WSJ Bestselling Author, award-winning cardiac surgeon, Dr. Brain Lima, performed the 1st heart transplant on Long Island. He received degrees from Cornell Duke University Medical Center, and Harvard Medical School.
BrianLimaMD.com – Check out Brian’s site and get his new book, Heart to Beat.
3 Value Bombs
1) Heart health is not separate from our overall self. It is part of us. You can’t be yourself if you’re not physically in good form.
2) Let things fall as they may.
3) Working harder than those around you will make up for what you lack in natural talent and intellect.
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Today’s Audio MASTERCLASS: 5 Ways To Lower Stress And Maintain Peak Performance During Unpredictable Times.
[1:19] – Dr. Brian shares something he believes about becoming successful that most people disagree with.
- To be successful in any field in any market, you can’t be all things to all people at all times. You have to focus.
[2:37] – Dr. Brian shares why he wrote the book “Heart To Beat.”
- The pen is mightier than a scalpel in many ways.
- He thought that he could really make an impact by sharing his story and how he got to where he got to, then it’d be worth it.
[4:02] – Lowering stress while maintaining key performance.
- We all suffer from wanting to conquer everything all at once.
- The heart does one thing really well and never stops doing it our whole lives: beating
- We tend to forget those things that are within our control
- Let things fall as they may.
[5:37] – The H.E.A.R.T. Way.
- H is for hard work. Anything that’s worth doing that achieves success starts with hard work.
- E is for eagerness and having a positive growth mindset / outlook on things.
- A is being aligned with your moral compass. Being grounded and only concerning yourself with what matters to you – and making sure that whatever you’re doing is aligned with your big plan.
- R is for being resolute. Stick with it, despite the failures along the way.
- T is thoughtfulness. Being mindful of what you’re feeling and why you’re feeling that way. Being empathetic.
[7:05] – Dr. Brian shares his favorite part of H.E.A.R.T.
- Hard work is, for him, the most important. He has suffered at various points on his journey with the imposter syndrome, doubting himself and thinking he didn’t belong around very talented people.
- Working harder than those around you will make up for what you lack of natural talent and intellect.
[11:35] – How did the H.E.A.R.T. way became Dr. Brian’s life philosophy?
- It dawned on him during his first heart transplant in Long Island, where the old heart of the recipient started spontaneously beating in his hand, not giving up and having its last effort trying to keep on going.
[13:12] – Staying healthy and enjoying a high quality of life.
- People like to compartmentalize things – having physical and emotional well-being in separate buckets. These are one and the same.
- If you are physically fit and take care of your heart, eat right, and sleep the right amount, then you will have better emotional well-being, too.
[14:19] – Dr. Brian shares something a key takeaway for Fire Nation about his book, “The Heart Way.”
- This is a book for anybody. Anybody looking for a jolt in their system – it’s a call to arms to abandon a passive life and shoot for the stars … do what you want to do.
- This book aims to reawaken those dreams that are buried along the way, and to not be afraid of failure.
- Heart health is not separate from our overall self. It is part of us. You can’t be yourself if you’re not physically in good form.
- BrianLimaMD.com – Check out Brian’s site and get his new book, Heart to Beat.
Boom, shake the room Fire Nation. JLD here and welcome to Entrepreneurs On Fire brought to you by the HubSpot Podcast Network with great shows like being boss today, we'll be focusing on five ways to lower stress and maintain peak performance. During these unpredictable times to drop these value bombs. I have brought Brian Lima on the mic. Dr. Brian Lima is an award-winning cardiac surgeon who performed the first heart transplant on long island. He received degrees from Cornell Duke University Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, and is now a wall street journal in USA today, bestselling author of heart to beat into the foundation.
We talking about a lowering stress and maintaining peak performance. Dr. Brian will share with us the heart way and also how to stay healthy and enjoy a high quality of life and so much more. When we get back from thanking our sponsors, the HubSpot podcast network is the audio destination for business professionals who seek the best education and inspiration on how to grow a business. Whether you're looking for marketing sales, service, or operational guidance, the HubSpot Podcast Network hosts have your back. Listen, learn and grow with the HubSpot Podcast Network at Hubspot.com/podcastnetwork. Get your focus back, sleep better and block out the unhealthy effects of blue light. With BluBlox blue light blocking glasses. Get 20% off by going to BluBlox.com/fire or enter code FIRE20 at checkout that's BLUBLOX.com/fire for 20% off, or just use the code FIRE20 Dr.
