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5 lessons from Dr. Daneshmand in creating success from zero

In this episode of Empowering conversationZ, I interviewed Shahram Daneshmand (Dr. D), a successful high risk obstetrician living in San Diego, CA. While he shared his challenges as an immigrant, he gave many secrets in creating the success he currently has. Below are my favorite five:

1. Dr. Daneshmand encourages us to understand the value of time. “We really don’t pay much attention to time… until [we are in] our late thirties or early forties. That’s when we start all of a sudden paying attention to the concept of time. And that nothing remains consistent in life.” Referring to his immigration story and how everything was taken away in a blink of an eye. Through out the interview he awakens the procrastinator in all of us to value time and act on our aspirations.

2. When asked passion or money, Dr.D responds “Passion always!” Living by example, he is passionate about his career as a high risk obstetrician as well as his non-profit organizations which focuses on helping women and children “… I think women hold the key to a healthy society...” As you hear his stories, one might wonder whether he knew exactly what he wanted to do early in life. “I’m a late bloomer. I’m not one of those people who came in this world and knew exactly what I want to do… Except… I knew I wanted to be a physician at a very young age… It was later in life that the dots connected… and there are still many dots waiting to be connected.”

3.Did you have difficulty fitting in? If so, Dr. D shares the pain of being a kid who looked different and spoke very little English as teenage immigrant in America during the hostage crisis in 1979. His suggestion on how to cope with such challenge is “as human beings, we tend to want to assimilate with people that look like us, think like us, ... that’s human nature.” Then he encourages us to shift our mind and respect one another. “We have to remind ourselve