If you're a new listener, welcome, we're glad that you've joined us. If you're a regular subscriber you may notice that we've changed to a new show name. We wanted to take just a minute and talk about our new podcast name before we jump back into sharing new episodes every other week.
Since our pdcast launched almost a year ago, our mission has remained unchanged and part of that mission is to break through some of the isolation and loneliness that is part of the journey a doctor goes through. As we live our lives and scroll through social media, it’s easy to see everybody else through the highlight reel of their lives and miss the real story of what's going on.
We have worked diligently to bring real conversations with doctors and healthcare leaders around topics like physician burnout and financial infidelity. We've had discussions with doctors about thriving after feeling like their dental practice was crumbling. We have also talked about healthcare entrepreneurship and innovating to solve issues in the opioid crisis. While covering all these varied topics, we have received great feedback.
We want to continue to pursue our mission, but without creating any confusion around the word Wellness, there is part of us that feels like it's become a little bit of a buzz word that is overused and has so many meanings. To some, it means mindfulness and meditation. To others, it means work-life balance and being in control of your life, or entrepreneurship and pursuing side-gigs outside of clinical medicine. All of these are great topics within the physician culture that we will continue to discuss. With that said, our podcast team wants to continue to focus on conversations that can ultimately help you flourish.
The definition of prosper is to flourish physically, grow strong, and healthy. It also means to gain wealth and success, and flourish financially.
There are many doctors doing great things across the globe, and many doctors who face struggles every day. Even the most successful doctors face obstacles, but not everyone realizes this and may feel alone in their struggles...that is unless we talk about them. In today’s society with the prevalence of social media, we fall into the comparison trap. Looking at peoples’ lives through rose-colored glasses, as Dr. Shikha Jain, one of our guests said in a recent episode, (episode 18).
Doctors are known to keep their troubles to themselves and avoid talking about them. Fortunately, as mental health has begun to be discussed more openly, we all know it is unhealthy to keep those emotions bottled up. Comparing ourselves to others is a dangerous game. We don’t know what happens behind closed doors or in the case of “Instagram vs reality,” we don’t know what’s happening off social media channels.
When we started out with this podcast, we wanted to share real stories of doctors’ winding career paths to showcase the challenges and successes that have gotten our guests where they are today. Becoming a doctor is not an easy feat and completing your training is just the beginning. The challenges of owning a practice, taking on leadership roles at your hospital, meeting production requirements, disliking your current job, or seeing your patient suffer are REAL struggles and should not be ignored.
As financial planners, we recognize that finances are the second leading cause of physician burnout and in general, money is one of the top causes of stress for any human. Finances are a part of ones’ overall wellness and the stress of money can negatively affect a doctors’ ability to treat patients. Financial wellness is so much more than knowing your net worth and picking investments…it’s about finding clarity and prioritization and understanding what is important to you so you can say no to things that keep you from reaching your goals.
With that said, finances are only a piece of physician wellness. Taking time for yourself and pursuing wellness is extremely important today as doctors are feeling burned out and fed up with the healthcare system. Whatever pursuing wellness means to you, we encourage you to prioritize that.
As a doctor, the harsh realities of medicine and dentistry can negatively impact your overall wellbeing. Through your time with us in this podcast, our goal is to help you grow emotionally, relationally, financially, intellectually, and professionally.
We believe that the new name really reflects this goal to help you flourish by becoming the Prosperous Doc through Real Stories. Real Inspiration. Real Growth.
We hope you will either continue or begin your PROSPERITY journey with us to grow strong and achieve wellness through health, wealth, and success.
Shane Tenny is the managing partner of Spaugh Dameron Tenny. Along with hosting the Prosperous Doc® podcast, Shane has a true passion for behavioral finance, helping clients and audiences understand how to develop successful strategies based on their unique temperaments. An accomplished and highly engaging speaker, Shane is regularly interviewed for television and podcasts, is actively involved in the Financial Planning Association®, and contributes to industry advisory boards.
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