Non-Clinical Careers for Physicians.
How to Find a Career Direction, Part Four, by William S. Frank
TRAPS along the way . . .
Trap #1: Confusing the WHAT with the HOW.
Trap #2: Working 80-100 hour weeks.
Trap #3: Confiding in the wrong family and friends.
I have a friend named Barbara. If I told her I was writing a new book, she's say, "I love everything you write. If you write a book, I'll buy 100 copies." I have a second friend named Mike. If I told him I was writing a new book, he'd say, "Are you aware 75,000 new titles are published every year? I doubt you'll even get a publisher." Think carefully before sharing your dreams, confusion, uncertainty, or future plans with friends and family.
Trap #4: Making money your primary objective.
Think about the physicians you know. How many earning a lot of money are also extraordinarily unhappy? Repeated research by The Society for Human Resources Management shows compensation to be number six or seven as work satisfiers. My experience tells me that those who love their work can ultimately earn more than those who don't.
Trap #5: Keeping your options open.
Trap #6: Rushing to marketgetting your resume "out there."
What is the key message of this talk? Your mother was right, "Everything IS going to be OKYou just hafta BE YOURSELF!"
Your direction is already inside you . . . stamped in your DNA. In your likes/dislikes . . . aptitudes . . . personality . . . in your LIFE HISTORY. Your career direction is WHO YOU ARE.
Your VALUEall caps the word VALUEin the marketplace is that you are unique and special, one of a kind.
If you follow what's in your heart, it will serve as a COMPASS. You'll eliminate 99% of 75 industries, 99% of 100,000 job titles, and 14MM companies. You'll be left with a VERY SMALL area of the targetthe BULLSEYE.
As you move forward on your journey, keep Harold Kushner close at hand. Remember that . . .
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