Blog Category: Seven Pillars of Life

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 Prepare for the Future: A Business Innovators Interview

In this exciting and highly engaging interview, Dr. Tetteh shares how he helps individuals and organizations solve problems by leveraging his experience in the areas of clinical care, policy, and management to provide strategic solutions. … Read More 

Never Give Up

Life is full of twists and turns. Every experience you have is a lesson on the never-ending journey of personal discovery. Living each day heartfelt and engaged is the best way to ensure the purpose of each experience and lesson is discovered. Such discovery is often elusive and lessons from disappointment are not immediately obvious, especially in our impatient modern society. … Read More 

How to Make an Impact in the World

This week the world mourned the loss of one if it’s most powerful voices, Dr. Maya Angelou. Dignitaries from around the world poured their love and appreciation for Dr. Angelou’s work. Those that were touched by her presence reflected on her impact and example and I paused to think of what her life meant to me. … 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 

Pillar II: Believe You Have the Skills and the Talent to Serve

Last month in our weekly blog posts we focused on Pillar I: Know That You’re Blessed. We explored the value of introspective inventory in our lives. Living by Pillar I is just the first step to living a heartfelt engaged life. The next step in heartfelt living concerns self-confidence and service to others … Read More 

The Blessing of Giving Blessings

Melissa Revel is founder of Operation Military Shower and embodies The Seven Pillars of Life that I consider to be the recipe for true heartfelt existence. Through Melissa’s commitment to serving the families of our service men and women, she radiates the very first step to living from the heart. Pillar I: Know that you are blessed. … Read More 

Happy New Year!

I spent the final hours of 2013 and early hours of 2014 with a team of dedicated individuals helping a desperately ill patient have a new lease on life with a heart transplant. The generous gift of life was made possible because of another family’s loss. Especially on this occasion, that marked the end of one year and a new beginning of another, the experience of new life filled me with awe and gratitude. … Read More 

Pillar I – Know That You Are Blessed

During this holiday season, it is important for us all to realize how blessed we are. Many of us will purchase gifts for friends, family and co-workers. Holiday parties are in swing all around the nation and the New Year will have come and gone before we know it. A disposition of constant gratitude is vital to honoring the blessings we have all been given in this country. … Read More 

The Gift of Gratitude

Sound familiar? This is a list of the negative statements seemingly on repeat in the minds of Americans every day. In Daring Greatly, Dr Brene Brown sends a clarion call for Americans to understand the impact of shame and negative thinking in their lives. One of the central points in Daring Greatly is centered on our society’s perpetual state of scarcity. … Read More