|My Father is
my biggest inspiration in everything I do in my life. He is just awesome.
Before starting my writing project, he gave me some solid advice which I
want to share with my readers. Fortunately, many of my readers are also my
Father's ex students. They can easily identify with this post.
20 pieces of advice from my Father
1) Take care of your
health. You cannot achieve anything if you are not physically fit. Wake up
every morning with the desire to start something new.
2) Taking time out to do something different is a
If you still feel stressed and overworked, you are doing it for the wrong
reasons. Ask yourself why you need to do this? If you like the answer go
ahead and do it.
3) Write only when you are
in a relaxed and happy mood.
4) Choose a quiet place.
Switch off loud and annoying music when you are thinking or trying to
create something new and different.
5) Stop complaining,
grumbling and asking for help for every small problem.
6) If you are unable to
concentrate on a topic, it means you are not sure of it or distracted for
all the wrong reasons. Stop writing immediately. Go for a walk or take a
7) You are the boss of
the project. Are you thinking like a boss? Make a set of strict rules
and stick to them. Break large tasks into smaller achievable tasks.
8) When you write on a
topic be concise and highlight useful facts. Nobody has the time to read
and boring essay.
It is all written in
the pathology text books.
9) Learn to draw neat
diagrams. Any post on pathology without photographs is useless.
10) Pathology is a
"global" subject. It is a small, flat world and everyone knows each other
directly or indirectly. We have real life friends all over the world and
they are watching. Think carefully before you choose any topic.
Be a honest, sincere and a good netizen.
11) Prepare to make some
sacrifices. There will be changes in your personal and professional
life. Don't completely cut off every form of recreation.
12) Use your intuition to
select friends who will uplift and encourage you. Family cannot take the place of
a group of like-minded, trustworthy friends.
13) I will not advise you
on social media because I don't use it. You are a social media addict. Hope
you are using it with a positive attitude.
14) Don't be selfish,
sarcastic, rude or self obsessed. Try to be polite and helpful whenever
Avoid sounding superior and condescending.
tone you write in will reflect your personality.
Always thank those who send you e-mail with feedback.
16) Don't give your mobile phone number to strangers.
I'm sure you don't want flood of phone calls when you
are in the middle of writing.
17) Writing a post is easy
but editing and selecting an appropriate headline is difficult.
18) Be prepared to learn
new things everyday. Being a geeky doctor is tough but not impossible.
Negative feedback is very useful for further improvement.
19) You have selected
the right niche. Now regularly create something useful. I know you can do
20) No, you cannot
manipulate your father to give you ideas or proofread your posts. Ask your
trusted team of friends or hire someone.
Those were 20 pieces of
advice from my precious Dad.