There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed.
So never listen to those small-minded insignificant voices. You go out there and do that thing they said you couldn’t do and be freaking FANTASTIC at it! This is the key to success!
If I had listened to all of the little voices that said me “Jay you’re not good enough to apply to medical school”…”Jay I don’t see you matching into residency in Boston”…”Jay, isn’t Radiology too competitive for for you to achieve?”….”Jay Harvard is only for the brightest of the bright”, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
As they poured their negativity on me, they indirectly fed my drive to develop myself into the “brightest of the bright” and the “best of the best”. I did all of if while staying true to who I am. I did not have to change my personality, refine my mannerisms, nor curtail my tendency to laugh out loud when I feel the need to. I stayed true to myself.
Today, I am a first year radiology resident in Boston, at Harvard. I am loved and respected by all of my colleagues, senior residents, attending physicians, program directors and department chair.
Today, on the last day of my neuroradiology rotation as a first year radiology resident, the program director of the Harvard Neuroradiology Fellowship preemptively offered me a neuroradiology fellowship spot here at Harvard, even without my applying. I never once expressed to him any interest in pursuing a neuroradiology fellowship. Nevertheless even before I finished my first year of radiology residency (4 full years in advance of my future fellowship appliaction season) he offered me a spot!
The same girl that was told she’d never get into medical school. The same girl that was told she’ll never match into radiology. The same girl that was told Boston is too competitive to attain. The same girl that was told Harvard was a dream that will never become a reality. This same girl is now breaking barriers and crushing expectations.
“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” –Maya Angelou.
If all three phrases of the above sentence apply to you, well then: “Hello Mrs. (or Mr.) Successful! How you doing?”
Imperfectly Me. Dr. Jay
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