Posts for tag: inspiration

By Dr. Roger Moore
June 13, 2016
Category: Uncategorized

Hello My Friend,

Have you ever heard of the term connector?  Malcolm Gladwell, in his bestselling book Tipping Point, used this term.  In his book he described how some people know quite a few other people.   It seems we are each potentially closer to many others in the world than we might realize.

After learning about this, I started looking at some of the connections we have had through the people in our practice and it was fascinating to think about the connections.  We had a retired Indiana Hall of Fame announcer share how his start in broadcasting involved time working under the famous Kentucky basketball coach Adolph Rupp. We had a woman who met Hilary Clinton after her grandson married the child of her former college roommate, a sports telegrapher who was working in the Notre Dame press box at a game where Bob Hope and Jim Nabors were present, and we even had one gentleman at a business meeting in Boston who was able to eat dinner with a Mr. Key who was the grandson of a famous song writer who happened to be Frances Scott Key who wrote the Star Spangled Banner. We also had a gentleman who went on a date with a ‘Bond Girl’ from the old James Bond movie series that featured the old time James Bond played by actor Roger Moore. 

It has been fun to explore and think about some of the connections we have within our dermatology family. And more importantly, it reminds me how we are each tied together in so many ways, often more than we realize. In understanding how closely we are related, it would seem we could see we are meant to work together and make our world a better place together.

May you and your loved ones find a world willing to work with you for causes greater than any one of us can accomplish alone.  


Roger Moore, MD

By DermacenterMD Team
October 26, 2015
Category: Lifestyle
Tags: inspiration   motivation   work   people  

Going to work can be a struggle some days. Sometimes you just don’t feel like facing that long to-do list you know was left waiting for you on your desk. Often times we can get burnt out or discouraged if we feel like we’re not making meaningful progress in our daily tasks. It is important to take time to reflect on the “small wins” that you accomplish at work. This can help you to fell more satisfied with the work you’re completing and cause you to perhaps even become more productive.

In a Harvard Business review article entitled The Power of Small Wins, Teresa Amabile and Steven J. Kramer explain that the key to motivating performance is supporting progress in meaningful work. The authors conducted an experiment where they asked creative professionals to keep a work diary to record their emotions and accomplishments at work. After studying these diaries, they identified the progress principle, which states:

“Of all the things that can boost emotions, motivation, and perceptions during a workday, the single most important is making progress in meaningful work. And the more frequently people experience that sense of progress, the more likely they are to be creatively productive in the long run.”

In order to garner more meaning from the work your do, keep a work diary. It can help you to appreciate just how meaningful and effect the work is that you do. It can help you to see more of the big picture of your career. It will allow you to reflect on what you’ve already accomplished and feel good about that. Take time to appreciate your hard work. You will also be able to focus yourself on what still needs to be accomplished. Try keeping a work journal for a month and take time every week to review what you’ve accomplished. Appreciating the small wins will help you to be more motivated and find meaning in what you do. 

By Dr. Roger Moore
September 08, 2015
Category: Lifestyle

One day I entered the room for surgery and asked the patient how he was doing. The friendly response I got was, “I am sanguine.” Now I had no idea what this meant. Before I could get out the ‘Huh?’ I was thinking, my patient’s wife said, “Oh he’s at it again. It is his word of the day.”

This kind gentleman had dealt with the challenges of being an organ transplant recipient. At too young an age he had an organ fail in his body and he could not live without dialysis. He was fortunate to receive a transplant that gave him a new lease on life.

He tried to find ways to keep himself busy and optimistic. He decided to learn a word a day to expand his mind. He also put time into bowling. He actually became very good at both. So good at bowling he competed in the “Transplant games,” a competition for those who have had an organ transplant.

He told me how he had set a goal to win a medal and accomplished this goal twice. He said he was driven to get one more medal. Why? Well the medals had a purpose. They were a gift he gave away. The first was for the mother, then second for the father and the future medal was meant for the brother of the person whose organs kept him alive today. He was doing this for them.

Sanguine, he explained, meant hopeful. Although I may forget the meaning, I will never forget the acts of kindness he shared. He reminded me that each of us owe a debt of gratitude to those who have helped us along our journey to where we are today. It is through others we find our true self.