Five Tips for Success from Dr. Gregory House’s Eccentric Practices

Five Tips for Success from Dr. Gregory House’s Eccentric Practices

Dr. House is a fictional character from the television series, “House, M.D”, played by one of the most phenomenal actors, Hugh Laurie. I fell in love with this character and you will too if you are a fan of sarcasm. Before we talk about how his practices can benefit your business, let me explain his character.

Dr. House is a medical marvel who leads a team of diagnosticians at Princeton Plainsboro Teaching Hospital (fictional) in New Jersey. Anti-social, witty, and a bank of sarcastic comments, House is loathed by almost the entire hospital for his inability to act with compassion. His character has a philosophy that very few appreciate. It may be difficult to see that such a character could have anything to teach that could augment your business, but he does. Let me spell it out for you!


Everybody lies.

This is the most commonly used phrase by Gregory House in the show. The eccentric character believes that everybody lies including his patients who are on the verge of death and swear that they are telling the truth. He never trusts his patients with even nugatory things such as the quality of food. Similarly, when you meet a salesperson who promises you to convert your users into buyers, don’t blindly trust them. Experiment by changing the targets to find out their potential. The same applies to product designers who promise to deliver a design in a super short amount of time, developers who claim to be great coders, and senior managers who promise to keep an open mind. Everybody lies. As a business owner you must seek the truth.

Exchange of ideas results in inspiration.

The most intriguing thing about House’s diagnostics technique was that he never came to a conclusion on his own. Differential diagnosis was the technique wherein his teammates would discuss possibilities. During these discussions he would get an idea that lead him to the root of the disease. You can apply this technique to achieve relevant solutions for your business problems. Do not let advisors advise you. You will have “n” number of ideas from “n” number of advisors. If you want results, let them discuss their views in front of you. Let them debate with each other and strive to prove their points. You will find the best solution from such a discussion.


Introspect to perceive your company’s strong suit.

House took only unusual cases which had the probability of satisfying his puzzle-solving instincts. These were cases which nobody else could correctly diagnose. Such medical puzzles were solved by House and this became the hospital’s forte. A company without any unique service or product cannot survive the tight competition in the market and will always remain mediocre in sales and profit.

One of my friend’s Inc Verified content marketing company, Write Right, is reputable only because the founder Bhavik Sarkhedi, an author of “The Weak Point Dealer”, believes in giving clients the one thing that other firms can’t which is his personal final touch.  You must have something that your adversaries do not offer or are not skilled at to boost your organization’s business.


Taking risks brings you one step closer to your goal.

This might seem risky, but Greg House often treated patients without testing. Time being the most crucial factor in diagnostically impossible cases, House found tests to be useless. There are a number of instances when he risked his career to execute what he thought was right to save a patient’s life. In business we cannot usually go to this extinct, but taking too long to make a critical decision can harm your business. Take risks and learn from your mistakes, because fear of failure can make your business stagnant.

Bust your stress to release your creativity.

When nothing seemed to fit and nothing had worked, House preferred to sit alone, stare at the wall, play with his cane, and use his “ball” to play and think. Stress is an issue for every business owner but it can be turned around. Engage your mind in an activity that you love and ditch the pressure. Stress-busting has often led business tycoons to come up with novel approaches for their issues.


These examples of House’s practices can change your business. Integrate them and enjoy the benefit to your business.

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22 Happy Quotes About the Meaning of True Happiness

22 Happy Quotes About the Meaning of True Happiness

Everyone chases after happiness, but few understand where it comes from. There is no single definition of happiness. Happiness really isn’t a destination, but a journey that you’re experiencing every single day — embracing the negative and the positive.

These 22 happy quotes will help you understand the true meaning of happiness and hopefully you’ll stop finding happiness and start experiencing it.

The only thing that will make you happy is being happy with who you are, and not who people think you are. — Goldie Hawn

    The talent for being happy is appreciating and liking what you have, instead of what you don’t have. — Woody Allen

      The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things. — Henry Ward Beecher


        Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude. — Denis Waitley

          Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present. — Jim Rohn

            There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved. — George Sand

              Happiness is a choice. You can choose to be happy. There’s going to be stress in life, but it’s your choice whether you let it affect you or not. — Valerie Bertinelli

                Happiness radiates like the fragrance from a flower and draws all good things towards you. — Maharishi Mahesh Yogi


                  Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. — Buddha

                    Happiness doesn’t depend on any external conditions, it is governed by our mental attitude. — Dale Carnegie

                      Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. — Mahatma Gandhi

                        The key to being happy is knowing you have the power to choose what to accept and what to let go. — Dodinsky

                          Train your mind to see the good in everything. Positivity is a choice. The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts.


                            Two things prevent us from happiness; living in the past and observing others.

                              You deserve to be happy. You deserve to live a life you are excited about. Don’t let others make you forget that.

                                Happiness comes when we stop complaining about the troubles we have and offer thanks for all the troubles we don’t have.

                                  A mind always employed is always happy. This is the true secret, the grand recipe, for felicity. — Thomas Jefferson

                                    The belief that youth is the happiest time of life is founded on a fallacy. The happiest person is the person who thinks the most interesting thoughts, and we grow happier as we grow older. — William Phelps


                                      When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us. — Helen Keller

                                        The secret to happiness is freedom… And the secret to freedom is courage. — Thucydides

                                          It’s kind of overwhelming right now, … I can barely walk. I’m tired and sore, but really happy to have finished. — Chris Connelly

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