Let’s take a break from the incestuous, abusive, insulting behavior we have been talking about.
Playing for Change, Episode 47
I try to answer every thoughtful e-mail I receive, however I can’t do it with this batch. I have gotten so many questions from young pharmacists who just finished reading “The Prisoners of Comfort” that I cannot answer each of them separately. I’m going to answer all of them now, right here.
There is a lot of doom and gloom. “What did I get myself into?”
There is some hope. “How do I get out of this?”
Some are smart rats. “How do I avoid becoming a Prisoner of Comfort?
First, I wonder what you smoked in high school to think that you deserve an easy path with respect and ready-made professional satisfaction. Both of those are up to you.
Second, what the frikk? You are 27 years old. You have just started. You are making more money than any of your friends. You work inside, out of the rain. It is not all bad. How about exhibiting some patience. If there is going to be a viable revolution, we need you on the metaphorical barricades.
Here is my best advice to you. It is not what I did when I was your age. It is what I now know that I should have done. Starting in 1965, when I got my first job in California, I made more money than I could have imagined. My last job in Ohio paid me $8000.00 a year for a 48 hour week. My first job out west paid me $18,000.00 a year for a 50 hour week. I lived 25 minutes from the North Beach area in San Francisco. Drinking Irish Coffee at two in the morning at a table out on the sidewalk at Enrico’s on Broadway epitomized the way this idiot lived. My first wife and I lived the high life and never looked at the future. It was fun, but I truly ended up a Prisoner of Comfort in an era when pharmacists were respected and were the kings and queens of the pharmacy.
If you are single, you have the chance to avoid being a Prisoner.
Avoid debt at all costs. That is all you have to do.
Get at least six months living expenses put away.
You don’t need to drive a new Lexus. A Honda Civic will do you well. A used one. It sits in a parking lot most of the time anyway.
Enjoy your life.
If you are married with two incomes, do the same thing. Be very selective about what debts you take on. There is no more freedom that facing an abusive manager and saying “No.”
Some of you expressed frustration about the job, the monotony of the Prescription Mill. You asked, “Help, what should I do?”
My advice is to Join The Revolution. This process is outlined in detail in “The Rebels of Comfort.”
This is no big deal demanding work and effort. All you have to do is exercise your professional discretion and PRACTICE PHARMACY. If you are mean-spirited, you can hope that your CVS store manager is such an idiot that he dares to repeatedly tell you not to counsel so much. Keep good records. Document every incident with names, dates and what was said. You will own their asses when your attorney goes to the state board.
Every independent professional task is a revolutionary act.
That’s my advice before I go to work. Perhaps others will join in.