidak membolehkan hubungan emosional mengganggu bisnis Anda? * Apakah Anda menganggap struktur organisasi sebagai satu halangan untuk mencapai sasaran yang Anda inginkan?

Jika semua pertanyaan itu Anda jawab dengan “Ya”, maka Anda merniliki profil seorang wirausaha sejati. Paling tidak demikianlah menurut David E. Rye, pakar kewirausahaan yang mengajarkan hal itu di Universitas Colorado, Amerika Serikat. Tetapi memiliki profil wirausaha belum berarti Anda akan sukses berwirausaha. Sebab sukses sebagai wirausaha itu ditentukan oleh sejumlah ciri-ciri lainnya. Cobalah mengidentifikasi apaka
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Surviving Cancer Doesn’t Make You An Oncologist!

Surviving Cancer Doesn’t Make You An Oncologist!


Surviving Cancer Doesn’t Make You An Oncologist!

Posted: 26 May 2016 05:00 AM PDT

sharma-obesity-trust-me-im-a-doctorIn my TEDx talk “How to Lose 50 Pounds and Keep Them Off” released earlier this week, I recommend that people struggling with obesity seek help from a health care professional trained in chronic disease management.

Given that most of what we deal with in medicine is chronic disease, one would imagine that almost any health professional can give competent advice on living with a chronic disease.

Unfortunately, while this may be true for diabetes or hypertension or most of the other common chronic diseases that virtually all health professionals at some time in their careers will have learnt to manage, very few will have any experience at all in treating obesity – let alone even thinking of obesity as a chronic disease.

It is therefore not surprising that when it comes to weight management people often turn to lay “experts” who proclaim themselves as “experts” simply because they have somehow managed to lose weight and are (at least for now) managing to keep it off.

Often, these “experts” (not seldom with the help of a savvy publicist) will launch a lucrative speaking business including authoring self-help books, offering diet/exercise plans, appearing on TV talk shows, endorsing supplements or promoting whatever it is they believe helped them lose their weight.

Unfortunately, as I hear over and over from my patients, these self-proclaimed  “experts” who, having “conquered” their obesity, have now embarked on a mission to help you “conquer” yours, are about as effective as any other commercial fad diet.

This is because, we have long known that in obesity, what works for one person may be entirely ineffective in the next.

Just because you lost weight by following (insert your approach here), does not mean that you have found the Holy Grail of weight management and are now somehow professionally qualified to offer your help to everyone else.

Living with heart disease does not make you cardiologist!

Surviving cancer does not make you an oncologist!

Losing weight does not make you an obesity specialist!

This is not to say that the “patient” experience is not important or that “peer support” cannot be a valuable tool in chronic disease management.

Indeed many successful weight management programs including Taking Off Pounds Sensibly or Weight Watchers rely heavily on “peer support”, in that groups are generally run by lay people who are themselves “affected”.

While this makes a lot of sense, it does not replace the need for a professionally qualified health professional to ensure that all goes well.

Just because you are a member of the local diabetes support group does not mean you no longer need to meet with your diabetes educator or family doctor.

Just because your dearest friend survived a heart attack and is willing to share her experience and support, doesn’t mean you no longer need to see a cardiologist for your own heart problems.

This is an important distinction and should be a warning to not rely too heavily on people peddling their “success stories”.

While it may well of interest to listen and perhaps even examine their suggestions, hoping that what worked for them will work for you, is both shortsighted and can potentially do more harm than good.

Do I wish that all health professionals had a sound understanding of obesity management and are there to support people living with obesity – of course I do.

But I know we are not there yet and it will take time before health professionals begin seeing their role change from simply “recommending weight loss” t0 actually having the expertise and experience required to help patients better manage their weight and health.

@DrSharma
Edmonton, AB

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Bakat vs Usaha

Bakat vs Usaha Cerita Motivasi dan Inspirasi Nomor 1

“Potensi yang tidak diledakkan akan tetap menjadi potensi saja, tidak akan terwujud sebagai kemampuan untuk melakukan tindakan.”

Saya sering mendapatkan keluhan dari mahasiswa maupun peserta training bahwa mereka merasa tidak berbakat memimpin. Dalam kesempatan lain mereka menyampaikan lagi bahwa mereka tidak berbakat seni, olah raga, menulis, dan sederetan alasan lainnya untuk menjustifikasi bahwa mereka tidak mampu melakukan hal tertentu karena mereka tidak berbakat. Kata “tidak berbakat” nampaknya menjadi kambing hitam yang paling mudah. “Jangan salahkan aku kalau aku tidak mampu melakukan hal tertentu karena aku tidak berbakat” demikian kurang lebih pesan yang terkandung dalam pernyataan mereka.

