How to Navigate the Four Career Crises

How to Navigate the Four Career Crises

Remember when you were 18 and everyone kept asking about what you're going to do next? At the other end of the spectrum was the mid-life crisis and all those raised eyebrows when you drove up in the Maserati with that person on your arm or you are showing your BFFs your new sleeve tat.

Now, add two other life stage crises: the quarter-life crisis and the encore career/retirement/side gig decision. Doctors, it seems, have been grappling with these life stages a lot lately.

Crisis 1: What Should I Do When I Grow up? 

Crisis 2: How Did I Wind up in this Quarter Life Crisis?

Signs you are having a quarter life crisis:

According to The Guardian, the quarter-life crisis affects 86% of millennials, who report being bogged down by insecurities, disappointments, loneliness, and depression. Millennials, it’s less of a question of if you will experience a quarter-life crisis than it is a question of when. Here's how to cope.

Crisis 3: What Do I Do to Resolve My Mid-Career Crisis?

Crisis 4: Should I Retire, Rewire, or Inspire

Like they say, life is not one thing after another. It's the same thing over and over again. I'll see you at the other side of the happiness U curve.

Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA is the President and CEO of the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs.

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  • Ruben De Regge

    It's very hard to find people who think like this.

  • Matthew Strader

    This is inspiring for anyone at any age.

  • Andrew Wieslaw

    So encouraging!

  • Tom Boyle

    I just turned 40 and am finally pursuing what I've been wanting to do since I was a child.

  • Johnny Brannigan

    People will support you when you start working with purpose.

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Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA

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Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA is a professor emeritus of otolaryngology, dentistry, and engineering at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the Colorado School of Public Health and President and CEO of the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs at He has created several medical device and digital health companies. His primary research centers around biomedical and health innovation and entrepreneurship and life science technology commercialization. He consults for and speaks to companies, governments, colleges and universities around the world who need his expertise and contacts in the areas of bio entrepreneurship, bioscience, healthcare, healthcare IT, medical tourism -- nationally and internationally, new product development, product design, and financing new ventures. He is a former Harvard-Macy fellow and In 2010, he completed a Fulbright at Kings Business, the commercialization office of technology transfer at Kings College in London. He recently published "Building the Case for Biotechnology." "Optical Detection of Cancer", and " The Life Science Innovation Roadmap". He is also an associate editor of the Journal of Commercial Biotechnology and Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship and Editor-in-Chief of Medscape. In addition, He is a faculty member at the University of Colorado Denver Graduate School where he teaches Biomedical Entrepreneurship and is an iCorps participant, trainer and industry mentor. He is the Chief Medical Officer at and and Chairman of the Board at GlobalMindED at, a non-profit at risk student success network. He is honored to be named by Modern Healthcare as one of the 50 Most Influential Physician Executives of 2011 and nominated in 2012 and Best Doctors 2013.

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