I know I preach about hard work, but I think the word PASSION is better suited to what I truly mean. I am a passionate person, whether it is staying up late reading papers, studying for exams, running experiments over night, waking up early and working out, or vacationing with family - I go all in. I put hard work into everything I do, and when I preach about hard work, know that what I really mean is passion.
So, I sit here on this afternoon, and instead of forcing productivity or forcing myself to keep moving, I take a moment to stop and reflect. I take a moment to write and review my thoughts. Amidst the hurried pace and the speed of it all, it is important to step back and reflect.
Looking back maybe it wasn’t the smartest decision. Would I do it again if given the chance? Yes. Would I do anything differently? Not at all. I wouldn’t change a thing. I had been studying for 10 days straight. I was about to finish my first semester of medical school and the only thing standing in my way was my anatomy final. I had spent all semester prepping for this moment. I had spent countless hours redrawing pathways from Netter’s. I had spent more late nights in the cadaver lab than I could remember. I had 5 pairs of scrubs that reeked of formaldehyde and I had sacrificed my sleep, my health, and my well-being to prove that I was worthy of being a medical student.
I say this all the time, but people need to remember that before they are a physician, before they were educated, before they were vegan, before they were anything - they were human.
Thinking big is looking in the mirror every single day and honestly asking yourself what is holding you back from completing the next step. You have to first change what you see in the mirror to put yourself on the path towards progress to your dreams.