The Question Everyone Should Ask Themselves

I don’t care who you are or what you do for a living. I want you to answer a question. A question that everyone should ask themselves at some point in life.

The following is taken from an article written by “The Angry Medic” on his blog. Read the whole article here.


First, if you can, watch this video. It shows CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr Sanjay Gupta, a successful broadcaster and brain surgeon, giving the commencement address to the graduating class of the University of Michigan last week. He’s funny, he’s engaging, but he has some very important life lessons to teach.

It’s 20 minutes long, but it may change your life.

I bet you’ve worked hard to get where you are now. I want you, for a moment, to think about that journey. To remember your hardest, darkest hours, as well as your greatest triumphs. I want you to recall some of the faces you remember from those times. To feel the pain, the sweat and the joy that all those moments brought you.

Considering all you’ve endured to be where you are today. I want you to look back on it all and ask yourself –

Was It Worth It?

Did you end up exactly how you thought you would end up, all those years ago? Are you doing what you imagined you’d be doing?

Do you love what you do?

One of my drama directors back in Cambridge asked us this once. At the end of every play, he’d ask his cast and crew this question and his goal as a director was to make their experience so enjoyable that they answered yes.

I didn’t want to be a doctor. If I could go back in time, before I went to med school, and do something different, I would. Because I may be a good doctor now. But I could have been a great something else. But I lacked the courage to chase my dreams.

In my second year, a friend of mine from another college failed many papers. When he went to see his Director of Studies to arrange results, his DoS told him frankly, “I’ve seen this pattern of results before. It usually means that deep down inside, you don’t really want to do medicine.” My friend took his advice, and left medical school. He is now earning a six-figure salary at a law firm in London, and wakes up every day knowing he loves what he does. I envy him.

But like Darth Vader said to Luke, “It is too late for me, son. But not for you.” You can still change your life. So ask yourself today, “Was it worth it?”

I sincerely hope the answer is yes.