Going the distance

Take the extra steps to position yourself for success

By Edward T. Creagan, M. D. February 10, 2017

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On a long flight, I learned an important lesson about life. My seatmate was a gentleman in his late 40s. We struck up a conversation about what we do for a living.  I explained my background as a cancer doctor and hospice physician.

He expressed some anxiety about a connecting flight to Amsterdam. I asked if this was an important business or professional connection, and he said yes, his career was in the balance. So stay tuned for the rest of the story.

He was fit, looked 25 years younger than his age, and brought his own vegetarian lunch and dinner. He shared with me that he was a professional dancer, and a finalist in an international competition.

He said that the studios which hired him made it crystal clear that there were many male dancers who were younger, more athletic, and better looking, and he needed the credential of finishing among the top performers in his profession.

He then explained his fanaticism about diet, exercise, stress management, and sleep. He has a strength and conditioning coach and a kinesiologist focusing on muscle memory and muscle movement.

So here comes the payload, and this is hardly surprising.

  • In a real sense, we're all performers. We're athletes; we're acrobats, and we better invest in ourselves. Whether we work on a stage, in a boardroom, or in a cubicle, there's always a replacement available who's younger, thinner, happier, and more energetic.
  • The dancer showed how to go the distance, how to manipulate what he could, and to seek out opportunities to enhance his marketability. Pretty good advice whether we're going to a performance or whether we are the performance.


Edward T. Creagan, M. D.

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Feb. 10, 2017