Dr. Robert James Cerfolio is a well-known cardio-thoracic surgeon who has performed numerous life-saving surgeries throughout his career. In his book, Super Performing at Work and At Home, Cerfolio takes us all on a journey to become our best.
As a young man, Cerfolio grew up in a highly competitive environment that encouraged achievement and hardiness. This perspective served him well as he grew into a young man and an all-American baseball player. He studied hard in college as pre-med student and went on to become a surgical resident at one of the world’s most renowned centers, the Mayo Clinic.
His life has not been without hurdles, however. In his memoir, Cerfolio details some very trying surgeries that tested his ability to perform in the operating room. As laypeople, we often forget that surgeons are not actually miracle workers or angels, they are highly skilled humans with full lives outside of those operating room walls. By taking a journey with Cerfolio in this book, it’s clear there are many significant bumps in the road.
From mentally taxing surgeries to wavering confidence in times of stress, Cerfolio shows us that those same skills of relaxation and visualization that helped him perform as an all-American baseball player are highly transferable skills to the operating room and to his family life.
In Super Performing at Work and at Home The Athleticism of Surgery and Life, Cerfolio gives us a peek into his techniques to helping him become, and maintain, his status as a super performer. Some of my personal favorites tips are:
“controlling your breathing
visualizing yourself from different viewpoints
engaging in positive self talk
recalling previous success
staying in the present
and seeing each moment of the challenge as a new opportunity” (forgetting the past moments of both failure and success)
Super Performing at Work and at Home starts on page 1 with Cerfolio detailing one of the scariest times in his life, his wife being operated on for breast cancer.
Throughout his book, Cerfolio takes us in the depths of his family’s struggle with Lorraine’s health concerns as well as other powerfully pivotal moments in his life. After reading, I almost feel as if I too am a apart of his family, watching his achievements in surgery and coping with his families triumphs and tragedies.
When I was initially invited to review this book, I was unsure that I would like it. Reading about a highly skilled surgeon who also happened to be a national-class athlete definitely was not something that I thought I could find real interest in. Somehow, Cerfolio managed to capture my heart on his journey and I have the feeling he will capture yours too. Along the way, you will gain valuable insight and inspiration on how to be and live better in a world that constantly brings up challenges and obstacles.
Super Performing is available via River Grove books and retails for $16.95.
Disclosure: This review was sponsored by River Grove Books and a sample copy of Super Performing at Work and at Home The Athleticism of Surgery and Life was provided to me at no cost. All opinions listed herein are my own and have not been influenced by the post’s sponsors in any way.