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I had a career in software before I became a doctor. I wasn't really suited for that life, but I did learn some valuable lessons from corporate America that I can apply to medicine:


Nothing gets accomplished in meetings, except scheduling more meetings. Never trust anyone who is always in meetings and never take a job that requires you to be in endless meetings

The best skills you can have in most jobs is being able to write clearly and effectively (especially in email); and the ability to formulate a thought and speak convincingly in front of groups of people (large or small)

You're always going to have shitty bosses, no matter what profession you're in. Use them to get what you can. When they criticize you, take what is true as good and valuable feedback. Ignore the rest and don't let it define you.

There is always office gossip. It's been around since the pyramids were being built, I'm sure. Avoid it as much as possible. When it's about you, brush it off. Don't let it get you down

Companies aren't loyal to you, so you shouldn't give them your loyalty. If a company wrongs you or doesn't correct a wrong that's being done to you after you've raised the issue, find another job. Don't be afraid to leave

(This is one of the most valuable lessons)

You should be loyal to the people around you on a day-to-day basis. Your co-workers are what make a job meaningful

I've seen a number of people get frustrated with medicine when they find out that it's a job and can be a real grind. But it's one of the best jobs out there. It beats the cubicled corporate world every single time.

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