People tend to think that successful people are just lucky or naturally gifted. But, that is far from the truth. Behind every great success, is an even greater struggle. In this post, I discuss the struggle behind Kevin Hart's "overnight success" so that you can understand that to become a doctor, you have to embrace your pre-med and college struggles as part of the process.

When I say "Kevin Hart" what comes to mind? Odds are you think “wow this guy’s a natural, he must just roll out of bed on to the stage and jokes flow like water bringing instant laughter. He is so lucky to have the kind of talent that makes Hollywood come bang on your door." But, what if I told you that Kevin Hart didn't get famous instantly, and he was even rejected from SNL years before he became a household name. I’m sure SNL would love to have him on the show now, but there was a time they didn't think he had what it took to be great. 

I recently watched an interview where Kevin Hart discussed his road to movie star. As you expect, he was humorously inclined, but he worked hard, had to beg for time at comedy clubs and it took him years and years to reach his current status. He started out with open-mic night, telling 3-5 minutes of jokes for free amongst other amateurs. Many of whom had no actual comedy aspirations, but were drunk enough to put their name on the list to get on stage. He did this over and over again to craft a couple quality 5 minute sets. He slept on friends' couches. Then he got 10 minutes of material together, still not getting paid. Then 15 minutes and so on. All the while, never getting paid for the hours of preparation.

Then, slowly the audience started to grab their bellies with laughter and he thought he was about to get paid the big bucks. When he sat down with the club owner, it turned out he was in line for some big clucks, as in chicken tenders. The owner offered to pay Kevin in free appetizers on nights that he performed. Telling jokes for jalapeno poppers and buffalo wings sounds rough, but it was all part of the process.

Student success doesn't happen overnight

"Kevin Hart worked for chicken tenders before becoming famous, as pre-meds we have to pay our dues before becoming doctors"

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He was willing to scrape by and grind it out. He, of course, eventually honed his craft and became the big-time hollywood star we all know who makes millions of dollars for movies. But, don’t be fooled it takes all those years of struggling to become great. 

Remember this as you seek to become a super-student, stand out pre-med and get into medical school. It truly does not matter where you start, and it doesn’t matter what hardship you face, all that matters is that you keep pushing forward. You aren’t instantly going to set the curve or become a doctor. But, start with chicken wings, like making a quality schedule that allows you to avoid cramming and getting a high score on a single quiz. Then, take the positive vibes from that positive quiz and turn it into multiple great quizzes and eventually a great midterm and final exam. On and on until you are the “gunner” that everyone envies.getting a high grade on a quiz.

Once you put in all that work, you will be in position to become a doctor. But, you can’t become a doctor until you go through the pre-med struggle. Through the pre-med struggle comes the medical school admissions success and the doctor white coat. 

If you focus on your goal of becoming a doctor and grind long enough, you will start to see things break your way and ultimately you will get that medical school admission you desire so badly.


About the Author

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.