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Ditch the Me Mindset and Change the World
A new definition of “we” is emerging. No longer does it refer to friends, family, and those who share our point of view, but to our connections with the people we have yet to meet. While “we” in the traditional sense creates more division than unity, Eric R. George is proving the limitless potential of the new “we” to create a fulfilling life.
How would our lives change by treating others as extensions of ourselves? By shifting our attention outward versus inward? By seeing every interaction as a chance to do and be more? These questions speak to the core of George’s book, We: Ditch the Me Mindset and Change the World.
Growing up in West Virginia, George knew what he wanted from life. He enjoyed meeting and helping people. Strangers fascinated him. So did new knowledge and ideas. He recognized that the secret to a more fulfilling life lay hidden in his connections to others, who could provide a lens into fascinating new worlds.
Years later, this fascination guided George to medical school and eventually to his work as a hand surgeon. His focus on the hand introduced him to people from every background imaginable and pushed the limits of his curiosity and perspective. Through his work, he discovered how to help others realize their talents and interests to create a world greater than themselves. He also extended his impact through entrepreneurship and philanthropy. George started numerous businesses that served local, regional, and national communities. And he devoted himself to giving back. From building a new nursery for an orphanage in Mombasa, Kenya to funding the St. Martin’s Episcopal School George Cottage in New Orleans, donating to the New York University School of Law and serving on many civic, charitable, and education boards, he found more ways of serving the new “we.”
In We, George shares the lessons and experiences that has led to his remarkable journey. Filled with entertaining and profound stories from his life, the book provides a poignant commentary on the power of human connection. The book speaks to all readers regardless of age, interest, or background and provides lessons everyone can apply to discover a healthier, happier, and more fulfilling life.
Dr. Eric R. George
Eric R. George, MD, is a renowned hand surgeon, serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and philanthropist. He is the founder and CEO of Omega Hospital, New Orleans’s first physician-owned hospital; the Hand Center of Louisiana, where he actively practices; and ERG Enterprises, a $500 million investment firm committed to changing communities worldwide.
In addition to practicing medicine full-time, he owns and operates businesses in numerous industries such as hospitality, real estate, oil and gas, education, entertainment, and consumer goods.
Dr. George credits his success and balance on the talented and caring individuals around him, who share his passion for meeting and helping others, as well as his loving wife, Kim, and two daughters, Chloe and Cassidy.
This point of view in action
Research suggests that less than 30 percent of college graduates end up working in their major of study. That means that most students today are focusing on a career that won’t align with the realities of the workforce.