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The Power of Habit: Jude Aburdan (Full Transcript)

Here is the transcript and summary of Jude Aburdan’s talk titled “The Power of Habit” at TEDxSafirSchool conference.

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Hi everyone, my name is Jude Aburdan. I’m a fresh graduate from the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery at Istanbul Medical University. That makes me a general practitioner or a physician, and today I want to share with you a personal story on how I got to where I am today.

Back in high school, I was always seeking to be the best at everything, like literally. Starting from a young age, I taught myself how to paint, play guitar, and I even successfully stole my sister’s professional camera to learn photography. Additionally, I excelled at being a nerd in all subjects except for Arabic language. My average dropped from 100% to 99%, and God, that drove me crazy. Told you, excelled at being a nerd.

I participated in almost every school competition and was so popular and known for all of my achievements. All of that combined with the support and ovation I got from those around me made me feel confident and powerful beyond belief, like, “Wow, I’m actually good.”

So what happened next? I got into university, accepted into the major of my dream, medicine. Do any of you want to become a doctor in the future? Do I see hands? Yes.

Well, I got into the major of my dream and I failed my first exam. It was the very first exam in the first year of medical school. It included basic knowledge regarding what we learned throughout the first semester. It wasn’t a matter of failing the entire year but it was the first hit of reality to experience failure the first time in my life.

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