Shewan Rand is a well-known doctor who has worked in the field for over ten years. She became a gynecologist after specializing a few years ago. Rand spent over a decade as a general practitioner prior to returning to medical school to obtain a specialty in women’s reproductive health, a specialty she got with honors. She worked in a clinic for a while after finishing her school, focusing on women’s reproductive health, delivery, and fertility issues. Her inspiration comes from a strong urge to help others, especially women. Rand’s interest in medicine started when she was a kid, which served as inspiration for her to continue down that route.
Where did the idea for your career come from?
Ever since I was a child, always wanted to be a doctor. By the time I finished my specialty studies in women’s reproductive health, I started my office. I used to be a general practitioner, but I noticed a void in the field of reproductive health and decided to pursue it. I currently own a clinic that specializes in this, and I frequently provide consulting services to numerous hospitals.
What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?
I wish I could have a typical kind of day. To be very honest, each of my days is different from the other.
I normally start my day by meditating and trying to clear my mind so that I can focus on my patients once I go to my office.
I then go to my office so that I can start seeing my patients. I enjoy taking notes regarding the medical cases so that I can identify anomalies and find possible ways to treat them on future occasions, while keeping my patients’ personal information confidential. I also try to keep a friendly atmosphere during the consultations with my patients, which is my way of making them feel at ease.
These approaches and techniques are critical to my performance.
How do you bring ideas to life?
As a doctor, I try my best to always make new approaches to deal with my patients. On top of that, it is one my goals to help find cures and solutions to my patients’ illnesses. For these reasons, I carry a notebook at all times so that I can write down any thoughts, suggestions, and possible solutions I might come up with during my day. Since it is easy for one to forget ideas, I make sure to note down anything that might potentially make a change in my patients’ cases, or in the medical field as a whole.
What’s one trend that excites you?
Empowering young girls excites me more than anything else. The fact that these girls could turn out to be potential leaders and change makers in society, among other things, makes helping and supporting them all the more satisfying.
What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?
Having an 8-hour sleeping pattern each night proved to be one of my best strategies to keep me going each day at maximum efficiency.
Acknowledging my own physiological limits has also been one of the most crucial things in my life.
My mental health also plays a big role in my productivity which is why I try to keep it up through having some rejuvenating deep sleep since it is important for every person’ mental health, in addition to helping them recover from both physical and mental exhaustion, thus enhancing one’s performance and productivity.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Trying new things can be intimidating, but it can also broaden one’s horizons. It transforms the unknown into something recognizable. I would tell my younger self to do everything she didn’t want to do as a newbie because it made her anxious. Even if you don’t like something, I believe you should turn around and try it out. But, at the end of the day, everyone was new to something at some point. Encouraging oneself to believe that one must be an expert on something does not restrict one from trying new things.
Tell us something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on.
Everyone, encompassing of all, excluding none, I believe, have an inherent and imbedded good nature, or the potential to be and do good. The question now is, just what it is that we convey from that gentle nature? Perhaps a differentiation must be drawn between what we’re doing and who we really are. From a philosophical point of view, if we genuinely think goodness exists, it is reasonable to assume that we are good in our core.
As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?
The use of inclusion and patience. When it comes to creating our solutions, it’s critical to plan ahead of time, implement, and afterwards wait for the appropriate feedback.
What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business?
The most basic of basics, commitment. Every time you commit to what you are doing, you are actually making a pact with yourself to do better and to make it as great as possible. I find it invaluable for one to pour their body and soul into what they are doing under the condition of not overdoing it so as to be able to keep up the pace.
What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?
I have had a number of mistakes and failures down the road, but I have never seen them as such. Rather, I saw them as new experiences I had to face and learn from. In fact, that was exactly how I managed to grow, overcome failures, and be the best version myself that I could.
What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?
Since the medical world is vast, it includes many fields but I believe that the implementation of artificial intelligence into any specialization would be a great choice to make.
What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why?
I recently brought a few video games, which is something I have been thinking of trying for a while now. Honestly, it kept my boredom away and helped me take the frustration away too in order to clear my mind.
What is one piece of software or a web service that helps you be productive?
Slack is probably my most recent one. For me, Slack is a very beneficial software in that it helps me handle work seminars and events, and it helps with organization.
What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?
That would be “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green, since it shows how life is short and how one is supposed to make use of every second for both their own sake and their loved ones’ as well.
What is your favorite quote?
While I have a number of favorite quotes, this one is the first to come to mind now:
“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” –Maya Angelou.
- Make sure to be happy and joyful even at work.
- Honesty really matters, which is why one has to be as honest with others as possible as long as they are not offending anyone.
- Consistency represents one of the pillars of productivity. That is why one has to be as consistent with their work as possible, which is going to keep them productive and ensure that they are making actual progress.
Steve (Stefan) Junge hails from Germany and helps with the day-to-day publishing of interviews on IdeaMensch. While he and Mario don’t share a favorite soccer club, their enthusiasm to help entrepreneurs is a shared passion.