Published on October 15th, 2019 | by Brandon H0
Dr. Thomas Taylor
Losing weight is an incredibly difficult thing to do for most people. There are dozens of factors that prohibit people from losing weight at the rate that they want to. Diet, exercise, genetics, and environmental factors can cause a person to retain weight. While there are dozens of exercise programs that are designed to help you lose weight, they are oftentimes a one-size-fits-all regimen that doesn’t cater to individual needs. Fortunately, people like Dr. Thomas Taylor have helped people lose weight over the years through the power of bariatric surgery. Based in Houston, TX, Dr. Thomas Taylor has dedicated his life to ensuring that people can get a jumpstart on their weight loss journey.
Dr. Taylor has written dozens of books that have helped people understand the different ways that you can lose weight and live a happy life. His most famous book is called “Overcoming Obesity” and is available for purchase right now. Dr. Taylor continues to work in the medical industry as a leader who puts the patient first. Let’s take a look at some of Dr. Taylor’s successful habits and how you can emulate them in your normal routine.
What are some important things you’ve learned in your career path?
The single most important thing that I have learned in the medical industry is that the patient should always come first. There are many medical organizations that do not have the patient’s best interests in mind. I always make sure to cultivate a healthy relationship with my patients. It is so important to focus on patients first. It is a truly gratifying feeling knowing that you made a positive impact in someone else’s life through your work. While money is important, it will lead you to burn out eventually.
The second thing that I learned is that persistence is key. I used to give up fairly quickly when I was a child. I would get frustrated with things that did not come easy to me. However, the medical industry pushed me to become a better version of myself. There is no place for weak wills here in this industry. You have to keep pushing yourself each day in order to become better at what you do. Success will not simply come rushing towards you. Cultivating a student-like mindset where you are always learning is crucial for success. Stagnation means you are doing something wrong.
Aspirations for the next five years?
I want to help as many people as I possibly can in my lifetime. I plan on expanding my business operations in order to achieve this goal. We are currently looking to open another location in our city. This will allow us to reach out to more people and help them with their weight loss goals. I cannot become stagnant when it comes to giving back to the people. I plan on doubling my efforts to help people receive the body that they have always wanted.
One prediction about the future?
I have a strong feeling that technology is going to enhance the medical field even further. There are dozens of studies going around showing the effectiveness of virtual reality training for med school students. It is an astounding breakthrough that is helping many people learn effectively. I support any and all technological programs that can help our med students learn in a safer and supervised environment. I wish that we had some of the technology that is out there now when I was in school. I see a bright future for the industry in the next five years if these trends continue.
What’s your biggest professional accomplishment?
My biggest professional accomplishment is whenever I helped someone overcome their weight problems. Although I have helped dozens of people with their weight issues over the years, one particular case was an incredibly emotional one. A woman had approached me and told me that she was having suicidal thoughts because of her weight. She did not feel attractive, could not find a mate and did not feel confident when it came to her job. She didn’t know where to turn and was considering killing herself.
I took the time to talk to her about her issues and told her that I could help her. She underwent bariatric surgery that was performed by me and found herself losing weight rapidly. She finally achieved the body that she had always wanted and was incredibly happy. She told me that she found a boyfriend, got a promotion at her job, and all around felt more confident. It was extremely gratifying hearing the good news and knowing that I was responsible for all of it. This was by far the proudest moment in my career and I think about this memory fairly often.
Do you have any advice for other bariatric professionals?
I recommend having an altruistic approach to this industry. It is very easy to be tempted by the money that this industry can provide to you. However, you must remember that you are doing this for someone else’s health. You are providing them with a service that they cannot get anywhere else. That is why it is important to make sure you are approaching this with the best intentions possible. Patients will read through you and know if you are only doing it for the money. This can even cause you to lose potential patients.
Do you have any advice for prospective bariatric patients?
The single most important thing that you can do for yourself is to practice healthy habits. While bariatric surgeries can help you lose weight, you still have to practice healthy eating habits and exercise regularly. Failure to do so can hurt your body in the long run if you are not careful. I provide my patients with healthy lifestyle information before and after procedures. My door is always open to those who wish to find out more about habits that can help them improve their lives. Stay vigilant to experience your best life.