Tom Brennan co-founded EirGen Pharma in 2005. The company has since successfully completed the development and commercialization of many drugs in the oncology area from its US FDA-approved facility in Waterford. The company was acquired in May 2015 by Miami-based NASDAQ listed OPKO Health Inc. for $135 Million. Tom has been nominated for, and won, numerous awards.
Today, Tom joins me to talk about how he lives with a glass-half-full attitude. He talks about how changes in perspective have led to changes in his motivations and interests. We discuss the importance of health and the value of small steps. We talk about why, to build grit, you need to become comfortable being uncomfortable. Tom shares how he copes with negative thoughts and offers the strategy of becoming the observer of your thoughts instead of letting them envelop you as feelings. We talk about habits, and why they can be more powerful even than your DNA in determining your health. Tom discusses his ongoing research on the benefits of intermittent fasting, and we talk about the value of pets. Finally, Tom shares his three main takeaways from our conversation.
“I take time to stand back and label thoughts, especially negative ones, and try and compartmentalize them and stand back from them. And it works well because I find then, more times than not, the glass is certainly half full.”
– Tom Brennan
This week on In the Doctor’s Chair
- Adding life to your years, not years to your life
- Focusing on progress over perfection
- The value of being uncomfortable
- Building grit through resilience
- What is success
- Coping with negative thoughts
- The value of good habits
- Intermittent fasting and pets