Today, we had a famous forensic psychiatrist give a lecture at our hospital. I was fascinated by his work and couldn't help but find connections between what he does and what I aspire to do as a writer. Forensic psychiatry is about understanding the motivation behind someone's crime, the elements that make them who they are, the things that cause twists and turns in their plans.
After the lecture, a few doctors asked him questions about his career. Here are some of my favorite gems:
1. Be prepared to do work that seems "thankless"
He emphasized the importance of putting in the time without any tangible output in order to build skills, learn human nature, and be worthy of a dream job years later
2. Welcome as many challenges as possible
"The difficult patients are the ones who teach us the most," he said. "We don't learn by predictable scenarios we could go read about in a book. We learn by having to think on our feet after being placed in chaos."
3. Always try to inspire confidence in others
Whether it's in a reader or patient, instilling confidence in a person you're trying to reach builds a connection with staying power
4. Hold on to that "a-ha" moment but realize that it isn't everything
A lot of people have that moment when they realize they can do the thing they've dreamt about. While that's important, it's equally, if not more important, to put in the hard work afterwards.