0 (1m 38s):
Brian say what's up to Fire Nation and share something that you believe about becoming successful that most people disagree
1 (1m 46s):
With. So what's up Fire Nation. One thing I would say that most people don't agree with is this whole idea of having to be quote well-rounded. The fact of the matter is I believe honestly, that to be successful in whatever field, in whatever market you really can't be all things to all people at all times, you have to focus. And so at the expense of other things, be it friends excelling in your own health and physique, you know, to pursue your dreams and your goals and your career. It may have to come at the expense of other things because you have to put so much time and effort into it.
1 (2m 27s):
And I know that's really not popular, but I know I can speak from a first person experience that that's really the only way I think, and most endeavors to really come out on top. Well,
0 (2m 38s):
I personally love that you use that word focus. It's my favorite word, follow one course until success. It's not follow 100 courses until success, cause that's just not going to happen is follow one course Fire Nation until success. And Brian, let's be honest. You're an award winning cardiac surgeon. So I have to ask what you put down that scalpel and pick up that pen. Why did you write the book heart to beat?
1 (3m 6s):
I felt like maybe a, just like a pen is mightier than the sword. Maybe a pen is mightier than the scalp in many ways. So I felt like I could impact many more lives. Of course I love what I do. I wouldn't trade it for anything. I love doing heart surgery and saving lives on that individual patient I'm operating on, but I just felt this drive within me to get out there, this message that, you know, anything is possible. There's really a lot we can achieve. It's just, you know, you got to put in time, you've got to put in work, you got to focus. And I just had this sense that there really wasn't a lot of that going on out there. I thought people were apathetic, listless pur, you know, without real true purpose.
1 (3m 49s):
And I felt like I could really make an impact on a number of people by sharing my story about how I was able to get to where I got to. And so that's really why I felt like I needed to get this story out. Now you got
0 (4m 2s):
The story out and it's a wall street journal and a USA today, bestselling book. So I just have to say you obviously hit a nerve. You obviously figured out something that people wanted to read about wanting to hear about one is learn about because we are in these unpredictable times. So what advice do you give in this book? And can you share right now about lowering stress while maintaining peak performance? Because you know, a lot of us still want to be peak performers, but we also want to have lower stress simultaneously. I mean, we want it all doctor give it to us.
1 (4m 38s):
Many of us, myself included suffer from this, wanting to conquer everything all at once and spinning our wheels. So part of what I talk about in the book is my heart way approach, where if you think of what the heart does, the heart does one thing really, really, really well, and it just never stops doing it. Our whole lives is speeding to stay in our lives. And I feel like so many of us get so worked up and concerned and stressed about things that are beyond our control. And we forget about the things that are directly right under our noses within our control that we could do. And if we did that, if we just said, okay, look, there's these XYZ factors that are beyond my control, but I have direct control over this and that I'm going to focus on that and I put everything I have into it, and you'd be surprised how many doors open when you do that?
1 (5m 28s):
How, you know, you start to develop this growth mindset, this optimistic view of life. And that's really the central message of the book. Do not knock out of the park, what you have directly within your scope of influence and not the rest fall as it may
0 (5m 47s):
Let it fall as it may Fire Nation. And one thing that I love that you did just like the word focus is follow one course till success. You developed the heart way, H E A R T break down that acronym for us.
1 (6m 4s):
So the heart way. So think of the heart again and what it does for us. So H hard work, everything, and anything that's worth doing, that's gonna achieve success starts with hard work. There's no way around that he is being eager, having sort of a positive growth mindset, outlook on things a is being aligned with your moral compass, with your overall purpose, being grounded and really concerning yourselves only with weighty matters and making sure that whatever you're doing day in day out, it aligns well with your big plan are of course, as being resolute, sticking with it, despite the failures along the way, getting back on the horse, you know, not giving up and T which was for me the final lesson, I think, which didn't really come along until older when I was older is being thought, is thoughtfulness being mindful, having that self-awareness of what it is that you're feeling, why you're feeling that way, how you're perceived by others being empathetic.
1 (7m 7s):
All those things is the last component of the heart way approach. And then you combine all five of those elements. And I really think it's a, a recipe or blueprint if you will, for a success without a doubt. So
0 (7m 22s):
The ball into your court for a second here, take one of those five, just choose any one. And let's dive a little bit deeper. I, we're not going to go through in depth all five. You obviously do that in the book hearts to beat, but just pull out one. Now let's go a little deeper in one of your favorites for whatever reason and kind of expound upon it for Fire Nation.
1 (7m 41s):
So it's the simplest one is the first one. It's the foundational element of hard work. And the reason why I believe that's obviously the one I selected and I think the most important of all of them is because for S for a long time, I suffered at various points, this sort of imposter syndrome, do I really belong here? Am I really supposed to be in this same playing field with these other amazingly talented people? And the fact of the matter is yes, I was never the smartest person in the room in the classroom, but my hard work ethic was the equalizer. I refer to it in the book as hard official intelligence using your heart, your own just bare knuckle strategy of just putting in the time, working harder than the, those around you.
