Columbia University professor and ExamOne partner and medical examiner Dr. Eli Joseph could make anyone feel they’re in good hands, regardless of his considerable credentials. Dr. Joseph’s manner, literarily speaking, is Clintonesque in its appeal. He has a way of cutting through to the heart of the matter, but never doing so in a way minimizing factual integrity, intelligence, or an overall sense of three hundred and sixty degree grace.


Dr. Joseph’s new book is titled The Perfect Rejection Resume: A Reader’s Guide to Building a Career Through Failure. Unlike many statistically-backed, grownup motivational reads, The Perfect Rejection Resume displays a refreshing worldliness and honesty. It doesn’t promise the reader a faux roadmap leading to their desired destination, rather through keen observational tendencies, actual real-world examples, and precise, step-by-step motivational psychology and methodology a pathway towards realizing one’s goals. In the process, Dr. Joseph is quick to point out, one can often find new opportunities appealing even more than what set them on the aforementioned pathway in the first place.

At the end of the day, it boils down to a healthy sense of the world around you, coupled with pros and cons, advantages and challenges, and the approach you choose in response to those pros and cons. The journey, he is quick to point out, in many ways is more paramount than the destination. There is no actual, literal guarantee one will reach their one hundred percent, self-predetermined goalpost exactly as they intended. Rather, it’s good in his eyes to set goals, but utilize opportunities appearing along the way – sometimes making one’s sense of purpose and accomplishment all the more amorphous. It’s a process that’s for the best, but one’s ability to utilize left turns is key…

“Everyone falls and loses now and again. Only the resilient— those with the black Air Force One mentality—know how to categorize that loss and use it as fuel to move on…Behind every experience you have is an opportunity to reject fault and embrace a more forthright attitude. As they say, when life hands you lemons you can choose to make a sour face at it or attempt to make lemonade,” Dr. Joseph writes in this vein. “…The best resources for a productive life usually exist in the people we associate with. In the workplace, these are often mentors or high valued professionals and executives.

They are the ones that can teach us great things and since they often make the rules, they can easily make exceptions to the rules—if they want to…Summits, conferences, professional endeavors, and academic settings also have this type of setup. Some people are more influential and what they say carries weight. You have to learn how to get yourself noticed and talked about in a favorable way to be considered worthy of making an exception for seeming snotty, but it is the way life works, and that is okay.”


Through articulating it so simply, but without coming across as high-handed, Dr. Joseph utilizes both a psychological and direct set of fact-based angles pushing forward his philosophy on success. It might not be for everyone to hear, but it is for everyone who wants to achieve it.

Kendall Townsend