Namun pada saat saya tanyakan kepada yang merasa “tidak berbakat” mengenai sudah seberapa jauh mereka belajar, berlatih dan mencoba, mereka mulai mencari-cari alasan berikutnya. Mereka katakan bahwa walaupun belum mencobanya tetapi mereka tahu dan bisa merasakan kalau mereka tidak berbakat. “Seperti ejakulasi dini saja, belum apa-apa sudah loyo” demikian saya sering meledek mereka-mereka yang terlampau cepat memvonis dirinya tidak mampu karena tidak berbakat.

Berkaitan dengan masalah bakat, dalam suatu kesempatan pelatihan kepemimpinan saya memulai dengan pe
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Matahariku

Matahariku Cerita Motivasi dan Inspirasi Nomor 1

Mungkin aku akan berhenti mengejar matahari yang selalu aku ikuti bayang-bayangnya. Berhenti sebelum aku lelah dan letih mengejarnya, sebelum aku bertemu rasa passionless. Setelah membaca buku Morning Light, aku seperti tersadar dari lamunan yang membuatku terhanyut ke dalamnya. Perlahan aku mulai sadar akan kemampuan diri ini dan atas segala keterbatasan yang aku buat sendiri. Terserah kalau lah mereka bilang aku menganggap diriku remeh. Bukan itu maksudku, aku memang bisa saja menjadi segalanya. Tapi aku tak ingin jika aku menjadi seseorang yang hebat di bawah bayang-bayang seseorang, matahariku. Aku ingin menjadi sesuatu sesuai kehendakku bukan karena ambisi semata. Inginku menjadi matahari bagi diriku sendiri. Matahari yang begitu bersinar tapi tak penah menyilaukan di hadapan orang lain. Memang dirinya merubah hidupku, merubah kebiasaanku, merubah semua tentangku ke arah positif. Aku memang lebih baik daripada kemarin, namun entah mengapa aku merasa sedikit tidak menikmati keadaan ini, merasa tidak puas dengan apa yang telah aku capai sekarang. Aku berpikir ini kulakukan untuknya, untuk matahariku. Dan aku tak mendapat balasan apa-apa dari matahariku. Bahkan akupun ragu bahwa dia menyadari keberadaanku ini.

Matahariku memang hebat, mampu merubah sosok c
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Stretching The Rubber Band

Stretching The Rubber Band


Stretching The Rubber Band

Posted: 25 May 2016 05:00 AM PDT

Yo-Yo Rubber Band Feb 2014I remember as a kid having a pair of pyjamas that were held up by an elastic rubber band.

It must have been a pretty cheap rubber band, because every few months it would wear out and lose its stretch, so it had to be replaced it with a new band.

Unfortunately, this is not what can be said about the rubber band that I used in my recent TEDx talk to demonstrate what happens when you try to lose weight.

Unlike the cheap band in my pyjamas, the rubber band I used to represent our physiology trying to gain the weight back, never seems to lose its stretch.

No matter how hard or how long we pull, the rubber band keeps wanting to bring our weight back to where we started.

Yes, perhaps for some people, eventually the rubber band may relax (these would certainly be the exceptions) or may be the “muscles” that we use to pull on the band just grow stronger, which makes it seem easier to keep up the pull – but for all we know, in most people, this “rubber band” is of pretty good quality and seems to last forever.

So, how do we take the tension out of the rubber band ?

Well, we do know that people who have bariatric surgery have a much better chance of keeping the weight off in the long-term and we now understand that this has little to do with the “restriction” or the “malabsorbtion” resulting from these procedures but rather from the profound effect that this surgery has on the physiology of weight regain.

Thus, we know that many of the hormonal and neurological changes that happen with bariatric surgery, seem to inhibit the body’s ability to defend its weight and perhaps even appears to trick the body into thinking that its weight is higher than it actually is.

In other words, bariatric surgery helps maintain long-term weight loss by reducing the tension in the rubber band, thus making it far easier for patients to maintain the “pull”.

And that is exactly how we think some of the anti-obesity medications may be working.

For example, daily injections of liraglutide, a GLP-1 analogue approved for obesity treatment, appears to decrease the body’s ability to counteract weight loss by reducing hunger and increasing satiety, thus taking some of the tension out of that band.

Think of it as sprinkling “magic dust” on that rubber band to reduce the tension, which makes it easier for patients to maintain that pull thereby helping them keep the weight off.

Of course, both surgery and liraglutide only reduce the tension as long as you continue using them.

Undo the surgery or come off your anti-obesity meds and the tension in that band comes back as strong as ever.

For readers, who have no idea what I’m talking about, hopefully things will become clearer after you watch my talk by clicking here.

@DrSharma
Edmonton, AB

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