Young grasshoppers like many of you I am occasionally frustrated by how much there is to know about finances. Just like in medicine, there is a lot to learn and the path to knowledge is often fraught with poor advice. In order to keep from losing faith in my abilities to grow my financial ninja skills, I often have to remind myself about my journey in medicine.
I am sure that many of you in just about any skilled profession (Lawyer, dentist, accountant, engineer, teacher, electrician, chef, entrepreneur, plumber, mechanic, carpenter, etc) there was a steep learning curve, and at times it was difficult to know where you were on that curve.
As a first year medical student you knew that you were clueless as you started taking that first sip out of the fire hydrant of knowledge. You were naively confident by the time you graduated medical school. You thought you knew what the practice of medicine was until you started residency, from there you realized how little you really do know about applying your new found knowledge to actually care for someone. The curve up to mastery is and still continues to be bumpy but it starts out during residency and really takes off as you practice independently as an attending.
When I get discouraged, I try to remind myself that I am back on this learning curve. When I first started, I knew how clueless I was about financial literacy. As I would read (books, blogs, forums) I started to feel much more confident, I definitely did gain knowledge. However, it was taking that first step that may me realize that there will be bumps along the road but that there are others out there that are willing to help you attain mastery.
And remember, when “the man” sweeps the leg, don’t give up!