This is going to be a multi-part post, because as I started writing it I realized how much I have to say on the subject. I’ve actually thought of writing a book called “How to Succeed in Medical School Without Really Trying.” I’ll keep you posted if that ever comes out.
First, an introduction to the concept:
Those of you who know me appreciate that “work smarter, not harder” is one of my primary life philosophies. I started discovering these principles in medical school, as it quickly became apparent that there were nowhere near enough hours in the day to learn everything I was supposed to learn and do everything expected of me. Medical school has been likened to drinking from a fire hydrant, which is an apt analogy. Out of necessity I started looking at what activities I could eliminate in order to free up time to do the things that were really important. The concept grew from working efficiently so I could do well academically to working less so I could live more (to borrow from The 4-Hour Work Week). “Success” means different things to different people, and no one’s definition is more valid than anyone else’s. The point is to decide what is important to you, and then ambitiously, unapologetically, pursue it. For me, I discovered during medical school that I don’t actually enjoy working that much, especially within a monstrous bureaucratic system. I’d much rather use my time to write, create, and share helpful information with people (a different type of “working,” I suppose). Your goals might be entirely different from mine, but the principles will still apply.
The first three tenets of my philosophy are: [Read more…]