When 2 become 1.
When 2 become 1.
I spent part of the weekend reading Fast Company's 100 Most Creative 2014. The list spanned artists, activists, techies, and global business leaders, as these lists do, with all the usual luminaries and somewhat expected profiles.
Among all the good and the great, It was number 17's story, one about a 50 something year old mechanic turned unexpected medical inventor named Jorge Odón, that stuck with me. It's that "bing" moment, the light bulb, where a confluence of different factors mixed together in a brilliant mind became a solution for millions.
This is a good list to read on a Monday morning, especially if you're not feeling particularly inspired at work. Start with Jorge Odón's story.
INVENTOR, ODÓN DEVICE
Ninety-nine percent of mothers who die during childbirth live in countries where doctors lack access to the training and tools to assist in difficult deliveries.
In 2006, Jorge Odón, then a 52-year-old car mechanic living in Argentina, watched his employees emulate a YouTube video demonstrating how to remove a cork stuck inside a bottle using a plastic bag. That night, at 4 a.m., Odón woke up with an idea: What if the bottle were a uterus and the cork were a baby?
Though he had no medical training, the father of five (all delivered by C-section) constructed a glass uterus and used one of his daughter's dolls to demonstrate the idea. Odón showed the device to specialists at CEMIC, a Buenos Aires teaching hospital, who helped him apply for patents and connected him to the World Health Organization. On March 1, 2011, Odón's birthday, he and his team launched 30 live trials. All were successful.
This year, Odón left the garage for good to work full time on perfecting the Odón Device. Meanwhile, research continues with women across the globe. "No one should be discriminated against for not ever getting the opportunity to study," Odón says of his own foray into medicine. "We are all creatives."
While most people head over to the heart of Asia to party hardy or shop till they drop, I much prefer my weekends there like this - spent having long restorative conversations over a hot cuppa with some of the best company I know. We whiled away our Saturday afternoon in the cozy confines of the second story balcony in a charming cafe just off Star Street. The rain drizzled on and instead of the usual ugly old sky scrapers, we had the canopy of a lush tree for a view.
Is it odd that I always come back feeling refreshed? It must be the much missed company of a very good friend.
1 Sun Street (off Star Street)
Dr Seuss clearly understood being time-starved.
Sometime last year, a couple months before we got engaged, I read a Brianna Wiest article on Thought Catalog titled The Love You Want isn't Always the Love You Deserve. It's good, you should have a read. A few things stayed with me, and in the run up to the day we say I do (86 to go! WHOA!), I thought I'd share the ones that stuck:
Her message had to do with not selling yourself short... mine has to do with being extremely happy and content with what I've got. Coming from someone who is rarely satisfied, that says a lot.