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I am a soft-spoken person. I prefer reading a book when I’m not working. I prefer listening to other people instead of talking. I prefer chatting with my friends instead of giving a speech at a gathering or conference. Most of all, I prefer reinventing myself by making substantial changes in my life.

More about me and what I’m up to
I earned a Doctor of Medicine degree in 2006 and worked as a general practitioner for nearly two years before moving to Saudi Arabia. My passion for writing took its toll, and I ended up switching careers to work in the medical publishing industry. I published a children’s book Girl of the Book in 2014. I currently write nonfiction and have authored five books in the self-help genre.

And finally, I have a passion for healthy food, which is why I enrolled in an online nutrition and health course offered by Wageningen University.

Why I created this website

I admit I’m far from perfect, but I’m 100% confident I am much better than the person I was a decade ago. Why? Because I worked hard to improve myself over the course of the past years.

When I relocated to live with my spouse abroad, I knew I was taking a very big decision that was going to make or break my career. I initially couldn’t find work as a healthcare professional and accepted to work as a classroom teacher at a local primary school. My self-esteem and confidence were really at their lowest during that period. I avoided communicating with former classmates who were better off working as healthcare professionals and continuing their studies. Worst of all, my family couldn’t reconcile the fact that I spent seven years in medical school and ended up not being able to practice medicine.

After one year, I quit teaching grade 3 and 4 pupils and tried getting back into the medical field. I even accepted an unpaid position at a teaching hospital, and after many failed attempts at getting a work visa as a healthcare professional, I finally got an offer to work in the medical publishing industry. Besides the fact that I was a non-native speaker of English, the publishing world was new to me. I invested a lot of time in educating myself and learning new skills because I wanted to succeed in this field. I HAD to and WANTED to SUCCEED.

I’ve been in the medical publishing field for over 5 years now, and I’m currently working from home. I don’t regret my decision and I’m glad I persevered and believed in myself. I’m not the best yet, but I’m still working hard to get there. If there’s anything that I’ve learnt during my journey, it’s the fact that you can achieve when you have the grit to succeed.

I created this website to help people who have questioned themselves about what they were going to do with their lives. I don’t know what your challenge is. Maybe you’re a stay-at-home parent who chose this path to take care of your baby. Maybe you’ve sacrificed your career for your significant other. Or maybe you’ve taken a major decision that is going to affect your life drastically.

Whatever be the case, you can always live a fulfilling, higher quality life. You can assess your skills and qualities, think carefully about your goals in life, and set goals to realise and maximise your potential.

I wish you success!

PN Murray (Selfimprovementbuddys.com)

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