Protecting Sight #140: Matilda Ho: The future of good food in China. Wills Eye Hospital Anterior Segment Surgery Update. Coachability Is Critical.

Welcome to my daily learning journal. My daily goal is to watch one Ted Talk and one cataract surgery. I also plan to read one journal article and read/listen to a book chapter, short story or significant work.

Here’s today’s list:

1. Ted Talk – Matilda Ho: The future of good food in China. “Fresh food free of chemicals and pesticides is hard to come by in China: in 2016, the Chinese government revealed half a million food safety violations in just nine months. In the absence of safe, sustainable food sources, TED Fellow Matilda Ho launched China’s first online farmers market, instituting a zero-tolerance test towards pesticides, antibiotics and hormones in food. She shares how she’s growing her platform from the ground up and bringing local, organically grown food to the families that need it.” (

The real secret to success is patience — a mindful kind of patience that requires knowing how to act while waiting, the kind of patience I learned with my grandmother’s magic box. After all, we do not inherit the earth from our ancestors. We borrow it from our children. 

Matilda Ho (Ted Talk)

Whether 5-minutes or 15 minutes, I am constantly inspired by Ted Talks. This 5-minute talk is filled with life lessons.

2 & 3. Cataract Surgery & Journal – Enjoyed the 4-hour Wills Eye Hospital Anterior Segment Surgery Update. Look for this symposium in the weeks/months ahead on the Wills Eye Knowledge Portal.

4. The Knowledge Project, Episode 95Code Cubitt: Coachability Is Critical — “Managing Director of Mistral Venture Partners and venture capitalist, Code Cubitt has an interesting origin story. After being kicked out of University twice he still managed to graduate and quickly climbed the VC ranks for several prominent companies before starting a venture program of his own. Hear how he evaluates founders, his decision making process, common mistakes companies make as they scale and much more.”

This is an extraordinary episode, and one I will share with closest friends and entrepreneurs. Filled with thought provoking insights.

My wife and I love seeking out authentic cuisines. Check out Ristorante Attilio in Wilmington, DE

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