If I have any choice in the matter I will choose a medical specialty that I am good at. I don’t care if it makes no money at all. My over bearing parents are hinting that I should focus on the so called ROAD specialties ( the high paying lifestyle ones) if i get the opportunity. This is ridiculous. I could not imagine spending my life doing something I am not particularly good at. I don’t care how much money it makes.
Medical school has taught me that pursuing activities that you have a natural aptitude towards is the greatest element to being successful. Being an underdog is not cool or glamorous. It’s overrated and inefficient. Good things do come easy. Do you think Michael Jordan really had to struggle to play basketball? Yes he worked hard to enhance his already amazing talent level, but the foundation was already set by his genetics. There are many people in the NBA that work harder than Jordan and will never even smell an NBA championship.
Allen Iverson is one of the best NBA players of all time. He was a league MVP and an All Star player. He will probably be in the NBA hall of fame soon. This guy is a perfect example of raw talent trumping foolish determination. This man did not even practice. He hated practice. Yet he single-handedly lead his team to multiple victories. Talent is essential to success. You may achieve success without talent but it is a hard horrible journey. That time could have been spent perfecting your talent. I know this first hand. I have no talent for clinical medicine.
Hard work is important. But hard work without talent is foolish. Why waste your time trying to master something that you were never meant to be good at. There is a movie about an underdog called Rudy. This guy worked very hard to make the college football team but he was never good. He was undersized and not athletic. This guy persevered, and persevered and persevered and still did not make it. The closest he came to playing was a moment of pity the coach had for him. They reluctantly let him in the game for a few minutes. With all his dedication Rudy never amounted to anything more than just an admired charity case. He could have put that time into something he was half decent at and become a master. What an idiot. For as much heart that Rudy had….he never made the NFL. I have realized medicine is not my talent so I must work hard as heck at it. The problem is that nobody cares if you work hard. They just want to see results.