What are you passionate about? Is it really medicine, or is medicine just a guaranteed way to make a nice buck?
If you were to win $100 million in the lottery tomorrow, would you continue to do the same things you are doing now, or that you have planned to do in the future?
The question posed above is important. It’s the “truth” question. Be truthful with yourself and you’ll discover if you’re really passionate about medicine, your job, or whatever it is that you do to put food on the table.
For me, I would definitely continue along the same path that I’m on right now if I won the lottery. I absolutely love the things that I am doing, and I would do them for free if I had to. It is certainly nice that it puts a decent paycheck into my hands each month, but that’s not the point. I know I’m in the right place.
My grandfather never went to college and worked as a machinist in a plant for a good portion of his life. Very typical blue-collar work that is common for my family. He couldn’t tell me about complex chemical formulas, or the physiological changes of the human body during pregnancy. Instead, he taught me how to fix lawnmowers and cars when they broke down, and how to do odd jobs around the house.
Despite that fact that the had very little formal education, my grandfather was very “street smart.” He had lived life, and realized the mistakes that he had made. Mistakes that he could look back on and see, but that he couldn’t do much about for himself personally. He truly cared for me and wanted to change my life, to share with me some shred of information so that I could have something that he never did. One day before he passed away, he did just that.
“Find something that you love doing so much that you would do it for free, and then find a way to make a living doing it. If you can accomplish this, you’ll never work a day in your life.”
Take that to heart. I did, and it truly did change my life.