“I told my [high school] advisor that I was thinking of going into medicine. Well, he kind of paused as he said: ‘Look, medicine is a really tough field. Maybe you ought to think of something different?’ And when he said that, that made me decide—no matter what—I WAS GOING TO DO IT.”
– Charles Glassman, MD
Imagine being an average high school student who gets dream-crushing discouragement from a guidance counselor after expressing a serious interest in pursuing a medical career. Instead of wallowing in despair, you find within you the courage to prove that guidance counselor wrong.
In this episode, we meet Charles Glassman, MD. With grit and determination, he has achieved success as a gifted physician, published author, and globally recognized thought-leader in the study of wellness.
In these key interview segments, Dr. Glassman:
- Takes us back to high school and the experience he had with that skeptical guidance counselor [start point 4:05]
- Describes his nerve-racking decision to ditch the traditional “fee-for-service” patient care arrangement [start point 9:06]
- Provides insight on what truly makes people sick [start point 19:29]
- Discusses the importance of meaningfulness and the pursuit of meaningful work [start point 27:19]
About our guest: From the time of his youth, Charles Glassman discovered that close friends sought, and appreciated, his advice. As a board-certified internal medicine doctor, and now as a well-recognized author and thought-leader, he finds his greatest purpose in empowering thousands of people around the globe to seek better health outcomes and more meaningful lives.
In 2002, he stopped accepting the health insurance payments that most doctors still take in favor of a “concierge” system in which patients pay his practice an annual fee. The result? His patients now get ample time with him and find the interactions more useful and enjoyable. What is more, Dr. Glassman gets beyond treating their illnesses to help them achieve a lifetime of wellness.
Part of his value proposition to patients is the advice that he offers in his blog. A patient once described Dr. Glassman’s wisdom as that offered by a coach, thus, Dr. Glassman became Coach MD. In 2009, and based partly on his newsletter and blog writings, Dr. Glassman published his first book, Brain Drain: The Breakthrough that will Change Your Life.
In 2018, he published an e-book to help readers thrive through our discordant times: Fake News Stories by Your Brain.
Charles Glassman received a Bachelor of Science degree from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and his M.D. from New York Medical College. His medical practice, the New York Center for Longevity and Wellness, is based in Pomona, New York.
EPISODE DATE: August 31, 2018
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Photo credits: Charles Glassman, MD