The ProspectiveDoctor Podcast

Why Med Students Should be Thinking About Real Estate Now

Dr. Erkeda DeRouen talks to Brett Riggins, a speaker, author, investor, and founder of Connect Home Buyers and Physician Wealth Systems. They discuss the benefits of having a great mindset in medicine, why physicians should learn about real estate investing, and how to surround yourself with the right people. 

  • [00:00] Introducing Brett Riggins
  • [03:32] Brett’s Journey to Real Estate
  • [05:59] Why You Need to Have a Basic Understanding of Real Estate
  • [08:46] The Mindset You Need to Succeed as a Physician
  • [11:35] Are You Taking Advantage of All the Opportunities in Your Life?
  • [16:32] Change “I Cannot” to “How Can I”
  • [18:37] To Succeed, Surround Yourself With The Right People
  • [20:20] What Brett Would Change About Healthcare
  • [24:30] Insurance and Why We Must Restructure the Healthcare System
  • [26:58] Be Proactive, Not Reactive
  • [28:09] Parting Thoughts

The Mindset You Need to Succeed as a Physician

You need a great mindset to succeed in all aspects of life, not just medicine. As a physician, especially early in your career, you’ll face demanding situations, complex cases, and endless sleepless nights. Your resilience will be tested, but a strong mindset will keep you going. So, instead of burying yourself deep in books, make time to develop a flexible and open mindset. This will allow you to embrace change, be more resilient and stay at the forefront of your field.

According to Brett, having the right mindset can be the difference between surviving and thriving as a physician. With a great mindset, you can turn obstacles into opportunities and setbacks into stepping stones.

Take Advantage of Every Opportunity in Life

In life, you will get lots of good opportunities. You will take some, and you will miss some. The key is to take advantage of as many opportunities as possible. The more opportunities you take, the better because sometimes, one opportunity can mean the difference between a mediocre life and an extraordinary one.

Brett believes the first and probably most important step in taking advantage of every opportunity is saying yes more often. Not all opportunities are great. But saying yes a lot more ensures you don’t miss out on the good ones. The best things in your life will happen because you said yes to something. Otherwise, your situation will stay the same.

You can reach Brett Riggins through his LinkedIn account: Check out his websites, Connect Home Buyers and Physician Wealth Systems, for more details about his work. 

Mentioned in This Episode:

How to Get Rich as Doctor by Brett Riggins

The Richest Man In Babylon by George S Clason 

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Erkeda DeRouen

Dr. Erkeda DeRouen is a graduate of Hampton University with a B.S. in Biological Sciences, followed by completing medical school at the Boston University School of Medicine. She then completed residency at The University of Maryland Family and Community Medicine Program. After that, she worked at an underserved community health center, and currently is an Associate Medical Director of a telemedicine company. She recently became one of the first 1,000 lifestyle medicine certified physicians in the world! Her areas of interest include: health equity and eliminating health disparities, service of underserved populations, HIV management, transgender care, mentorship, and lifestyle medicine.

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