Like my man 50 cent’s first album title, “Get Rich or Die Trying.” It doesn’t have to be money rich; it can be fame, success, power, smarts, or skills. Whatever your passion is, pursue it fervently and fully commit yourself like there is no turning back. This will make you much more likely to succeed.
In the case of pre-med, this is one of the top things that students who get accepted to medical school have in common. The students who get in, are the students who were willing to give up anything and everything to make their dream of becoming a doctor a reality.
I love using the movie “Gattaca” as an example. If you haven’t seen it, you should check it out...probably Ethan Hawke’s second best movie behind “Training Day.” Back to what I was saying, in the movie, Hawke’s character is one of the last non-genetically modified babies born and he ends up being a sickly child. His parents then have another child, but elect to have him genetically engineered to be darn near super-human. The two boys play a game of chicken every time they go to the beach by swimming out as far out as they can. Whichever boy swims back first loses. Not surprisingly, Hawke’s character loses every time until one day he sets his mind to win. Years later, Hawke’s brother asks him how he possibly won. Hawke stated, “I never saved anything for the way back.” He fully committed to winning at all costs.
You need to think this way too. You should be willing to give everything you have to make it to medical school. You should feel like nothing and no one can get in your way because if you fail, you will die.
If you know my story, you know that I was a sorry excuse for a pre-med early on in my college career. Coming from high school with a 3.3 GPA, and limping through freshman year with mediocre grades and just hoping I didn’t flunk out. My success started the moment I decided that I wasn’t going to let anything stop me, and that I would do whatever it took to get to medical school, even if it killed me. No matter what other people were doing, I always made sure that I was doing more. At first so I could catch up, but then to get so far ahead that no one could ever catch me. And you know what? To this day, no one can keep up with me in the classroom.
Have you made your mind up that you will do whatever it takes to get to medical school? Have you gone all-in and committed yourself fully to this dream? If you haven’t do you think it has hurt your pre-med performance? What has stopped you from devoting yourself completely to this process?
Dr. Andre Pinesett, a Stanford Medical School graduate, is best known by his moniker “The Pre-med Productivity Expert.” He is an award-winning educator, highly sought-after speaker, and noted authority on pre-med personal and professional development. He has helped high school, college and graduate students improve their academic performance, while reducing their work time, allowing them to maximize their potential and ultimately achieve their dreams.