Coaching for Professionals

(doctor, lawyer, engineer, accountant, teacher, etc.)

In college, you may have formed an idealized image of your future profession. But entering the real world proved to be a very sobering affair. Is there life beyond disillusionment? There certainly is, but let’s first consider two examples of professional unhappiness:

Perhaps you have discovered that being an attorney is not quite as glamorous as pictured on TV shows, like Law and Order, LA Law, or Perry Mason. At an actual law firm, there’s continual pressure to bring in new cases and to produce billable hours. You might still be idealistic, but you may also have become more than a bit disillusioned by the reality of law firms as well as the court system itself.

Similarly, being a medical doctor probably turned out to be a lot different from the dream of saving people’s lives. After a few years, the daily grind may have become monotonous. Then there’s the stresses and strains of continually being around sick people, as well as anxieties about malpractice lawsuits, reduced fees because of managed care, pressures from hospital administrators, and now an approaching nightmare under Obamacare.

Despite the problems endemic to any profession, it’s still possible to find more pleasure and meaning in your work. It’s never going to be Heaven — for life itself is intrinsically an enterprise riddled with conflict and contradiction — but your work could probably be more enjoyable, depending upon a number of factors, including:

1. Attitude:Your relation to your particular profession is vitally important. Is it all about money? Do you actually like the work you do, in all of its details? If not, don’t despair. It’s possible to learn to enjoy it.

2. Self-knowledge: There’s a great deal to be said for knowing our strengths, weaknesses, and everything else about who we are. Then, you can develop the type of professional practice that reflects your strengths. Or perhaps you’d be best in administration. Or in research. Or teaching. Or in another profession.

3. Interpersonal skills: Success usually depends upon getting along with other people, making connections, and personal confidence and charisma. There are, of course, exceptions, such as the character Dr. Gregory House, the cantankerous pathologist from the hit TV show. It could be argued, though, that Dr. House does know himself. He knows that to get away with insulting people, he will have to be nothing less than a genius at what he does. But even then, he often has a hard time of it.

4. Business savvy: Learning the secrets of “rainmaking” are usually as key to success as are being good at what one does. Fortunately, it’s a good deal easier learning the secrets of practice building than it is to know oneself.

5. Understanding of life: Ultimately, to be happy, you need to grasp the big picture. That’s where philosophy enters in. Amidst difficult times, you need to know that “This too shall pass.” Fail to grasp it and you will soon burn out. Grasp the big picture and you will smile like a Buddha, as you enjoy life’s rollercoaster ride.

Dr. Mark Dillof can help you to attain the insights necessary to be happy and successful in your profession. He’s been helping people like you for many years.

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