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The top two fears that people have are the fear of flying and fear of public speaking. Before we had airplanes, the fear of heights was the number one fear. Before we had airplanes, there wasn’t a lot of recorded public speaking either. Yet millions of people fly each day, people speak at meetings, concerts, and in the media. And people climb mountains, clean gutters, jump off bridges on a budgie cord.

The baby has two innate fears … fear of loud noises and the fear of falling. As we mature, we learn to interpret loud noises and that fear dissipates. Fear of falling is also dissipated thru nurturing of the mother. So where did all these fears that we have today come from. They were learned. Continue Reading

It's Not What I Know

Where you are today is based on all the decisions that you have made in the past. You can’t change them. Where you will be tomorrow and the future tomorrows is based on the decisions that you make today and tomorrow. You can’t control the past but you can control your future.

Where will you be five years from now? Most people when asked that question have to stop and think. First they want to analyze the question. Why are you asking? Is there a right or wrong answer? What will you do with my answer? Whoa! It’s just a good question. Continue Reading

Throw Your Club

I was golfing the other day and had the opportunity to see a player throw his club farther that he hit the ball. We all got a chuckle out of it, except him. Did that mean that he was good at throwing clubs or was he a really bad golfer? Probably neither. Even though he only hit the ball a few feet.

Each golfer experienced different feelings from the same event. The person closest to the player took cover. He experienced fear. The rest of us felt empathy for the poor golf shot.

Some personalities might even analyze the shot and propose a solution. In the world of golf, unless you are asked for your opinion, it is best not to offer it. Remember, he just thru his club. Continue Reading

Buses for Wounded Soldiers

In my book “It’s Not What I Know…It’s How I Learned It,” I relate several stories about my experiences in Vietnam and later my experiences as a surgeon at the Veterans Hospital. For forty-five years, I’ve said that we give our worst medicine to our best men and women.

First of all, I don’t believe that it is the physicians, nurses or the hands-on people that are the problem. It is the system that allows them to practice. Incompetent health care personnel wound not survive in the public healthcare market place. Continue Reading

There is a story about the aid worker who brought wheat seed to the village so the people could plant and have grain to sell and food for the winter. When he came back, the people were very thankful for the wheat but the fields were barren. The people cooked the wheat. They ate the seed. They were hungry.

Sometimes we have to try to see things thru other people’s eyes. The aid worker saw people who would benefit from a wheat crop. He failed to see that they were starving.

I have had those brain spasms when I saw things only thru my eyes instead of others. Heard it over and over. Walk a mile in their shoes. We complain about a pot hole or a crooked line on our highways. There are people who are happy just to have a road. Continue Reading

Over the many years of seeing patients, it is interesting how different but alike they seem. I have always been amazed that even when we can’t understand the language, we still communicate…with a smile, a twinkle or tear.

I remember a Vietnamese child wounded by a grenade. Even though I couldn’t understand what was being said, I understood the worry, fear and sorrow of the people in the village. The women cried for the child but were so thankful as we tended to him. We were different, but we were alike. Continue Reading

Five things we know about change:

  1. Change is reality
  2. Change is constant
  3. Change is necessary for growth
  4. Change will affect us
  5. Change is a decision

As I wrote this book, I found that my successes and failure were the result of how I responded to change. I had to be willing to adapt. In many cases, it was necessary to learn from the masters or the innovators.

When I worked in the operating rooms, there was a full anesthesia team, two scrub nurses and a circulating nurse. In addition, I usually had a surgery resident assisting me. Instruments, blood, bone, drugs, supplies were at my fingertips.

Now picture me in a jungle in Honduras performing surgery on the wounded Contra Freedom fighters. I smuggled titanium wire mess to use to rebuild faces shattered in battle. Blood? Look around the room for a tech and see what his blood type was. Lay him down and take a unit for the patient. Continue Reading

Dr. Liposky

I started my first business when I was 8 years old. I could buy model airplane kits for 10 cents each. If I bought 10, I would get two extra kits free.

Business Plan: Sell the two extra kits for 50 cents each and I would have my 10 kits for free. No takers!

Plan B: Build the 12 airplanes and sell them for 25 cents each. 300% profit. Sold 4.

From building airplanes, to raising pigs, corn and cows, I was developing a taste for business. I learned to make mechanical drawings of equipment that we were able to build for the farm. It was a combination of survival and education. Continue Reading

Hi, and welcome! My name is Dr. Richard B. Liposky, author of It’s Not What I Know…It’s How I Learned It. I’m so happy to have you as a visitor to my blog about my new book. This project is very special to me, and I hope to share some of that excitement with you here.

I’ll be using this blog to interact with you about It’s Not What I Know…It’s How I Learned It, expanding on some of the topics in it and posting on some of the ideas related to my book.

This is a great place for you to get to know me, and I’m looking forward to getting to know you, too. What did you think of It’s Not What I Know…It’s How I Learned It? Continue Reading

The Veterans among us: by Shelly Liposky 11/11/2014

I met a man today who said
he’d just got back and asked for bread
His eyes were sharp his hands were worn
his toes shown through his shoes where torn

He opened doors and stepped aside
Offered thanks and walked with pride
A humble man who helped us all
We’ll never know the hurt inside

He trained and fought so brave for us
Had our backs without a fuss
Today he lives just like so many
A veteran walking quiet among us

Invisible as they clean the floor, ask for help or hold the door
Start a business, drive a truck, lead the board, stop the buck
They surface when they hear a call, our heros still they answer tallbr>
The men and women without a fuss, Veterans walking quiet among us Continue Reading