Well, the time has come. I must announce that reports of my retirement as a physician finance blogger…
…are greatly exaggerated!
C’mon, it’s April Fool’s Day!
I had to channel Mark Twain and one of the greatest tongue in cheek quotes of all time.
I couldn’t resist. And surely most of you must have seen through this good-natured ruse and admittedly half-baked ruse.
I’m not going anywhere.
I love being a physician finance and wellness blogger!
It’s crazy to me to think that I’ve been at this for about 8 months now after starting in June 2020.
To think that I had this hidden passion lying under the surface for so long. And that a topic, personal finance, that was such a self-perceived weakness for me would turn into a major focus of my life is surreal.
The Journey Begins…
I am also beyond honored and blessed to have all of you reading my posts, listening to my podcasts, and generally following along. It’s something that I don’t take lightly. I’ll never really fully be able to express my appreciation. It drives me.
So, thank you for being on this journey with me!
With all of this in mind, I thought it would be fun to reflect back on becoming a blogger in the physician finance space
Others interested in joining the space often ask me for advice or what I think about their idea to add to the world of physician finance.
The answer is invariably, “Do it!”
In fact, some of the worst advice that I ever received was given to me right as I was starting out.
The advice was, “Do not become a physician finance blogger. The space is too crowded.” This came from a pretty big “name.”
Needless to say, I’m really, really glad that I did not listen to them.
If your aim and passion is to help people, in this case physicians, to live better and more fulfilling lives, by all means please go for it! This can only result in improving well-being for all physicians. I also strongly believe this will improve patient care. The more the merrier!
That’s why I’ve joined up with Daniel Shin of The Darwinian Doctor and Ian Cook of Carpe Diem MD to form the PhREI network!
Announcing the Official Launch of The Physician Real Estate Investor Network (PhREI)!
Follow your passion!
Another question I often get asked is,
How has The Prudent Plastic Surgeon gained traction in such a short time?
I always have a hard time answering this one.
Then honest answer is that I don’t know.
I do have some ideas though.
1. I’m on the same journey as you. We can all relate!
When I started my financial education, I was floored by the amount of awesome information, support, and like-mindedness out there.
But, I did notice that most of the content was coming from people who already had achieve some level of FIRE.
And here I was, half a million dollars in debt, making a resident salary, with a just burgeoning financial education. I tried looking for someone out there like me, and I didn’t really find anyone.
So I thought I would give it a try. My basic premise was that I had dug myself such a big financial hole that 99% of people would be starting from a better spot. And if I could show that I can be successful doing this, it will show everyone else that they can too!
I also love sharing my mistakes. They are the tuition for my financial education. And if I can give others a discount on their tuition by learning from me, I’d really love that.
2. To create authentic, honest, and genuine content regarding personal and financial well-being…
The sentence above is the opener to the mission statement that I wrote the day that I started The Prudent Plastic Surgeon blog.
I re-read that mission statement pretty often and work so hard to embody it in everything that I do.
Every post is written with a goal of being authentic and as helpful as possible. I don’t write posts to try to gain traction per se. I just write posts that I think I would find helpful or that I wish I had read before my financial education.
It’s the same with medicine, if you work hard, do the right things, and focus on what’s actually important, things will work out.
I know it’s vague but this is the best advice that I can give anyone pursuing their goals. Regardless of what they are.
3. Persistence and Passion
Keep doing it regardless of what external feedback you get. Do it because you internally love it and that’s what motivates you.
There will be so many times that you put something out that you just think is so awesome. And it may not be super popular or, like, popular at all. It doesn’t matter! That’s you and your passion on the page and that’s what matters. Take pride and keep going!
Anyway, this has become a bit of a ramble…
But I hope that there were some interesting nuggets in there for you.
In summary, thank you for your support and I can’t wait to keep bringing you the best physician finance and well being content out there!
What do you think? Have you considered entering the physician finance space? What has helped you to be successful in chasing your goals? Let me know in the comments below!
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