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First...take a listen to this incredible point at min 19 until 22 from the Unlocking Us podcast (Brene Brown & Alicia Keys)

Brene: "Anyone that I know that has any experience of success...a lot of women especially is 'I can never say no [to overextending oneself] because I'll be perceived as ungrateful and the opportunities might go away' "

Alicia writes: "Opportunity is never a promise, rather it's a hope and a powerful hustle..."

And, remember what Vonnegut advised: “We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.”

Some resources for the hustle (after the jump):

1.Books on Writing and Productivity:

i)William Zinsser, “On Writing Well” 

ii)Roy Peter Clark, “Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer” 

iii)Cal Newport, "Deep Work"


2.Writing Podcasts

i) Longform

ii) Write About Now

iii) #AmWriting

iv) I share some tips in a podcast here.


3.Writing Opinion articles/Op-eds

This resource from The Op-Ed Project is helpful to delineate structure as well as to read about the other op-ed writing basics (and while you're there, read about the Op-Ed Project and consider participating in one of their workshops! After that, if you're in the healthcare field, you can request to paired with me as your mentor-editor.)


4.Medicine/Health-focused journalism training


CUNY: Newmark J-school (health and science concentration):

Harvard writer's conference:


UNC Science Journalism:

Munk School, Toronto:

Columbia Narrative Medicine:

Happier Workplace Cultures, in Healthcare & Beyond

1. Before you cold-email a request, read this.

2. My approach to collaboration, advice-giving, etc, as articulated by Adam Grant -- the first thing I'll ask is 'who have you helped, what voices have you amplified, how did you 'give'?  Grant is one of the most brilliant minds out there and I highly recommend his book on this topic (Give and Take) and his TedTalk

3.Tall Poppies (new research from Canada)

4.Why some teams succeed (and others fail), from HBR.

5.This series on beating generosity burnout, from HBR.

6.The impact of workplace toxicity, especially workplace bullying and mobbing, on health.

7.Books about creating healthy workplaces, inspired/engaged team members (also: employees, medical trainees, physicians), and wise leadership that I often re-read & share:

~Adam Grant: Give & Take; Originals

~Christine Porath: Mastering Civility

~Cy Wakeman:  No Ego;  Reality-Based Leadership

~Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg: How Google Works [NB: if only for the sections on "smart creatives"]

~Daniel Coyle: The Culture Code

~Bob Sutton: The No As*hole Rule; As*hole Survival Guide

~Amy Edmondson: The Fearless Organization

~Brene Brown: Rising Strong; Dare to Lead

~Simon Sinek: The Infinite Game

~Marc Benioff: Trailblazer

~Ray Dalio: Principles