Blog Category: Inspiration

It Took Perseverance to Keep Going

Dr. Hassan Tetteh is a board-certified surgeon specializing in thoracic surgery, critical care, heart and lung transplantation, research and education. In this episode of ‘Shefik Presents Invocation’, Dr. Tetteh shares his experience running a marathon. … Read More 

How to Find Yourself Through Service

Transcript of Commencement Address to 2016 Graduates of the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, Health Science Academy. … Read More 

Seven Steps to Solving Your Big Problems in Life

Everyone has a cross or challenge they will have to face in life. Generally, you will figure most situations out, and will find a fast solution or delay a decision until a clear answer emerges. … Read More 

How to Develop Your Character: Embrace Your Crosses and Challenges in Life With Enthusiasm

The very idea of embracing a "cross" or challenge may seem ludicrous, however doing so has invaluable benefits to one’s personal character development. When you adopt a positive perspective of the purpose crosses and challenges have in your life you will yield invaluable benefits. … Read More 

How to Find Your Talent

The greatest challenge to living a heartfelt life is awareness. A critical step to finding your talent is to believe you have the talents and skills to serve. In life, you must know or find out what skills and talents you possess. That knowledge comes easy for some, almost like osmosis, but for others more is needed to discover their purpose within. … Read More 

Dr. King’s Gift From The Heart: The Gift of Being

As we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King this week, I‘m reminded how blessed we are to live in this nation. Few countries in modern history have exemplified the great change we have all experienced over the last 50 years. In the 46 years since Dr. King’s assassination this nation has confronted racial inequality like none other. … Read More 

The Gift of a Second Chance

My novel, Gifts of the Heart, was inspired by my time serving as a Naval combat surgeon with the Marines in Afghanistan. Learn more about the life experience that compelled me to write this novel. … Read More 

Exceeding Expectations- Diana Nyad’s Example

Have you ever wondered just what it is you’re made of? How much can you take? What is the difference between you and say Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet or President Obama? The truth is, absolutely nothing! Each and every human being possesses within him/herself the ability to accomplish greatness and exceed the expectations of their generation. … Read More 

Live from the Heart

After a tragic loss in “Gifts of The Heart ”, Dr. Afram makes a commitment to use his life to save lives. Too often we miss the opportunity to live up to our greatest purpose, because we selfishly allow adversity to define us. Instead of breaking down, giving up and missing out on life, Dr. Afram draws inspiration from the tragedy and commits to healing himself by healing others. What kind of world would we live in today if we all had the courage to heal ourselves by healing and helping others? … Read More