Professional Rugby Player to Medical Doctor
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In this episode, Tom Rees joins me, and we talk about significant career shifts. Tom is a medical doctor with the NHS and before that was a professional rugby player, playing for both London Wasps and England. Tom shares how he got started with the sport and ended up as a professional rugby player and goes on to talk about how an injury ended his sports career, how he dealt with it, and how he moved on to a new career.

Key Takeaways

  • Luck sometimes plays a part in success but working hard, brings that luck
  • Success is not an overnight thing. Small achievements, wins, and skills snowball and bring more success
  • Having someone not making you do anything, but encouraging you to try everything is important. This could be a parent, a coach, or a mentor 
  • Take ownership of what is going on with your job or career
  • It is the hard work away from the pitch that leads to success
  • Expose yourself to those who are more skilled or experienced and learn from them
  • Get comfortable making mistakes and pushing beyond where you think your limits are
  • Take in advice from other people and use the bits that work for you
  • You don't need to make a massive impact on the world, just improve a little bit of the world around you
  • Don't define yourself by your job
  • Lean on friends, family and colleagues during tough times
  • Understand that things that have made you successful to this point and then apply to other areas
  • Listen to the episode for more gems of wisdom!

Recommended Reading

Tom recommended the following books:

Find Out More About Tom

You can find out more about Tom by visiting his Wikipedia page. See Tom in action here and here.

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