But doctors DO need to know how to learn, understand and process a lot of information. Someone who can’t do that can’t treat you effectively. Would you want a physician saying, “Sorry about the fact that your mom died, but I didn’t really know how to help her. I thought it was stomach flu because I couldn’t remember the symptoms of appendicitis. Whoops! Did I mention that I really love being a doctor?”
I don’t think she was telling people to lower their expectations, but rather to refine them. For example, I love to bake, but I will never be an award-winning pastry chef. I’m good with kids but as much as I love the li’l rascals I know I don’t have the aptitude to be a teacher. I like gardening but I do not have what it takes to become a skilled landscape architect.
So I do those things for fun and personal enjoyment rather than tell myself that I should totally go back to school because it would be AWESOME to do them professionally.
And I absolutely agree about the writing part, having made a living at it for more than 30 years now. A lot of people THINK they could be writers but don’t want to put in the work that’s necessary — just as people think they want to, say, open cupcake shops because they like to bake once or twice a month. It takes more than enthusiasm to make a living at something. That’s not elitist. That’s reality.