Episode 51: Write your DMP and you’ll have one of the top 3 of 17 principles of success in the bag.

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Having Definiteness of Purpose

Welcome to the pre-med podcast. I’m your host, Dr. Dan. Today I’m going to tell you all about the definite major purpose and why having one, better yet, writing it down, is actually one of your most valued assets and one of the things that is most surely going to help you get success, in whatever endeavor you set your mind to.

What am I talking about today? Napoleon Hill had a big influence on getting me back on track, when I was between residency programs. I so wish I had known about his 17 principles of success when I did not get accepted into medical school, that one year. I had to reapply and got in the next year. It would have really helped. Part of my story, is not being able to get that GPA, or rather that MCAT score up there, not getting in and then, literally, not wanting to get out of bed for 3 days.

I told my girlfriend I was down, I didn’t want to talk. She’s now my wife. I literally just pulled the covers over my head and just didn’t know how to face life, I thought. This was my direction. This was my calling. I got out of the Army. I was making good money, I thought at the time. I turned it down for this.

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Now I’ve got a degree, a Bachelor’s degree in biology, that I can’t do anything with. It’s not a vocation. It’s not a certification. It’s not even a skill, to contribute to society, so that I can expect any kind of payment on return for my specialized services. That’s what a trade is. I felt, in a lot of ways, like the American education system let me down.

Of course, I knew it was a risk to go pre-med and not have a fall back plan. I set my mind to it. I had some of the other principles at work for me, such as persistence. My attitude really got shot. It was a major challenge. Today I know the importance of a definite major purpose. I want to kind of share that with you. There are 3 words in the phrase definite major purpose. I’ll take each of them in term.

Definite means that you have to be sure about it.

You have to know what you want. It’s been said that the 2 big questions in life are who am I and what do I want? Here, in the definite major purpose, you need to dream big. Most limitations from the mind, come from you. They don’t come from external circumstances. If you believe that the circumstances are going to dictate your future, then I can’t help you. No one can. You’re just waiting for the next piece of bad news before you stop.

Persistence is the 2nd of 17 Success Principles

You need to be a little more persistent than that, if that applies to you. If not, understand that when you sit down to write your definite major purpose, you are writing something to take seriously. This is something to write down and show to your loved ones, your spouse if you have one, you family, your parents, boyfriend, girlfriend.

Be proud about this. If someone is going to be a naysayer in your life, and is going to turn out being someone to discourage you, like my pre-med advisor and my Dad did, back at a critical time, then don’t show it to them. Don’t have the conversation about it further, once you realize it.

That’s how definite needs to be. Definite enough to separate people, clearly from those that are going to support you in the process and those that aren’t. By the way, if you don’t have a significant other in your life, and you have a prospect, somebody you like, maybe that you’ve dated a while, but you’re not sure how far to take the relationship, show them your definite major purpose. If they’re not absolutely supportive, that’s not the right one for you. That is now definite I am.

Major is the next word. It has to be a major life goal.

We have a lot of purposes and a lot of directions in our life. It’s okay to get the 1000 yard view, the 500 foot view and the 30,000 yard view. It’s okay to look at life from different levels. This is going to be the one purpose that is going to be your life legacy. What impact do you want to have on the world around you? What do you want to do with your life force?

Understand you’ll do a lot of things along the way. What’s the big one? What’s the major deal? It’s very definite and you’re sure about it. It’s kind of earth shattering. It’s major, because it’s the big one. It’s sort of the one ring to rule them all. Sorry I’m watching a lot of Lord of the Rings, lately. My son’s getting into it. Anyway, it is major.

Purpose. There’s a book out. Been out for a long time now. Purpose Driven Life. It’s worthwhile. It happens to be Christian in nature. There are a lot of others, on the market. Viktor Frankl’s book, Man’s Search for Meaning, can be beneficial here, if you’re looking for meaning and what kind of purpose and legacy you want to live in life.

