Q&A from Jamin Brahmbhatt, MD, Urology & Men’s Health Co-Director @ The PUR Clinic

Dr Jamin Brahmbhatt has a special interest in men’s health and is passionate about using science and technology to improve health. Dr Brahmbhatt is one of the co-founders of the national campaign, Drive 4 Men’s Health, which has reached over 400 million men and encouraged them to improve their overall health. After falling in love with his talk last year, we invited him to share his journey since TEDx Square Mile 2015 and give us his view on The School of Tomorrow.

How did your TEDx Square Mile experience inspire you over this past year?
The past year has been incredible. When I’m needing a little extra energy or inspiration I just close my eyes and take myself back to the TEDx stage when I had the privilege of sharing my story. I continued my fitness journey and now have lost over 30 pounds. I am in the best shape of my life! I have had the opportunity to speak and inspire millions through the Drive 4 Men’s Health. I continue to be active in the national media, sharing stories of health and wellness. I have made lifelong friends with the other speakers. We all may have come from different backgrounds and countries but our desire to inspire and be inspired is what united us.

What made you want to be part of the TEDx Square Mile event last year?
I love sharing my story in the hope of inspiring others to live healthier (mental and physical) lives.  I am grateful and forever in debt to the TEDx Square Mile team for allowing me to share my story.

Why should the person reading this article consider attending TEDx Square Mile?
Attending TEDx Square Mile puts you in a room full of individuals with inspirational stories and ideas. Each share a common bond — to inspire and be inspired. I left the day motivated like never before. You can always watch the videos online but nothing beats being in the room and soaking up all the positive energy.

What do you envisage for the School of Tomorrow?
The School of Tomorrow will be all digital. We will need to figure out as a society how to remain physically connected as our world and encounters are becoming increasingly less intimate.

What do you wish you were taught/you learnt at school?
We can’t expect to learn everything in school.  I am happy with the education I received up to medical school. It’s up to us as individuals to go beyond the box and teach ourselves life skills. It is also important for us to surround ourselves with individuals that lift us up. If you didn’t learn it in school — go learn it now!

Which top three skills do you think one should develop regardless of the industry in which they work?
Ability to build meaningful relationships, Work well in teams, Self-Confidence.

What is the most important lesson you have ever learnt? Why?
Be humble. It is important as you become more successful to remain humble and not let your ego get in the way of progress. A “thank you” or “I appreciate you” can go a long way.

Who inspired you the most in life?
Pramukh Swami Maharaj.

Which is more influential: nature or nurture?
Seriously? It is impossible to decide between these two choices. Philosophers have argued for years on the importance of each. I say the most influential is not nature or nature — it’s passion. Regardless of your background (whether it is in your genes or knowledge gained through life experiences) you can defy all odds using positive energy and following your passion.

Which is more important: talent or hard work?
Both can get you to the same destination. Use whichever you have to achieve your goals.

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