Tour for Diversity in Medicine

#T4DPacNW Day 2: Investment in Self

Putting yourself first is not selfish; it’s simply an investment in self.

In the quest for self-discovery, you may be faced with tough choices. Perhaps, you may migrate toward individuals who are ambitious and also aspiring for a career in medicine often resulting in leaving old friends behind. At other times, you may ponder leaving your hometown and family obligations in pursuit of higher education. These are never easy decisions, but sacrifices made for the greater good of reaching ones goals. As much as we want to believe everyone in our corner is a cheerleader, often the people who are closest can be the greatest distractors. They intentionally mean no harm, but by default possess the ability to make you feel guilty about choice made.

Here’s a tip – Try to envision how making interim sacrifices will benefit you and your family in the long-term.

There were various stages of my life when I walked away from things familiar in order to find greater purpose. It didn’t make me a selfish person; it simply heightened my desire to “invest in self”. It takes courage, confidence, and commitment to abandon your comfort zone, gravitate toward uncertainty, and embrace change. However, if you do not learn to champion your own cause don’t expect others to do it for you. Successful people are driven by passion and purpose.…learn to be your best advocate!

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