I have a confession to make. I’m being unfaithful…
… to my job and current career. I’m looking outside of Medicine for professional fulfilment *gasp*
This might sound crazy to some people, and I totally get why. How is a career based on caring for others, providing comfort, and facilitating life-saving interventions (while making a decent earning, I might add) not fulfilling?!
I recognize that being a doctor is many people’s life-long dream and don’t get me wrong, I absolutely enjoy my job as an ER physician. But that’s just it – to me, it’s a job. It’s a 7.30am to 4.30pm/4.30pm to midnight/midnight to 8am J-O-B.
There, I said it.
If I had to talk about one thing for the rest of my life, it would not be what I have accomplished at work as a doctor. I’m more likely to get excited about how I got to where I am today, teaching people how to navigate the application system, write a personal statement and put their best foot forward in an interview.
My work in the ER (other than worrying about a patient I may have discharged too soon) does not keep me up at night. Teaching and writing on the other hand… those are things I’m willing to stay up all day and all night doing!
Besides, I do not plan to work solely as a doctor until the day I die. But I do plan to broaden the scope of my professional life, enjoy financial freedom and the joys of having multiple streams of passive income that outlive me (after living a very long life, God-willing). And how does one accomplish that? Well, this is something I am currently learning about.
In the next post I’ll be sharing some books I plan to read to help me along this exciting new journey.
For the record, I am not planning on quitting my job… I enjoy what I do too much. Plus, my husband keeps reminding me the bride-price he paid was for an M.D. And my father has reminded me many times in the past that I am an “investment”. I am yet to give him his returns. Lol!