I never realized how much I feared failure until I got to medical school. There are many opportunities where you may not perform your best, and when things just don’t go your way. Being in medical school can make us feel like failures sometimes! However, These moments have taught me some valuable lessons and how I can use them to better myself. No matter what type of failure you encounter in your career as a student, be reminded that you have been given an opportunity to become a part of one of the most rewarding and fulfilling jobs. Remember why you are going into medicine in the first place. Keep in mind these words of encouragement that my dad & mom share with me when I feel like giving up. These have helped me through some of my biggest challenges – both in medical school and throughout my life.
1. Change your outlook! Having a negative image of yourself as being a ‘failure’ won’t get you anywhere. There is always a solution, even if it’s not the one you wanted/had in mind. Control the negative thoughts and stop the pessimism. Just keep your eyes on your end goal and remember your motivations.
2. Don’t ever give up! Be resourceful and keep exploring new opportunities on how to succeed. There is always something you can do to improve! My parents always tell me ‘you only fail when you give up on what you’ve been working so hard to achieve.’
3. Be encouraged to keep taking steps forward despite disappointment. Take one day at a time and know that everything happens for a reason. In the long run, once you have accomplished your goal all the little setbacks you encountered won’t matter!
4. Lean on your support group to get through a difficult time. Words of encouragement from the ones who matter most can completely change your outlook on a particular situation/problem.
My favorite quote is “Be okay with not knowing for sure what might come next, but know that whatever it is, you will be okay.” Be reminded of this when you feel like everything is going downhill. Life is always going to throw us curve balls and make us reconsider – it’s all in the way you handle and overcome them!