Thursday, September 29, 2011

A Visual Picture of a Long Term Goal

So the journey to becoming a Clinical Psychologist is quite a long one.  During my 2nd year, a mentor of mine stated very frankly, "Just keep jumping. There are going to be alot of hoops to jump, but keep jumping."  I've been jumping for along time now.  A friend of mine, who has been jumping along with me, sent this to me to help put our long term goal into perspective.  No matter what your long term goals are, approach them with courage, determination, and humor.  Just when you think you have made it, you will likely look forward to the next set of hoops and challenges required to attain your next goal in life.  Never lose sight of the bigger picture.  Live life to the fullest and be present in the moment.

Imagine a circle that contains all of human knowledge
By the time you finish elementary school, you know a little:

By the time you finish high school, you know a bit more:

With a bachelor's degree, you gain a specialty:

A master's degree deepens that specialty:

Reading research papers takes you to the edge of human knowledge:

Once you're at the boundary, you focus:

You push at the boundary for a few years:

Until one day, the boundary gives way:

And, that dent you've made is called a Ph.D/Psy.D.:

So, don't forget the bigger picture:

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