1 (8m 29s):
And you can make up for what you lack and natural talent and intellect, which is sheer hard work. And I feel that's really been the core of my approach to academics and my career and achieving success. And that's that I think that's above all else. The most important element,
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Artificial intelligence love that fire now. Thanks for sharing that. I mean, to me, that just kind of sums it all up in a great way, and we're going to be talking about some really important things for nation coming up here about how we can stay healthy and enjoy a high quality of life simultaneously. I mean, you know, those aren't mutually exclusive and a lot more when we get back from thanking our sponsors, my ability to focus throughout the day in my sleep are my top priority. And when either of these things is out of whack, everything else is affected. That's why after figuring out so much of my restlessness and distractions were being caused by too much exposure to blue light, I started researching the best blue light blocking glasses.
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1 (11m 12s):
So Dr. Brian, we're back, I kind of want to move into how the heart way became your personal life philosophy. I mean, you obviously have developed this methodology, but how did it actually become your personal life philosophy? Day-to-day week to week, month to month. It dawned on me and during one of my heart transplant procedures, and it was sort of a miraculous moment when I was doing our transplant. And as I was taking the old heart out of the recipient and passing it off, it began to spontaneously beat in my hands. And it just, and, and it was one of it was captured on video. It was the first heart transplant we did on long island.
1 (11m 53s):
So it was a big occasion, a lot of cameras, et cetera. And it just dawned on me at that moment, like, wow, I mean, this heart as is just not giving up. I mean, here it is in its last ditch effort to try to keep going. And that's when it all clicked for me. When I felt I was searching for a unifying philosophy for how to explain what it was I wanted to get across. How was it that I was able to start from nowhere, a low-income family, immigrant family, and get to, to where I was. And I felt like that really captured it all in a, in a heartbeat, right. For play on words.
1 (12m 33s):
And, and so that's kind of where it started. And that's what really enabled me to put everything together and write this book. And, and once I had that concept in mind and everything else fell in place, as far as how, you know, worked together, these various components, the five elements we discussed earlier,
0 (12m 50s):
Let's talk about what I teased a little bit before the break here, which is staying healthy and enjoying a high quality of life. Like what does that even look like? How is that even possible?
1 (13m 2s):
A lot of people like to compartmentalize things well, they, they, they factor, okay, heart health being healthy, physically fit into one box, one bucket, and then emotional health that emotional wellbeing into another bucket. But really those are part of the same. They're one in the same. If you are physically fit, if you take care of your heart, if you eat right, if you sleep the amount of time you're supposed to, that's going to lead to, you know, better emotional wellness, overall wellbeing. You're going to click better. You'll be at a higher functional status. You're going to do better at work. You're going to thrive in your personal and professional life.
1 (13m 43s):
And I feel like that's why you can't put these things into compartments. It's all one in the same as taking care of your overall greater self, doing the right things for your physical and metaphysical heart.
0 (13m 56s):
Let's talk about the heart way in specifically heart to beat. What else do you really want Fire Nation to know about this book? What they can learn, the takeaways that they're going to have, and you know who it's specifically for?
1 (14m 10s):
So first and foremost, I want to emphasize that it's a book for anybody, anybody looking to what I like to call a kind of a jolt to the system, a, a call to arms, to sort of abandon a passive life and really shoot for the stars and do what it was that, that younger, you know, you wanted to do when you were asked as a kid, you know, what do you want to do when you grow up? Whatever that was, whatever that dream was that maybe has kind of gone by the wayside. I think this book is a way to reawaken those dreams, that we've kind of buried along the way to not be afraid of failure. One of the things I talk about a lot in the book is how to overcome the fear of failure, how to avoid complacency along your way, to being the best possible version of yourself.
1 (14m 60s):
And I think for those reasons, this book really is just overall blueprint for success, how to deal with the inevitable failures along the way. And at the very end of the book, as we kind of alluded to here briefly, it does touch on heart health, which again, it's not really separate from our overall selves. It's part of us, it's you can't really be the best version of yourself if you're also not physically in good form. So that's really in a nutshell what the book is about, what I hope it can do for others as I've kind of poured my heart and soul out into writing the book as well. So where
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Do you want Fire Nation to go to learn more about this book, into make that investment
1 (15m 41s):
Social media it's Brian Lima MD is my handle. The book is available on Amazon or anywhere books are sold. You can also go to my website, Brian Lima, md.com, Fire
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