Quotes from the movie “Patch Adams”

Here is a few set of quotes which we thought we’d pick as amongst the best based on their undertones.

You treat a disease, you win, you lose. You treat a person, I guarantee you, you’ll win, no matter what the outcome.

More often than not, it has been taught to us in a profession that the meaning of professionalism is just to perform the work we are expected to do and that is the end of it. But something we miss out on a larger scale is that no matter what business we are in, we are in one business of helping people, any business would actually start to offer an extended service to people aka customers. However the roles are much beyond creating a product or curing a disease, it is more about adding value to a person’s life, may it be through an invention, a service or something as simple as bringing a smile on that person’s face.

You’re focusing on the problem. If you focus on the problem, you can’t see the solution. Never focus on the problem!

Well, when things go wrong, we all know what to blame don’t we? The problem, the situation, the neighbours, the television and a lot more. More importantly when something goes wrong, most energy goes on in trying to figure out the prolem, how it happened and how dare it happen to us. However we miss the one important question – How to get around this problem. That is where all the results are, the focus being more on the solutjons than the problems. We don’t need someone who sympathises with us, we just need to understand that we need to take up the first step and try and work towards solving it.

See what no one else sees. See what everyone chooses not to see… out of fear, conformity or laziness. See the whole world anew each day!

It is very easy to be in the cultural domain where most people believe in something and that would be the only extent of it. Growing up, we realize that there is a lot more beyond the tangibles and the observables. Most times, what encourages us the most is that one strand of thought which goes the extra mile. That one strand of thought which says there is a lot more of treasure beyond the one sided view of things appearing to be what they are.

Our job is improving the quality of life, not just delaying death.

Imagine this being said to a doctor. Imagine all doctors living by this one code of conduct, this one train of thought. Most often than not the line of thought is very much fixed to the responsibilities at hand, esp when in the work domain. However something we usually miss out is the larger picture. In this case as he eloquently points out, it is very easy to just focus on the disease and get it over with but the point is curing the whole system, looking at the whole process from a broader perspective and a more holistic reasoning where in more than the short term solution, the long term goal takes precedence and in the long run, isn’t that the one thing that matters the most?

Now you have the ability to keep me from graduating. You can keep me from getting the title and the white coat. But you can’t control my spirit, gentlemen. You can’t keep me from learning, you can’t keep me from studying. So you have a choice: you can have me as a professional colleague, passionate, or you can have me as an outspoken outsider, still adament. Either way I’ll probably still be viewed as a thorn. But I promise you one thing: I am a thorn that will not go away.

As the society takes its role in shaping a person, we realize how much of an important role the degrees and certifications have taken. I do agree, they are important, they certify the base quality of a person. But most times it so happens that it becomes more of a degree chase than of realizing the true purpose and potential of a person. There are so many achievements that have been made by people who weren’t after the degrees. That is probably cos they never missed out on the larger picture. Deep down they all knew what they were exactly after while the others formed just the bits that would work for the larger picture come true. I do agree that I very much on the same line of thought, I wouldn’t want to be just another person who is on a constant chase for the degree cos it is not the degree alone that matters but what the degree is used for which makes the bigger difference.

It’s a great movie to keep you inspired..

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