Who’s a successful doctor? Especially when we can succeed or fail in a number of ways like financially, in family, career, friendships and society… all these are important and yet it is hard to succeed in all of them. All of these have the potential to be of great concern in choosing a specialty as a doctor or any career for that matter. But I also think that for all health professionals, one thing remains most important by far and that is patient care. Care for the patient is still more important than any other factor because of the nature of the commitment we made when we first set out on this journey, to be the protectors of life and good health and these, life and good health, are invaluable.
Since this Saturday will be graduation at MUST, I thought I’d post something graduation related…
So I often think about my graduation, the speech I would make and the kind of party I would throw. I often think of it as a happy day, a land mark in my education and a gateway to new horizons. What doesn’t cross my mind so often on that day is the jungle out there, the unemployment, underemployment and miss-employment. Will I even end up working as a doctor or is this merely a title I will leverage to work in a totally unrelated field?
It is the holidays and I couldn’t be any less industrious. I sleep 12 hours a day and eat and nap most of the remaining 12 hours of the day. With no lectures, no assignments and no exams to worry about, I pretty much have nothing else to do.
What could a total failure teach you on success? Failure; because the failure has become an expert on how to fail.
As I reflect on all failed relationships and projects I have embarked on in my short life, I make the unwelcome realization that I learned my best lessons when I failed than when I succeeded. And so far I have failed a lot so I have learned a lot.
So here is one sure way to fail, give people discounts. Ever seen those shops in the mall that always have a discount offer plastered on their windows? How often do you rush in? Maybe once; twice if a friend dragged you in; maybe never? How about those shops that make limited offers, like “while stocks last,” or till a given date? How often do you rush into one of these? Maybe always?
If you must give people a discount, make it clear that the offer won’t last forever. And the longer the offer is available, the longer they assume that the discount price is in fact the real price. The offer is no longer as exciting and the goods no longer as valuable.
And don’t lower your price just because your goodies are not selling. Be patient, learn to hoard. Buy a refrigerator for the perishables and keep the grains in a cool dry place. Learn the dynamics of the market place so that you know just when to sell for a reasonable price.
My point is, every one has to earn their place in your heart. Yes, even family; and yes, even deities. If they value it, they will pay for it; if they don’t, they won’t take it for free.
I write this after going through a break-up that was long overdue. And I have gone through a couple this year that were really life changing. And I don’t regret them because now I know just how far I will go to make room for a person/people/deity in my life. Without these break-ups every relationship that would follow would be at risk of dying the same way.
In a nut shell, I am hoarding my goodies. 😉
Image credit: Store-Deep-Discounts
I feel severely unaccomplished; and having friends that are taking strides in their careers is not helping the anxiety either. For example, a couple of friends started this ICT company way back then and now it is something to reckon with. Another made a security app that he sold for several thousand dollars and retained the rights to it so he is still making several thousand dollars! Another still is a musician with a few records to her name that I like so much it’s almost religious.
Meanwhile I have completed a course in anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, microbiology, pharmacology, health psychology, control of communicable diseases, epidemiology, internal medicine, surgery, pediatrics and obstetrics to mention but a few. Point is, I have not been seated on my butt; no, I have worked my ass off if only to remain afloat for so long. However, unlike my friends in the sciences, arts and humanities, I don’t have a physical flag to show that I conquered these lands.
Some colleagues of mine in the same dilemma have consoled themselves by saying that they will definitely achieve greater things than them (non-medics), as if to say that medicine is inherently superior to all other things; but I say, who’s to say what’s better? Success in the medical vocations is much unlike success anywhere else I dare say. Where others create, innovate or at least build, success in medicine is much more about copying and perfecting the ways of your predecessors and that I believe is for a good reason.
Nonetheless, I still desire to experience the kind of success that my friends in the sciences, arts and humanities enjoy; to say I made this,I came up with this or at least I created this. And this is not to say that I am dissatisfied with my choices so far but that there is more to me than the vocation of medicine and surgery. I want to be recognized beyond the walls of the wards and the confines of an operating room.
I want a time to come when people will look to a thing and say, “This was made by [Me]”
Featured image: The Mona Lisa