The Powerball winning numbers are in from two night’s ago and winners have already been announced. It seems like the big winners came from California, Florida, and Tennessee. If you are reading this article, most likely you are not one of the winners of the Powerball. Because honestly would you be reading an article online or drowning yourself in money? Most likely the second answer. So now that you know you will not become a millionaire overnight which could change your future aspirations, let’s talk about Medicine.
Medicine is a wonderful career for those of us who enjoy working with patients and diagnosing their problems. It is a career that requires a lot of hard work and sacrificing your time. But if you think that you will be winning some sort of lottery by entering Medicine then it may not be the career for you. I have met many Physicians who are grumpy and unhappy with the way their lives are in Medicine. These folks imagined a life full of easy money or pursued a specialty that they did not enjoy because of better pay or hours but they are still unhappy. The point of this is to say that pursuing Medicine should be something you really want to do and think of the money as a really nice incentive. If you are a premed and are pursuing Medicine because of the money then it will not take a lot to make you unhappy. In that case, it may be a better idea for you to try to win the next lottery because the money is what you are really after.
Interestingly, there was a study that was performed that showed that after $100,000 dollars, the amount of money that a person makes does not affect that person’s level of happiness. I read this article at a really good time during medical school, right around when I had to make my decision to which specialty to apply to. I realized that I do not want to pick a specialty because of the awesome pay or hours although these are very important things to consider. I chose to pursue a specialty that I could see myself doing everyday and not getting tired of it. I chose a specialty that I did not mind waking up to in the morning. Granted, there will be times when you will not want to work and you will have to sacrifice your time for your job. But if you think about it, anything worth it in your life such as your family, significant other, or best friend all require similar things from you. If you love your job then it will become easily integrated into your life and the sacrifices that you have to make will not bother you. So to those of us who did not win the Powerball… continue on with your desire to pursue Medicine because the Powerball is not coming to rescue you from your books.