Side Hustle Spotlight 12.9.18

The Side Hustle Spotlight is a weekly roundup of interesting posts and articles about medicine, side hustles and personal finance.

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This week we discussed What Your Allergy List Says About You.  You can learn a lot about someone by the allergies listed on their chart.  I wish I could tell you that I made up alpaca dander and prosciutto, but those are both allergies I’ve seen listed in charts before.  Which allergy was your favorite?

Old habits die hard.  Growing up broke, I was used to pinching pennies long before I ever started earning a high income.  Penny pinching just doesn’t have as much impact once you can make 200,000 pennies in One Day’s Pay.  Do you assign a time value to the things you purchase?

Pinching pennies might help stave off burnout if you’re using it to save and invest.  Other times, spending those pennies might be the cure for burnout if you’re using it to buy back your free time.  That’s why Physician on FIRE thinks you should Fight Burnout with Both Saving and Spending.  How does money play a role in your burnout battle?

Clearly one way to fight burnout is to simply cut back at work.  Once again, I am fascinated by Crispy Doc‘s series entitled Docs Who Cut Back.  This week he featured another great doc blogger – B.C. Krygowski.  The most interesting part of the interview was learning how watching her family struggle with money as a child had the exact opposite effect that it had on me.  Whereas she embraced minimalism to need less income, I chased more income than I need.  I suspect she is the wise one.

Speaking of wise physicians, Millennial Doctor is making a big life change.  After several years as a primary care physician, she is sailing into uncharted territory as a hospitalist.  PCPs face a lot of guilt over choosing money and lifestyle over their patients.  Her Death of a Primary Care Career is an interesting look at a struggle ER docs like me never have to face.

Millennial Doc isn’t the only one embracing change.  Millionaire Doc knows all about how to Move Forward, Embrace Change.  Change is happening all around us whether we like it or not.  You can either bury your head in the sand, or look towards the future and determine how you can harness change for your own benefit.  The business of medicine has a lot of moving parts, and the docs with their hand on the controls will profit the most.  Are you embracing the changes in your medical speciality?

Kpeds at Pediatrician Finds FI wonders if Medicine is Science, Not Art……or is it Both?  Personally I agree with Greg Henry who once said:  “Medicine is showbusiness for ugly people”.  Although medicine is certainly science based, about 90% of my job is an art.  The art of reading people, seeing through B.S. and using my sick/not sick spidey senses you can’t learn from a book.  How much of your job is an art form?

I know one emergency physician who has perfected the art form of creative writing.  Dr Rada Jones created a compendium of entertaining laws of medicine entitled Murphy’s Law in the ER.  She came up with a whopping 68 laws that are as true as they are entertaining.  If I didn’t enjoy her writing so much, I’d be more jealous I didn’t come up with this idea myself.

December is about more than wrapping presents.  It’s also about wrapping up our end of year finances.  On this week’s Hippocratic Hustle, Dr Carrie Reynolds and Miss Bonnie MD discuss End of Year Planning.  Download the podcast and make sure you’ve taken care of all the last-minute items on their checklist.

It has been yet another fantastic week for doc bloggers and podcasters.  I hope you enjoyed these gems as much as I did.

Keep hustling,

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3 thoughts on “Side Hustle Spotlight 12.9.18

  1. SHS, Thanks for the generous shout out. B.C.’s story is moving and resonant for a number of reasons, including her unusual response to her childhood. Appreciate your continuing to put these gems on my radar – I feel cutting edge when I find that I already read or listen to your picks!




  2. Thanks for the mention. Funny how much one’s childhood can affect decisions down the road….I hope every day I am doing a decent job with my boys. My Gia is to keep them alive, help them feel loved/secure, and to need minimal therapy as adults 😉


    1. What’s the point of having kids if you can’t emotionally scar them?

      One of my biggest worries as a parent is how to raise well adjusted kids who don’t become spoiled brats. Growing up broke is what gave me an appreciation for the simple things in life. It’s also what gave me my drive and work ethic.

      How do you instill that in your kids without turning them into workaholics like me?

      It’s a tough balancing act.


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