Dr. Ruth Gotian: How To Go From Average To High-Achieving

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Dr. Ruth Gotian has built an illustrious career helping high achievers find even bigger success. Today she’s spilling her secrets. During our conversation, she breaks down the top four things it really takes to achieve your goals, and reveals the true importance of opening up to fresh perspectives.


Topics include:

  • How to go from average to A+
  • Why success is all about having a strong foundation
  • Focusing your attention on the how and not the if
  • Discovering what is really motivating you (and lighting that spark again)
  • Craving new ways to approach challenges
  • Why the most successful people are mentors
  • Not letting your ego get in your own way
  • Why only weak leaders are threatened by younger generations
  • Teaching is learning twice (and what that means)
  • Why it’s okay to say I don’t know
  • Why figuring out which learning style works for you is critical (and how to do it)
  • And so much more!

Dr. Ruth Gotian is the Chief Learning Officer and Assistant Professor of Education in Anesthesiology and former Assistant Dean of Mentoring and Executive Director of the Mentoring Academy at Weill Cornell Medicine. She has been hailed by the journal Nature and Columbia University as an expert in mentoring and leadership development and is currently a contributor to Forbes and Psychology Today where she writes about ‘optimizing success’. She also has a weekly show by the same name where she gathers high achievers to talk about their journey to success.

During her extensive career, she has personally coached and mentored thousands of people ranging from undergraduates to faculty members. As Assistant Dean for Mentoring, she oversaw the success of nearly 1,800 faculty members at Weill Cornell Medicine. Currently, she researches the most successful people of our generation, including Nobel laureates, astronauts, CEOs and Olympians, in order to learn about their habits and practices so that we may optimize our own success.

Dr. Gotian received her B.S. and M.S. in Business Management from the University at Stony Brook in New York and certificates in Executive Leadership and Managing for Execution from Cornell University. She earned her doctorate at Teachers College Columbia University where she studied Adult Learning and Leadership and focused her research on optimizing success.

Dr. Gotian publishes in both medical education and lay journals on topics ranging from networking, mentoring, leadership development and optimizing success and has given talks on the topic all over the globe. She regularly publishes in such journals as Nature, Scientific American, Academic Medicine, Forbes and Harvard Business Review. She is the co-editor of a book on medical education, won numerous mentoring awards and is currently working on a book on the 35 best places to find a mentor.


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