Protecting Sight #201: To succeed, keep your New Years Resolution goals to yourself! Top CataractCoach videos & ocular neuromyotonia. John Adams & the road to Philadelphia.

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, podcast, or significant work.

Here is today’s list:

1. Ted Talk – Derek Sivers: Keep your goals to yourself. “After hitting on a brilliant new life plan, our first instinct is to tell someone, but Derek Sivers says it’s better to keep goals secret. He presents research stretching as far back as the 1920s to show why people who talk about their ambitions may be less likely to achieve them.” (

This is wonderful advice. I remember a quote from a high school yearbook, “If at first you don’t succeed, destroy all evidence that you even tried.” Though I think that this quotation misses the mark — I find great inspiration from President Theodore Roosevelt’s “In the Arena” speech — I do think that sincere effort, grit, and failure are the ingredients for ultimate success.

I’ve often found the most satisfaction from personal and career goals which I internalized until completion (or failure). Sivers talk helps explain why.

2. Cataract Surgery – Uday Devgan MD – Top CataractCoach videos of 2020. I am one of the 2500+ viewers per day who what Dr. Devgan’s videos.

Uday has redefined ophthalmic education with cutting edge pearls in 5-7 minute segments. I only wish that this resource had been available when I was a resident! I watched the #2 episode again today (on dispersive vs. cohesive viscoelastics) and appreciate Uday’s passion & mission to educate colleagues on cataract surgery & ophthalmic pearls.

3. Grosinger A, Chen JJ, Bhatti MT. Gaze-Provoked Exotropia in a Young WomanJAMA Ophthalmol. 2019;137(7):840–841. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2019.1091

4. David McCullough, John Adams (2001). Chapter 1, Part I. “The Road to Philadelphia.” I’ve watched one of the early episodes of the John Adams miniseries on PBS (Paul Giamatti) which is based on Professor McCullough’s biography. Want to take on this book and then watch the miniseries.

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