I took over the leadership of Apollo Hospital in Dhaka a few months ago to continue to stretch my self, to learn a new industry domain [health care] and to learn to lead a team of over 1700 consisting of some of the best medical consultants, specialist, doctors, nurses, patient care assistants, health care managers and other non-medical staff from this part of the world.
It is also a complex and highly responsible job and requires maintaining world-class operations in line with the JCI [joint commission international] standards the foremost health care accreditation in the world. It is only my hospital in Bangladesh and a hand full of hospitals in India, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia can boast of this standard that is tough to get and maintain.
In addition to the above objective the spin off benefit I have got is the ‘wake up call’ regarding life in general. The knowledge I gather everyday being in this operation is amazing and that has made me more pay more attention to myself as well. It is in this backdrop that I received an email from one of my friends on getting the best out of life by Lee Kuan Yew.
One of the profound lines in a speech given by him was; “The human being needs a challenge, and my advice to every person in Singapore and elsewhere: Keep yourself interested, have a challenge. This made me read the rest of the article, leaving a side a list of other things I had planned to do and I felt really good that I found the time to read it. I am happy to share the entire article in its totality below. Please do take the time to read it. I do not know the source of this article, but I give credit to whoever wrote it and seek permission to re-produce it for the greater good of humanity.
If you’re not interested in the world and the world is not interested in you, the biggest punishment a man can receive is total isolation in a dungeon, black and complete withdrawal of all stimuli, that’s real torture.”
You know more about this subject than I do. A lot of it is out in the media, Internet and books. So I thought the best way would be to take a personal standpoint and tell you how I approach this question of aging.