Why You Need to Get Uncomfortable to Grow
April 8th, 2023, By Brett Levine, MD
When I play tennis, I have 2 options.
I can play with players that are at my level or I am better than and I give myself confidence and it’s less stressful and easier.
I can play with players that are better than me where it is uncomfortable and more difficult, but my game improves as I learn from playing with them.
From tennis, I am reminded that I don’t get better by playing players worse than me.
I don’t grow when I am comfortable.
Comfort is the enemy of progress.
I grow from the discomfort of stretching myself.
That is what I did in high school to get into college.
In college to get into med school.
In med school to get into residency.
In practice to grow my solo private practice.
With my partner when we merged private practices to form our group.
That’s what we do
when we nervously ask someone out who becomes our spouse.
Or we give our first talk.
Or we push ourselves on an Ironman or marathon.
But this isn’t only about physical fitness, sports, and school.
I stepped out of my comfort zone over and over again…
When I wrote my first book, How to Join, Buy or Merge a Physician’s Practice.
When I joined my mastermind group, Gobundance, as the first doctor in a real estate mastermind.
When I created BOOMM to share what has helped me change from the graduating resident to the entrepreneur I have become.