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Was there anything you wish you would have done different when you first started your career?

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Elizabeth’s Answer

Great question. I wish I wasn't in such a rush to move to the next thing. I was always hustling instead of enjoying what I was working on in the moment. I ran myself so hard that I burned out quickly. Our lives and careers are long, try to find a balance and enjoy them both equally. Good luck!

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Dongdong’s Answer

Be patient and confident, everything will pay off eventually.

  • During my first job, I am nervous, eager for success, self-pushing... I wish I could be more patient about my career. Calm down and focus on learning instead of promotion. And be more confident about myself, don't easily give up when things didn't go as I wished. Our career is like a marathon, running fast at the beginning is what we all want to do when we got our first job. However, learning, improving yourself, building a strong base line in longer-term will be more important for the final success.
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Ashanti’s Answer

I love this question. I wish I would have not been so hard on myself. This is something I still struggle with however, I now understand learning is a lifetime process and never-ending. I would lean on those who had more experience and give myself time to learn without frustration. Enjoy the journey and give yourself time to learn.

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Richard’s Answer

Avoid lifestyle creep.

After being frugal during medical school and residency, I wanted to enjoy life once I started private practice. I bought a large house and took nice vacations. I have saved enough money to pay for my children's college and have a retirement fund; but I wish I had saved even more money and spent less on a house. Now that I am about 1/2 way through my career I realize that if I had saved more aggressively early on I could actually cut back on my hours now and maybe even retire at age 60 instead of 70 or 75.
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