Breaking barriers and overcoming obstacles leads to a life of fulfillment and joy. In this episode, you will learn 1. How Dr. Samantha Pillay overcame personal barriers and limitations to achieve success 2. The importance of taking care of one’s health throughout their lifetime 3. The power of children’s books to inspire young girls to dream big and think outside the box
“It also opens up the door for other people to understand that I can step into whatever I want to do.”
Dr. Samantha Pillay is a surgeon and urologist who specializes in urinary incontinence surgery. She is also an entrepreneur and author who is passionate about helping people live their best lives.
This is Dr. Samantha Pillay’s story…
Dr. Samantha Pillay was born with congenital hip dysplasia, which led to a lot of surgery and time in the hospital. She grew up facing many obstacles, including being the only mixed race girl in her school and not being able to walk (or do much else) without help. Despite all of this, she finished school at 16 and went on to become a successful surgeon. In her 50s, she started writing as a way to help people. She wrote a cookbook for people who don’t cook and started a picture book series called “Inspirational Careers for Kids” to show young girls that they can be anything they want to be. Dr. Pillay is motivated by her own experiences to help others. She knows that it’s
In this episode, you will learn the following:
1. How Dr. Samantha Pillay overcame personal barriers and limitations to achieve success
2. The importance of taking care of one’s health throughout their lifetime
3. The power of children’s books to inspire young girls to dream big and think outside the box
[00:00:02] – Today’s episode of Hashtag Speakeasy Podcast features a guest who is going against the grain. She is an introvert, but she finds more fulfillment in her career as a full-time podcasting and speaking professional. She doesn’t act like a typical mom.
[00:01:14] – Dr. Samantha Pillay is glad to be on the show. Dr. Samantha Pillay will introduce herself to the audience and then we will get into the topic for today. Dr. Samantha is going to do what she wants to do and whatever labels you had for her, you can keep them.
[00:02:00] – Urologist is a urologist in Adelaide, South Australia. He’s had a business with surgeons for 20 years. In his 50s he wanted a more creative outlet and started writing. He wrote the no Recipe Cookbook for people who don’t cook and the Careers for Kids picture book series.
[00:03:56] – As a child, she was born with congenital hip dysplasia. she started school in a wheelchair, and she had mixed-race parents.
[00:10:19] – 80% of chronic disease, diabetes, and heart disease is preventable. 40% of cancers are preventable. But people only get motivated when they get a bad diagnosis. The quality of their life in the second half of the last 50 years is going to be determined by the actions they took in the first 50 years. The biggest impact is if she can get in with picture books early to kids to change stereotypes the way they think.
[00:19:46] – There are only 4% of surgeons in Australia are women. When she did her surgical training more than 20 years ago, she was the first to do a particular specialty in South Australia. She never had the opportunity to work with a female surgeon through the whole of her medical school and surgical training after more than 15 years. When she was qualified, she went to another state and worked with a woman ten years her senior and the first woman to do urology for the whole Australia New Zealand.
[00:26:31] – Altovise advises The #Speakeasy Podcast listeners to look for people like Dr. Samantha Pillay who have created doors of opportunity for other people. She also advises them to check out her website, Samanthapillay.com, which has all her social media links and links to the books.
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