February 28

Achieve

Tuesday’s Big Idea

D.I.Y.

Greatness begets bureaucracy, and bureaucracy is conservative. A DIY (do it yourself) ethos is skeptical or openly defiant of established pathways to success, relying instead on the power of the individual to come up with smart, new solutions. The internet has unleashed an explosion of DIY creativity in every field, and holds the potential for much, much more. A teenager with a cellphone can get three million views on YouTube. A college kid with a computer program can build a company with a $50 billion potential IPO. With industries and economies worldwide in a state of flux, a creative, courageous, self-reliant approach to life is more necessary than ever. 

Even for those in more established, degree-based professions like medicine would do well to take a page from the playbook of self-made men and women like artistic polymath Henry Rollins, comedian Margaret Cho, and neurologist/author Oliver Sacks. DIY living is living courageously and generously – acknowledging your vulnerabilities and taking risks that allow you – and encourage the rest of us – to become bigger, better, and more broad-minded humans. It’s the antithesis of and the antidote to selfishness and all its related evils.

 

 

  1. 1 Henry Rollins' Letters to a Young...
  2. 2 Henry Rollins' Letters to a Young...
  3. 3 Margaret Cho: Tenacity Wins Out O...
  4. 4 Oliver Sacks on Being a Writer/Ph...
   
  1. Henry Rollins' Letters to a Young American: Do it Yourself

    Henry Rollins' Letters to a Young American: Do it Yourself

    Henry Rollins shares the DIY philosophy he learned from Abraham Lincoln and has always tried to follow. 

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  2. Henry Rollins' Letters to a Young American: Live Heroically

    Henry Rollins' Letters to a Young American: Live Heroically

    Henry Rollins says that in these turbulent times, it's more difficult and important than ever to live heroically. 

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  3. Margaret Cho: Tenacity Wins Out Over Nepotism and Talent

    Margaret Cho: Tenacity Wins Out Over Nepotism and Talent

    Margaret Cho, the "Patron Saint of Outsiders" reveals the secret to overcoming barriers. 

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  4. Oliver Sacks on Being a Writer/Physician

    Oliver Sacks on Being a Writer/Physician

    Oliver Sacks discusses the intersection of writing and medicine.

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