i&uggesittcing tfjat Jfltgftt Heao to Success
It may seem presumptious for one no older in experience than the rest to assume
the role of advisor, but the suggestions here given have not been offered with any degree
of ostentation, but merely for what they may be worth.
First it is hoped that every candidate for a professional title has a deep-rooted ambi¬
tion to attain success in his chosen profession. We will then presume that every matricu¬
lant in this school has that ambition, as success could hardly be obtained without it.
What do we understand as success?
In our profession, it is the acquiring of that high degree of knowledge and skill
together with the establishment of character that makes our professional services desired
and extensively sought for.
May all succeed?
Without any serious obstacles or undue impediments all may succeed who have the
desire or ambition to the extent that they are willing to make the necessary personal sac¬
rifices and to put forth the necessary effort.
While constancy, courage and work are the first essentials for success, it takes many
other things of a smaller nature that must be assiduously observed along with these, which
it is the object of this article to point out.
First of all, every professional man must be a gentleman. Our lives are to be closely
associated with that of ladies and children possessing gentle, polished manners, and it
behooves each of us to constantly strive to put off as much of our roughness as possible
and also to acquire polite, patient, gentle and polished manners. "There is rough work
to do in life and rough men may do it; there is gentle work to do and gentlemen must
Selfishness is probably one of the greatest obstacles that we have to encounter in
life. "The love of money is the root of all evil.'' but the love of money ^s that of a
selfish nature and therefore, selfishness is the root of all evil. No thoroughly selfish man
can attain to any high and permanent degree of success in professional life. He may
partially succeed for a time, but it will eventually prove a boomerang that will rebound
and cause ultimate failure. The thoroughly selfish man finds difficulty in broadening
his nature. He is so penuriously busy looking after his own affairs that he fails to be
observant of the interest of others. Selfishness causes bigotry and a desire to trample
upon the just and legal rights of others. All of these things are opposed to professional
success. God never intended that a man should develop his talents that he might use
them in trampling upon the weaker of his brethren. The opposite of selfishness is liber¬
ality, a willingness to make sacrifices which really are the true elements which must
make up the successful man's life. He must lose sight of his own personal interests to
that extent that he can give his mind, labor and skill towards the betterment and gen¬
eral welfare of mankind.
Honesty is another of the essential characteristics that go to make up professional
success and without which there is a considerable handicap. Be honest with your pati¬
ents in the diagnosis of their cases—always looking to their interests in any sugges¬
tions and advice in their cases. This attitude will soon be observed by the people and
they will learn that they can put their cases, unreservedly into your hands with the