Today our expert guest is Dr. Nii Darko, a Board-certified General Surgeon who is pushing past the limits of the status quo. He hosts Docs Outside the Box, a podcast in which he highlights stories of doctors doing extraordinary things outside of medicine to inspire other doctors to think outside the box.


Since Dr. Darko was young, he single-mindedly pursued being a doctor. Role models like Doctor Huxtable and Doogie Howser showed him a vision of the future he wanted, so he went after it.


But after getting all the credentials and all the qualifications, after achieving his dream, Dr. Darko realized that he missed a lot: funerals, weddings, and ten years of his parents’ lives. He knew he was going to be a successful surgeon – but he wasn’t fulfilled.


The good news, however, is that Dr. Darko had this awakening in his 30s. When you have your head down and you’re working in a demanding career, it’s easy for decades to go by and then look back with regret.


So today, Dr. Darko is helping other doctors break out of this box, explore their other talents, and change the world. “And the best way I can help people see the light is not anything revolutionary, but just literally telling stories of other doctors who feel the same way or have gone through the same things.”


Doctors who do medical humanitarian work in war-torn places of the world, run their own businesses, contribute to medical journalism, and so many other extraordinary things – and sharing these stories to help others see the light will be Dr. Darko’s legacy.


“Doctors can do more than just help one patient at a time, in a hospital or a clinic. We can literally affect society as a whole.”


The Biggest Helping: Today’s Most Important Takeaway


“Just start. Whatever it is that you’re really concerned about, whatever it is that you want to do, any dream that you want to do. Oftentimes, we let fear get in the way, or we let procrastination or insecurity get in the way of us dreaming or taking that first step.


“So what I say now is, whenever I get nervous about something, I acknowledge it and I just start. It doesn’t matter. It doesn’t have to be perfect… If there’s something that you’ve always wanted to do, just do it!”



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