17 June 2010, by tpotisk
Doctors need personal growth. LOL! Who ever said we were perfect?
Have you ever heard the expression “Fake it till you make it” or, how about “Act as if?” Well, inventing yourself to become a successful doctor and having a strong identity is best done that way beyond the typical book work – that is by copying and pretending. I’m not contradicting my belief that we are all born with a purpose. No, not at all! That’s why you’re a doctor. You felt or sensed a calling to better the lives of others by tending to their health needs; and that’s very honorable. But once you’ve got that figured out, and jumped through all the hoops to get the degrees and licenses to be a doctor, then you need polish. You need to get the details, the tricks-of-the-trade, the ins and outs of a successful career, the ‘what- to- dos and what- not- to- dos’, and this is best done by finding somebody who has already done it – I call them “giants”, watching them, and then copying at least some of what they do.
This is known as inventing one’s self. One of the necessities of having a fulfilling, rewarding, exciting life is to never stop inventing yourself, in fact, be constantly reinventing yourself! The reality of being a doctor, whether you like it or not, is that it is some what of a performance for patients; and they are increasingly demanding fresh material.
Just one of many demands that come with being a doc. LOL.
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“Even if you’re on the right track, if you don’t keep moving, you’ll get run over.” -Mark Twain
If you’re a veteran doc and find yourself saying here, “I am one of the giants.” You need this chapter; because true giants don’t recognize themselves as such, that’s one of the criteria – humility.
Some will ask, “Isn’t following giants the same as getting a mentor?” The answer is no because mentoring involves finding someone to personally look over and guide us. That may work well in some instances but usually isn’t practical with doctors because, let’s face it, most of us are egomaniacs – we want to make our own decisions. Sure, you probably can figure it all out yourself, find your own way, and perhaps even learn from all the mistakes you’ll make. But gee whiz, why do you want to make it so hard on yourself. Not only that but, the public, the patients you serve, are deserving and expecting you to learn from those before you. I wouldn’t want to go to a doctor and be an experiment, someone to learn on, would you? And this reinforces your responsibility to be a partner in your patient’s health – they deserve and demand that you have as much experience as possible, and learning from giants in your profession is one of the best ways for you to get that experience.
Now, some of you reading this are probably already raising your walls of resistance and muttering ‘Nobody is going to tell me what to do!’ or ‘I already know what my practice will be like, how I’ll talk to patients, treat them, etc.” Well, congratulations on your confidence, but let me ask you, ‘Don’t you think that maybe you’d pick up a little something useful? Maybe even clarifying for yourself what you don’t want to do?’
So you see, watching, observing, listening, and learning from somebody who has already been successful is an action that can’t fail. Of course, I’m referring only to ethical actions, done for the good of a patient.
Hey doc, take a look around. Who could you learn from?