The Doogie Howser Syndrome

For those that are not familiar with the show, Doogie Howser was one of the biggest TV series of the 90’s. Here is a break down of the plot.

As a child, Dr. Douglas “Doogie” Howser twice survived early-stage pediatric leukemia after his father—a family physician—discovered suspicious bruising. The experience contributed to the younger Howser’s desire to enter medicine. Possessing a genius intellect and an eidetic memory. Howser participates in a longitudinal study of child prodigies until his 18th birthday. He earned a perfect score on the SAT at the age of six, completed high school in nine weeks at the age of nine, graduated from Princeton University in 1983 at age 10, and finished medical school four years later. At age 14, Howser was the youngest licensed doctor in the country. As a newspaper article (one of several noting some of Doogie’s aforementioned accomplishments that are shown in the series’ opening title sequence) stated, he “can’t buy beer… [but] can prescribe drugs”.,_M.D.

Neal Patrick Harris was such a cutie as Doogie Howser, MD and then, years later, we met him as Barney Stinson on How I met your mother, where he totally undid the cuteness factorCuteness aside though, the child protege Doogie was a fictitious character on a television show. He was not real. So then why do so many people find themselves emulating him today. Before I get a “but there are many child prodigies that actually do exist”, I do not dispute this, there are amazingly talented kids out there who are capable of doing spectacular things. What I focus on in this post is the average Joe who tries to be Doogie Howser. These kids are extraordinary gifted and are cable of achieving fetes that not everyone can. They are, above average. And sorry for the rest of us, but we really do fall into the average category. And again, by this I do not mean that we are incapable of producing different things or that we are all drones from the dummy factory. No, not in the least. I just mean that we do not all have that extra gift. So why do we push ourselves as if we do?

We’ve placed emphasis on fulfilling material goals and as the years go by, the age to achieve certain goals seems to be getting younger and younger. CEO’s used to average 50 years of age, now we are getting more youthful CEO’s and company heads. People are pushing themselves to stay competitive but at what costs? Is not new news that stress comes with many health related issues, as far sever as death. People literally work themselves to the bone.

Perhaps you’ve always wanted to chase a career and climb the corporate ladder. Sometimes it comes easier to some than others. But if your choice is to focus on building your career, try to remember that balance is important.  You have to weigh what is important to you.

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