BEING FAST IS NOT THE SAME AS BEING EFFECTIVE OR BEING EFFICIENT. WE WANT TO BE EFFECTIVE IN ORDER TO ACCOMPLISH OUR GOAL(s). WE WANT TO BE FAST AND EFFICIENT IN ORDER TO PRESERVE OUR TIME AND OUR ENERGY.

Charles Tadros, M.D.

May 17 , 2022

Saint Louis, Missouri

IT IS IMPORTANT TO REGULARLY REVIEW OUR OWN, HISTORICALLY IMPORTANT, LIFE DECISIONS AND THEIR RESULTS. THEN, WE CAN DECIDE TO MAKING CHANGES, OR WE CAN RECOMMIT TO ACCEPTING OUR DECISIONS AND HOW THESE DECISIONS HAVE LED US TO WHERE WE ARE TODAY.

It is quite unsettling to review entrenched assumptions, decades-old decisions, accepted results, reasonable consequences and still want to make changes which probably will change the course of our lives.

Even if we are open to such introspection, others who may become affected by our choices, may not understand, and may not be accepting.

The most comforting aspect of this life review is that a majority of us will be quite satisfied with our historical decisions. Moreover, we can better understand how chance and the decisions of others affected us. We may even gain a sense of peace and acceptance regarding our current lives.

Charles Tadros, M.D.

May 17, 2022

Saint Louis, Missouri

IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT, “WHAT AM I ABLE TO DO?”, OR, “WHAT DO I WANT TO DO?”. IT’S MORE ABOUT, “WHAT AM I WILLING TO DO?”, AND, ” WHAT I HAVE DONE.”

Charles Tadros, M.D.

May 7, 2022

Saint Louis, Missouri

EVEN BEFORE SOCIAL MEDIA, BUT ESPECIALLY SINCE EASY ACCESS TO MANY TYPES OF AUDITORY AND VISUAL DISTRACTIONS, MANY OF US ARE AFRAID OF MISSING OUT ON EVENTS HAPPENING AROUND US, AND EVENTS HAPPENING WITHOUT US. THIS IS AN ESPECIALLY ACUTE PROBLEM WHEN WE TRY TO PAY ATTENTION, FOCUS, AND CONCENTRATE ON THE TASKS AT HAND.

Charles Tadros, M.D.

May 4, 2022

Saint Louis, Missouri

WHAT PERCENT OF ALL SMOKERS (not secondhand smokers) WILL DEVELOP LUNG CANCER (cancers which start in the lungs) DURING THEIR LIFETIMES (including the years after stopping smoking)?

(BELOW IS THE LINK TO THE ANSWER.)

“Only” 10-20%

“Yikes” 25-30%

“OMG” 45-50%

“Impossible” >55%

Charles Tadros, M.D.

May 3, 2022

Saint Louis, Missouri

FOR THE ANSWER, PLEASE READ THE FIRST SENTENCE : https://www.medicinenet.com/what_percentage_of_smokers_get_lung_cancer/article.htm#:~:text=of%20all%20smokers.-,According%20to%20the%20Centers%20for%20Disease%20Control%20and%20Prevention%20(CDC,80%20percent%20of%20lung%20cancers.

WHAT ARE THE CONSEQUENCES OF EXERCISING STICK-TO-ITIVENESS, GRIT, PERSISTENCE, AND PERSEVERANCE, IF THESE REQUIRE IGNORING ONE’S OWN THOUGHTS, FEELINGS, NEEDS, AND PHYSICAL SYMPTOMS/SIGNALS?

Charles Tadros, M.D.

May 3, 2022

Saint Louis, Missouri

I DON’T REMEMBER ANYBODY EVER EXPLAINING WHAT THE WORKLOAD AND COMMITMENT FOR TAKING 1 COLLEGE CREDIT HOUR REALLY MEANT…

In college, 1 credit hour (for a semester class) means 1 hour of classroom time per week plus an expectation of an additional 2 hours (up to 3 hours for rigorous courses) per week for homework, projects, etc.

So, a typical 15 credit hour per semester course load for a full-time college student, translates into 15 hours of classroom (or lab, or studio) time per week plus an additional 30 (to 45) hours of out of classroom study time per week. This, roughly, translates into a 45 (to 60) hour “work week” for the average, full-time college student.

By the way, this time commitment does not include cooking, cleaning, laundry, sleeping, going out with friends, dating, ball games, structured extracurriculars, relaxation time, screen time, gaming, walking around campus, or traveling.

Charles Tadros, M.D.

May 3, 2022

Saint Louis, Missouri

SOME PEOPLE ARE UNWILLING OR UNABLE TO DO MORE FOR THEMSELVES, LET ALONE HELP OTHERS BECAUSE:

1) Every project seems to have no bounds… bottomless and endless when it comes to how much time and energy it will require in order to successfully complete it.

2) As soon as one commits to spending time or expending energy, invariably, their other tasks, commitments, and schedules will expand and require immediate attention, leaving this overwhelmed person exhausted, anxious, harried, behind, and resentful.

Charles Tadros, M.D.

May 1, 2022

Saint Louis, Missouri

BIDE YOUR TIME. IN ANY DOMAIN WHICH REQUIRES KNOWLEDGE, SKILL, AND EXPERIENCE, THEN BEING PATIENT, AND PERSISTENT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF SUCCESS.

This does not apply for domains where the odds (no matter how small) are stacked against you. For instance, the longer you persist in gambling, smoking tobacco, or using risky driving behaviors on public roads, the more likely you are to encounter a catastrophic outcome for you or somebody else.

Charles Tadros, M.D.

May 1, 2022

Saint Louis, Missouri