I got into medicine for the same reason as most doctors; to help people, to make a difference.
Over time I came to realise that while I wanted to help people and make a difference, practicing medicine wasn’t the way I wanted to do it. I was far more excited about helping my colleagues, about making a difference in their lives.
I realised that I wanted to evolve the status quo of our profession because so many doctors are struggling in their doctor jobs; 87% are stressed, over half are experiencing burnout, thus struggling with depersonalisation which inevitably leads to increases in major medical errors. My want to help doctors live exceptional lives, led me to starting all my companies and successfully lobbying the World Medical Association to amend the Declaration of Geneva, our modern day Hippocratic Oath, to include doctor health and wellbeing.
The distinction comes when you consider End Goals, and Means Goals.
End Goals are the ultimate target; what we want to experience, how we want to grow, and what we want to contribute. They are our experiences as humans.
Means Goals are the vehicles to achieve the End Goals.
For me, practicing medicine was a Means Goal to achieve the End Goal of making a real difference. I realised it wasn’t the best vehicle for me so I changed vehicles and became an entrepreneur to help doctors live exceptional lives; to love their lives and love their doctor jobs.
When we are clear on the End Goal we can change vehicles with confidence when we find a better one for us.
So ask yourself:
What do I want to experience?
How do I want to grow?
What do I want to contribute?
And finally, what am I good at and what do I love?
At the intersection of these answers is Purpose.
I run a course called Board of Directors. Business owners join me for two days every three months and we go deep on their businesses, and their own personal psychology.
Recently we got some HR people in to help us improve our professional development program at MedRecruit.
People often talk about the impact they want to have… In the future.
After a crisis, most people aim to get back to the state they were in before the crisis.
Recently the World Medical Association ratified a change to the Declaration of Geneva, the modern-day Hippocratic Oath, the value-set of doctors worldwide, to include the health and wellbeing of doctors.
I was recently speaking to a group of corporates.
And I had to smile.
I speak to a lot of groups of people AND Purpose is something that I’m big on, and it invariably leads to someone asking the question, “I don’t know what I want to do. What should I do?”
“When is it giving up, and when is it changing direction?” is a question I get asked a lot.
Some people like beer.
Some people like wine.
Recently I was fortunate to attend a good friend of mine’s wedding in Bali. He’s a partner at a well-known law firm in Singapore, and many of the attendees were merchant bankers, venture capitalists and other people in the finance space.