Opting-Out! Life Improvement Strategies for the Surgeon Who Wants More...in 10 minutes - Episode 33

Pump the brakes on your week and take 10 minutes to make your life as a surgeon just a little better…

Jeff welcomes back to the podcast plastic surgeon and SurgeonMasters contributor, Jonathan Cabin, MD. The topic of discussion in this episode is Opting-Out - a strategy Jonathan employs to manage his time and the overwhelm of negative social media.

Before you tune out - this isn’t just a social media strategy. It is a life improvement strategy!

What are we doing that brings negativity? Who are we hanging out with that brings negativity? How can we opt-out with class? Jonathan’s strategy of opting-out can be applied more broadly.


How does he suggest we start?

  • Step 1 - Think about content and people that bring you value and purpose.

  • Step 2 - Find activities or interactions that feel obligatory or bring about negativity.

  • Step 3 - Opt-Out!

Be strategic about how you spend your time. Focus on what brings value to your life and opt-out of those activities that are weighing you down. When in doubt, no need to rush. Start planning it out or get some perspective from someone who brings you more positivity.

Most importantly, become aware of the people and experiences that bring value to your life to cultivate more meaningful and positive interactions.

If you're not familiar with Dr. Jonathan Cabin, he is a board-certified facial plastic & reconstructive surgeon with a private practice in Beverly Hills, California. His areas of expertise include surgical and non-surgical facial rejuvenation, primary and revision rhinoplasty, facial reconstruction, and migraine surgery. In addition to caring for his patients, Dr. Cabin writes on the topics of performance-enhancement for physicians, surgical coaching, and bringing joy and meaning back into the practice of medicine.

Opting-Out is a great example of how surgeons can improve their effectiveness inside and outside of the OR.