What is your purpose? What’s going to get you out of bed?

What give you energy and makes you feel vital and energized in life? That’s exactly the kind of stuff that you need to have wrapped up, in your definite major purpose. Often, pre-medical students will have a definite major purpose of getting a job. Getting into medical school. That’s the biggest one.

I want you to look a little bit beyond that. You’re definite major purpose shouldn’t be something that you can accomplish in a year, or 2, or 3, like a medium range goal, and then it’s over. If you accomplish you goal of getting into medical school in 2 years, what are you going to do then?

Your definite major purpose out to be more like a 5, 10, 15 year plus goal. You want to get into medical school. Your definite major purpose out to be, I want to impact this particular disease process. Get specific, or this particular population. I want to be this kind of doctor.

Understand, you can change your specialty. Most people do change their specialty from pre-med to the time they are graduating medical school. A lot of people do. I don’t have the specific number off the top of my head. A lot of people do, maybe half change their mind. I know I wrote internal medicine, when I dug out my pre-med application essay. I forgot about that quickly in medical school, and did emergency medicine, and now psychiatry.

You can change your direction. The definite major purpose serves a lot of different reasons. It automatically engages the sub-conscious mind to begin to attract to you and fill in the space, for making your vision come into reality. It will being to work for you in such a way, that you won’t even realize, sometimes, how relationships and different things can serve your purpose. Life will start going your way, when you’ve given your mind and your heart a direction of exactly what to focus on, it begins to work for you, even when you’re not trying or consciously thinking about it.

I didn’t know if I believed all that, right at first. I can say that, in between residencies, I got a lot into that. I was very definite. I wrote down all kinds of goals and future things. I had a mind map software in Fremont. There’s other versions out there, where I mapped out all my business pursuits, school, licensing, residency stuff, essays, professional life, spiritual goals. I did all that kind of work and put all that lofty stuff in writing.

Lo and behold, after a while, that stuff takes root. All of a sudden, life is just going phenomenally well. Everything I touch turns to gold. It’s just amazing. I do credit God. I credit a lot of that work. He gave us our intellect. The mind is the one thing over which you have complete control. I want to refer you to a resource now that I’m so happy is in audible. It’s also in iTunes, in the audio bookstore, in the iTunes store. If you hit, you can go to audible.com, listen to it on line. Or, put it on your Droid. Whatever you want.

It’s Napoleon Hill’s Science of Personal Achievement. It’s like less than 5 dollars in iTunes, in the audio book store. I could not believe how low a price that is. It’s worth 5 million dollars. What price would you put on your medical education? If you don’t get into medical school one year. How much money did you just lose? Well, what if that was one extra year that you could be working as a doctor? What? 2, 3, $400,000, depending on what you want to calculate your average is, or starting pay out of residency?

Get the 5 dollar audio book from Napoleon Hill. I can’t guarantee you it’s going to get you into medical school. I can guarantee you, that you will calm down a whole lot, before any medical school interviews, if you’ll listen to that. Get into that positive mindset. That’s another principle we can talk about, at another time.

I can also guarantee you, that if you listen to that audio book 10 times, that on the 11th time, you will still be learning new things. It’s so dense. He does not waste a word. He’s got everything scripted and structured. We’re talking about lectures that go back to the 1920’s, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s. He is the original forerunner that made the original philosophy a success, commissioned by Andrew Carnegie, written personal letters of invitation to 500 of the world’s most influential men, that basically were responsible for the industrial revolution.

He synthesized all of their traits that they had in common, that made them successful and put them into a workable, step by step program. He has other books out there, too. My favorite is the audio program, The Science of Personal Achievement. Gotta have it. It’s a must listen. Do that today.

Those are 2 action items. Get the Napoleon Hill audio book. Number 2 is to write out your definite major purpose. When you’ve written it out, send it to me. I’ll give it a look see. You take care. This has been the pre-med podcast.