Entrepreneurial Spotlight

Medical Meditation’s Dr. Nikhil Joshi on Practicing Daily Mindfulness

In this series, we profile entrepreneurs approaching the top of their game, and ask them how they got there. Physician and cancer survivor Dr. Nikhil Joshi talks about how mindfulness and introspection helped give him strength during the course of his treatment.

When Dr. Nikhil Joshi was diagnosed with cancer at 27, it threw him for a loop. During his treatment, the Calgary-based clinical immunologist was able to find strength through reflection and introspection by way of meditation.

Throughout this process, Dr. Joshi was looking for an outlet to help others suffering from chronic illness and pain. He shared his story as CBC Radio host, Dr. C, but this year, Dr. Joshi took it one step further launching Medical Meditation, a free app available to Canadians on iOS and Android devices that offers guided meditations.

Here, Dr. Joshi discusses failure, his long-term goals with Medical Mediation and living life bravely.

Q & A

What do you enjoy most about the industry you’re in?

Technology gives the potential of vast reach. Healthcare is primarily about compassion for people. Together? Digital, Limitless, Compassion.

Best advice you have ever been given?

Change your relationship with failure. Fail constantly. Fail better.

What is the lesson you took the longest to learn?

You have to work on your weaknesses even harder than your strengths.

What makes it all worth it?

The attempt to live life bravely allows me to sleep peacefully.

What long term goals do you have?

To reach 100,000 people with Medical Meditation.

How do you balance your work and personal lives?

I don’t. It’s all one life. Live it well because our time is finite.

DAILY GLIMPSE

7.30AM- 8AM:The first thing I do every morning is take 5 minutes to meditate. I clear my mind of all fear and anxiety. Then no matter how tough the day is, I’m a bit more grounded. I gave up on waking up really early. I like to sleep!

8AM- 11AM: I have a protein shake, check emails and set the day’s agenda. I love Muay Thai or kickboxing. I train four times a week. I need that level of intensity or I get antsy. I workout for about an hour and then head to the clinic by 10.30AM.

11AM-5PM: I spend most of my time pacing, listening to music and emailing. My Tech and PR team hear from me probably too many times a day with another crazy idea. I love eating with clients. Sharing food is intimate to me, so I get to know people better. Relationships are the key to succeeding in life and business.

5PM-11PM: I have another protein shake when I return home and go for a walk to shake off the day. I’ll spend the rest of my day on the phone with family or friends, and spending time with my loved ones. I enjoy a big supper but avoid Doritos because they are my kryptonite! When I’m ready to wind down, I visualize my goals and dreams as I drift off. It allows my mind to find solutions while I sleep.

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ADVICE

Obituary writing

Writing your obituary. What do you want it to say? Who do you want to be remembered as?

APP

Notes

I keep a list of all the things I have to do on the notes app. Key is to get that stuff out of your head and onto a page. Relieve your brain of the stress of memory. I’d miss appointments or forget to follow-up on things. Now I have more mental space for thinking of solutions to problems. 

SERIES

Mozart in the Jungle

Music. Passion. Love. Right up my alley.

BOOK

The Prophet by Khalil Gibran

Art so good it is timeless.

FILM

True Romance by Quentin Tarantino

Love can enter your life at any time. It’s good to remember that.