How to be Successful: Pay the Price

“If you want success, figure out the price, then pay it.” – Scott Adams (creator of Dilbert)

I read this quote in the comments section of White Coat Investor’s blog recently and I loved it so much I had to write an entire post about it.  This premise distills down the essence of what you need to be successful in life.  I hope that The Vetducator blog helps you achieve success. This is my vision for this blog and how it can help you.

Figure Out The Price – Part of the problem with people being successful in veterinary medicine is: they just don’t know what is needed to be successful.  You don’t know what’s looked for in applications, you don’t know that you need to form relationships, you don’t know that you need to act professionally. Many of the blog posts are focused on this idea: teaching you what the price is.

Then Pay It – This is the other problem with a lack of success for individuals in veterinary medicine.  They may KNOW the price, but don’t know what to do to pay it. Now that you know what evaluators look for, HOW do you write a better letter and CV?  Now that you know you need to form relationships, HOW do you form those relationships? HOW do you act professionally? This is the other part of this blog: teaching you how to pay the price.

Now that you know what the price is and how to pay it, the question is: do you WANT to pay it?  What if the price is giving up nights and weekends with your family? What if the price is delaying the start of making real money?  What if the price is mental anguish and frustration? My wife didn’t go into medicine partly because she knew the price (poor sleep, on call, grueling days)  and didn’t want to pay it. So she went into pharmacy and is very happy with it.

You need to figure out WHAT the price is for success, then HOW to pay it, then be WILLING to pay it.  You’ve taken the first step by reading this blog. If you want success, figure out the price, then pay it.

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