Why work shouldn’t define your self-worth
In this episode, we are joined by Tracey O’Connell, a radiologist and physician coach, to discuss the pitfalls of “do what you love” as career advice, particularly for college graduates. We explore the role of love in our career choices, whether it be a love for intellectual content, patients, being needed, feeling useful, the paycheck, or social capital. We also dive into the challenges of prioritizing productivity over personal well-being in the medical field, where burnout and The Great Resignation have become prevalent. Tracey shares the struggles of finding self-worth outside of work. We also touch on the importance of sustainable well-being and developing emotional tools to support oneself. Join us as we explore the complex relationship between love, work, and self-worth, and ask the question: Did you choose your career because you loved it or because you couldn’t love yourself if you didn’t?
Tracey O’Connell is a radiologist and physician coach. She can be reached at her self-titled site, Tracey O’Connell, M.D.
She shares her story and discusses her KevinMD article, “Who do we become when we love work more than we love ourselves?“
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