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