Here are some words of wisdom that may help keep you going:
Whats the best advice you’ve been given?
- Nothing fails like success
- When you need to get something done, it is easier to ask for forgiveness than permission.
- People will always know the answers but they likely don’t understand the questions
- How to say “no”— politely. As physicians we have people from every direction pulling at us and if one doesn’t learn how to say “no” they will be crushed under the load.
- Have a plan for your life or someone else will
- Don’t let perfect be the enemy of good.
- A successful person is one that tried once more after failing.
- Don’t force it.
- If you want to live a full life, write the eulogy you want read at your own funeral, then work backwards to make it true.
- Don’t be an asshole. – My father
- If you don’t like your job, quit. Then go learn about Direct primary care.
Fake it till you make it.
- An attending in residency said this to me, and I’ve had to repeat it almost every day in practice: “If you care more about a patient than they care about themselves, you just end up banging your head on a wall.”
Always remember that the word “cure” has 2 meanings. 1. To rid of disease. 2. To preserve aging meat through a chemical process.
- When dealing with patients and pharmaceuticals, always keep in mind which definition you are following.
- Hard work trumps talent almost every time .
- “Why do you waste so much time worrying about shit that you don’t have any control over?” – Some drunk guy at a bar in college.
- From one of my attendings, “Good clinical judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad clinical judgement.”
- Be true to yourself.