FFT: Don’t Dream Of Becoming A Doctor, Dream Bigger

Dream Big then Bigger

If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough.  -Muhammad Ali

Food For Thought: Don’t Dream Of Becoming A Doctor, Dream Bigger

Don’t dream of becoming a doctor! That is not big dream enough! Dream bigger! Dream of curing cancer and in the process become a doctor.

Since age 5 or 6, I dreamt of becoming a doctor. Why? I don’t know; perhaps, I desired to help people since that was my nature. Deciding my future at that early age paved a path that I was prepared to navigate. It made choices easy and the sacrifices expected.

When I became a doctor, dreaming stopped. I worked hard and got into the routine of living life: A working single mom raising two active, athletic boys. Also, after 20+ years in clinical medicine, I felt unchallenged. Patient care required minimal brain power and more clerical skills as the years passed.

I wasn’t prepared to leave medicine, wasn’t ready to be a patient and hadn’t thought about a future without medicine. The first few years of leaving medicine, I felt useless; my education had no value. I knew nothing but medicine. Here I was starting over at my age. It took years for me to figure out what I wanted. It wasn’t easy and took time. The earlier you start planning your future, the better your chances of success, happiness, and inner peace.

If your children are older like mine, remind them to dream big then dream bigger. When you remind them, it doesn’t matter if it seems impossible and they ignore you, continue to tell them anyway. They listen if you repeat it often enough. If your child comes up with something that seems impossible, don’t knock reality into them. Encourage them to dream even bigger. Have confidence they will figure it out.

For those lucky enough to have babies that’s the best time to start preparing your child to dream big by giving them the confidence to dream big and then bigger.  #DreamBig

Dream Big then Bigger
Dream Big then Bigger


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Author: Angela Grant

Angela Grant is a medical doctor. For 22 years, she practiced emergency medicine and internal medicine. She studied for one year at Harvard T. H Chan School Of Public Health. She writes about culture, race, and health.

18 thoughts on “FFT: Don’t Dream Of Becoming A Doctor, Dream Bigger

            1. Examples, eh? For one, I’m writing. Two, my focus changed. Three, I’m also working on EE, a decentralized autonomous content publishing platform.

              I ‘m at the point where I need to challenge myself and step out into the world again. That’ll be different, it may take a bit before I’m comfortable.

              A year ago I didn’t imagine me around to say the above. I was in a deep hole, sinking deeper. I couldn’t breathe.

            2. Sounds more like tools. Not examples of how you made the world a “better place”.

              Um…….we already had a discussion about what you wanted almost 2 years ago, remember?

            3. Tools to make the world better. I am working on a project to make the world better.

              I do remember. Wow, was it 2 years ago? The project centers on publishing. Haven’t given up the dream.

            4. Yes, the technology is now available to make your EE project succeed. Think of the preceding few yours as part of its vision and preparation. Next stage is the execution, which will draw upon the management skills you learnt in that long medical career. xx

  1. I now have known you for a few years, Angela, and based on your personality type ‘ENFP’ and the strengths I’ve seen you display, you have a divergent thinking brain though ‘right-brain’ dominant. If you had me as your careers advisor back in school, I would have strongly advised be a medical/pharmaceutical scientist/technologist rather than a doctor, as the latter more suits a ‘left-brain’ dominant divergent thinker (not linear thinker though like most “left brainers”). Such medics seem happy to do that one career for decades and spend much of their time administering. You, on the other hand, strongly need to be creative and continually looking for great ideas. I bet you much daydream?

    Anyway, you’re here now, and as I wrote in the previous comment, utilise what you already have achieved and now do what you want to do.

    Good Luck….

    1. ENFP? Careful with those so called personality types. And certainly with that MB Type Indicator.

      Anyway…….. ENFP’s can be easily tripped up in areas where their idealism and passion are more of a liability than an asset. Whether it is navigating interpersonal conflicts, confronting unpleasant facts, pursuing self-realization, or finding a career path that aligns well with their inner core, they may face numerous challenges that at times can even make them question who they really are.


      1. Going with the results from only one “test” is unwise, and also furthers confirmation bias.

        Btw, when I hear “type” I’m lmao. From what I saw, I had to conclude that people are harboring more “types” than one. Take me for instance. Many “types” (even contradicting each other by vanilla standards) carried around by one body.

        1. I agree. The test is a cross section in time. As people change so will the results especially for those whose results fall in the middle.

          Yeah. remember when I thought you were from the island? 😀

    2. Hi Pete, I used to daydream. 🙂

      I read up on my Myer-Briggs personality type again ENFP really is me. They say the test reflect a point in time. Stronger correlation if your scores are at either extremes.

      Interesting stuff.

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