November 30, 2021

Why I Left Medicine... Forever

Ali Abdaal
So I've been agonising about this for a few months now, and I think I'm at a point where I can comfortably say that I'm leaving medicine for good. In this video we're going to have a bit of a chat about the thought process behind this decision, and I'll share my thoughts around the main fears that I had after investing 8 years of time and money into it. Maybe I'll change my mind and come back one day...who knows?! Giving What We Can: My friend Lucia's charity - Lead Elimination - Give Well Against Malaria Foundation: How many lives does a doctor save?: Steven Bartlett on Quitting: Playlist where you can see my thinking process on this journey to eventually quitting medicine: Timestamps - 00:00 INTRO 01:46 WHY WE WORK - MONEY 03:25 WHY WE WORK - FUN 05:46 WHY WE WORK - HELPING PEOPLE 09:58 WHY WE WORK - PURPOSE/MEANING 12:55 WHY WE WORK - SOCIAL STATUS 14:25 MY STRUGGLES - RISK AVERSION 16:42 MY STRUGGLES - FEAR 18:12 GOING PART-TIME AND WHY IT DIDNโ€™T WORK 21:22 HELPING PEOPLE (THE LONG VERSION) 32:27 ANSWERING TWITTER MY FREE ONLINE COURSES: ๐Ÿš€ Productivity Masterclass - Principles and Tools to Boost Your Productivity - ๐ŸŽฌ Video Editing with Final Cut Pro X - From Beginner to YouTuber - ๐ŸŽ“ How to Study for Exams - An Evidence-Based Masterclass - PART-TIME YOUTUBER ACADEMY: ๐Ÿฟ My 6-week live online course - MY FAVOURITE GEAR: ๐ŸŽฅ My YouTube Camera Gear - โŒจ๏ธ My Keyboard - Wireless Coral mechanical keyboard (Cherry Blue) - ๐Ÿ“ My favourite iPad Screen Protector - Paperlike - ๐ŸŽ’ My Desk Accessories + Todo List - Ugmonk - MY FAVOURITE SOFTWARE: โœ๏ธ The best summaries of books (Shortform) - ๐Ÿ“š How I remember what I read (Readwise) - ๐ŸŽต Where I get my Music (amazing for YouTubers) - ๐ŸŽ™ My weekly podcast - My brother and I host a weekly podcast where we discuss happiness, creativity and the human condition. You can find it by searching โ€œNot Overthinkingโ€ on any podcast app (eg: Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts etc). BE MY FRIEND: ๐Ÿ’Œ Sign up to my weekly email newsletter - ๐ŸŒ My website / blog - ๐Ÿ“ธ Instagram - ๐Ÿฆ Twitter - ๐ŸŽฎ Twitch - WHO AM I: Iโ€™m Ali, a YouTuber, podcaster, soon-to-be author and ex-Doctor working in London, UK. I make videos that explore the strategies and tools that help us live happier, healthier and more productive lives. I also have a weekly podcast called Deep Dive (, and I write a weekly email newsletter that contains some quick thoughts + links to interesting things ( GET IN TOUCH: If youโ€™d like to talk, Iโ€™d love to hear from you. Tweeting @AliAbdaal directly will be the quickest way to get a response, but if your question is very long, feel free to email me at I try my best to reply to things but there sadly aren't enough hours in the day to respond to everyone ๐Ÿ˜ญ PS: Some of the links in this description are affiliate links that I get a kickback from ๐Ÿ˜œ
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