New York Times and More…

By now, many people have seen the New York Times article about me and my quitting medicine to pursue a career on my websites. Overall, the response has been amazing, and generally very positive. The article itself was amongst the most emailed articles at the New York Times for that day. Besides being a surprising story (‘M.D. quits medicine to blog’), I think it struck a chord in a lot of people.

Job and career satisfaction are always hot issues and I suspect there are a lot of people have that secret career in the back-of-their-mind that they wished they had pursued.

Understandably, there was a lot of coverage in the blogs and especially from those with similar aspirations. Several people had emailed me about thoughts and advice on building a site. I don’t know if there’s a magic formula, but I’ll share some thoughts in a later post.

Finally, there were a few people who found offense to my career switch. I understand some of the issues surrounding it, but I think the best thing I can say is it was a very difficult decision for me at the time, and also a very personal one. Some people are focusing on the money, but in reality, it was a lifestyle and family choice. I suspect that given the same options, most people would have made the same decision.

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12 Responses to New York Times and More…

  1. mootymoots says:

    Arn – I admire what you’ve done here – if I could do the same, I would – and for all the same reasons.

    I really hope you can make MR something special, good luck with it, I will continue to be an avid supporter!

  2. Arn, I applaud your decision. Not just based on my love for MR, but because of you choosing family and lifestyle over the recognition and prestige of the medical world. Many people choose a profession for the wrong reasons. I feel that you have set a great example here.


  3. riddel says:

    hi Arn, I saw your article in the times. I’m in med school right now. You’re my hero.

  4. matt says:

    i smell in the near future

  5. David says:

    I’d love to quit my legal career to build my one web property. Sadly, it’s not as widely appealing as a tech blog focused on Apple … but it ought to be! Continued good luck ….

  6. Wayne says:

    Are you Chinese? I found your picture that looks you are Chinese.

  7. RVaMike says:

    Great decision. It seems MR was destined for you. Being a physician is not what it once was. Many physicians are contemplating their future, given the constant cut backs from insurance providers, possible government cuts in medicare, having to play the “defensive medicine” game, increase demand for medical attention from the general population. Good luck to you with your new endeavors.

  8. D.Rich says:

    People are always jealous when you accomplish something. The same people that are “offended” by your career switch probably wish they could quit their job to blog.

    Time is always much more valuable than money, and if you can spend more time with your family while still making a good income, you’d be stupid not to.

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