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Physicians, APs: Here’s How You Can Use Your Job Research to Its Fullest Advantage

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You are not an exception.

How does that make you feel? If you’re like me and you’ve worked hard to try to be exceptional, the thought that you’re not also an exception to the rules of humanity can be a tough reality to grapple with.

Beyond the various psychological implications of this statement, the context in which we’re making this declaration is actually a bit smaller, but no less impactful.

Our past few blogs have been about the mistakes people commonly make when relocating to a new area. This has brought up many interesting topics, including today’s mistake.

As entrepreneur Penelope Trunk writes over at her blog, people who are about to relocate often make this mistake:

We think we are an exception.

“Look at the demographics of the city,” she writes. “You are normal. You are regular. You are going to become the mean of your demographic. It's the law of nature. Average is average because that's what most people are. You make your life overly complicated by living in a fantasy world where you are not typical.”

Why is this an important fact to accept about your future? Because, Trunk states, “you can use research to its full benefit.”

She explains: “For example, even if you earn $500,000, you will not feel rich if all your neighbors earn a lot more than you. This is the law of financial happiness--that it’s relative, not absolute, and you feel best when you are an average earner in your community. Too high and you feel like an outcast, too low and you feel desperate.

“The same is true of city living. Cities are not appealing to normal parents. This is because marriages do not stay together when two parents need to earn huge incomes. Women simply do not want to have their kids raised by nannies. This means that only families where there is a single wage-earner in the very highest of brackets does city living look appealing. Otherwise, the compromises a family makes to live in a city leaves them short on benefits. (If nothing else, parents who work all day and tuck kids in to bed every night have no time or energy to enjoy the cultural benefits of a big, expensive city.)”

As physicians and advanced practitioners who are looking for jobs, what are some normal facts you need to accept about yourself and your family as you search for your next position? What stats have you dismissed in the past, hoping that you were the exception to the rule?

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