Hey guys! So as some of you may know, the last week that I had in medical school was probably one of the hardest I’ve ever had (you can check out the vlog down below). With finishing off placements, studying for my finals in January and also sitting my situational judgement exam, things got quite stressful. But in the midst of all the stress, I stopped to reflect and reminded myself of a saying that I usually apply whenever I feel such a way. This saying is that “this too will pass”. At this time of year with deadlines looming and exams around the corner, it can be quite easy to feel very anxious. This saying is one that always got me through the most difficult situations. So if you’re also going through something difficult and feeling like it will never end, remind yourself that this too will pass and that you’ll be on the other side of it in a much better place very soon. I know it sounds overly simplistic, but this simple mindset change might be all we need to visualise the light at the end of the tunnel.

A few days have passed now and I feel much better. Although I’m still a few weeks away from my final exams ever in medical school, I am now over that little hump and will be flying to Norway in 48 hours time to spend Christmas with my family. However, what I do know is that after Christmas I’ll soon be back to that feeling of anxiety, but hopefully with the reminder fresh in my mind that it too will also pass.

I hope this gives you something to think about and I would love to hear your opinion on this. Please reply to this email with any thoughts that you might have. Merry Christmas and I’ll catch you guys on the next one! :)

Kenji.


👍🏾 Things I’ve enjoyed this week

 

NorthFace Jacket (clothing) - to be honest, I’ve never spent more than £20 on a piece of clothing, but with my trip to Norway coming up and the expected temperatures of -10C, I decided to take the leap and invest in a good jacket for myself. I’ve always been the guy wearing 5 layers, but hopefully, this will make things easier 😂 What I particularly like about this jacket is that it folds into itself and also has a packable hood.

•Spider-Man: No Way Home (movie) - I watched this in the cinema last weekend and it was absolutely amazing. I haven’t watched the other Marvel Spiderman’s, so I’ll definitely binge them all this holiday.

Diffuser (tech) - I just got a diffuser for my room as a Christmas present and it’s changed the whole chill vibe. It adds colour to my desk and makes my room smell great. Highly recommend! It could also be a great present for your family or friends. 😝

 

🙇🏽‍♂️ What I’m working on

 

Nothing right now. Just enjoying my Christmas without thinking about any studying or projects 😃

📚 Highlight of the week

 

What They Forgot to Teach You at School by The School of Life

The focus of school education lies in understanding the outer world. The system tells us that we will finally and optimally have succeeded when we grasp the laws of the universe and the history of humanity. In order to thrive properly, however, we will also need to know something far closer to home. Without a proper understanding of our childhoods, it won’t matter how brilliant our qualifications, how many fortunes we have made, how stellar our reputation or how outwardly cheerful our families, we will be doomed to founder on our own psychological complexities; we will probably be sunk by anxiety, lack of trust, dread, paranoia, rage and self-loathing, those widespread legacies of distorted and misunderstood pasts. 

Tweets From Naval Ravikant Bot by @NavalBot on Twitter

“Your goal in life is to find out the people who need you the most, to find out the business that needs you the most, to find the project and the art that needs you the most. There is something out there just for you.” - @naval



The Almanack of Naval Ravikant by Eric Jorgenson

The first kind of luck is blind luck where one just gets lucky because something completely out of their control happened. This includes fortune, fate, etc. Then, there’s luck through persistence, hard work, hustle, and motion. This is when you’re running around creating opportunities. You’re generating a lot of energy, you’re doing a lot to stir things up. It’s almost like mixing a petri dish or mixing a bunch of reagents and seeing what combines. You’re just generating enough force, hustle, and energy for luck to find you. A third way is you become very good at spotting luck. If you are very skilled in a field, you will notice when a lucky break happens in your field, and other people who aren’t attuned to it won’t notice. So, you become sensitive to luck. The last kind of luck is the weirdest, hardest kind, where you build a unique character, a unique brand, a unique mindset, which causes luck to find you.