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Make $350k sooner or seven figures a few years later with less flexibility?
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RE: Make $350k sooner or seven figures a few years later with less flexibility?
It amazes me how many people can go into medicine purely for status/monetary ambitions. Nothing against this, the world will never not need physicians and whatever reasons people do it all the more power to them. I think perhaps there are far more MDs who do so for status/monetary reasons than perhaps care to admit - but I just think the work and effort required vs. how many other ways you can potentially make money in life (if that was your only ambition) seems a little Confused

Being a nurse, I've considered the path myself over the years. But TBH - I couldn't bring myself to justify the work required vs. the payoffs (let alone even if I managed to satisfy the requisite criteria/interview process to even get into med school). The long hours, the sacrifices to your lifestyle overall is no joke. Okay so you make 6 figures - how do you plan to enjoy that money? Where is the time to enjoy it? Maybe like you say - you can cash up - then cash out. But in the meantime - your best years in your 20s and 30s fly by while doing that.

Great, maybe it's all worth it. I just think at the end of the day - like billby says:

Quote:2 - be really really good at your job where everyone wants to give you more work, you do it really well and develop a fantastic reputation and build a thriving medical practice.

if your motivation is just money and does not involve a true love of medicine, learning, and actually helping people, the chances of you achieving #2 are slim.

For me I chose an "occupation" (nursing) vs. a "career" (medicine) - I can leave work at work. At the end of the day go home and do my own thing and have my own hobbies. Medicine.. the work never ends, essentially. And for such an altruistic occupation anyway, why do it just to retire at 40? You're such an invaluable asset to society.

Of course, each to his own.
07-13-2017 02:36 PM
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