Your Path in Focus, LLC

E27: Hanging On By One Toe: A YPIF Cliffhanger!

April 5, 2021

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Hi mommas and poppas!

This episode is about what to do if you find yourself hanging by a toe on a cliff (or a metaphorical cliff in your academic career).

We spent Spring break in Moab, Utah scaling near-vertical hiking trails that were so steep we had to hold on with all 10 fingers. 

Sometimes we had to drop to our bottoms to scoot and slide down a stretch or crawl across a narrow bridge.

I learned that my son and I are a little bit scared of heights! 

And, boy, there were cliffs all around us.

No safety net.

No guard rails.

This felt a lot like academic medicine.

Here are a few of the lessons that helped us scale the narrow arches (and my own academic career):

Focus on the ground below your toes;
Avoid looking too far ahead or below you;
Take one tiny step at a time;
Forget the “how”;
The “how” will reveal itself once you arrive;
Until you arrive, all you need is courage and commitment;
Be willing to drop to scoot on your bottom and hold on with all 10 fingers;
The view is spectacular and totally worth it!

For all the gems and jewels, check out this week’s show.

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Until next time.
You are right where you are supposed to be.
Doing exactly what you are supposed to be doing.
At the exact right pace.
And so is everyone else.

Until next time, 
Keep your path in focus,
Christina A. Arnold, MD

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