- Dec 20, 2004
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to every single person that says... i'm not in it for the money, is a LIAR.
sure, saving lives, working /helping people is great, but the money just tops it. icing on the cake.
Some may be liars but certainly not every single person, perhaps not even most. For example, lot of nontrads already earned pretty good money before changing streams (there was a thread on this on the nontrad board a while back), and clearly would have been better off fiscally if they stayed put, rather than go into a decade of debt during school and training. So no, not all folks are in it for the money.
But the assumption that "saving lives" and "helping people" is what people who aren't focused on money must be into is flawed and shallow. Altruism is an extreme and equally lame knee-jerk, IMHO. Folks should go into medicine because they want to practice medicine. The other stuff, money, helping people, are just nice perqs if they happen. But shouldn't really be anyone's primary driving force. Because there are other places you can go to maximize both those goals that don't involve the lenghty training.