If you take emotional responsibility for everyone else's problems, putting their monkeys on your back and in your mind, you'll have a hard time finding room for your own needs at the end of the veterinary workday.
People with an internal "locus of control"—who believe that they have control over their destinies and that their actions matter—are happier and healthier. But making changes in your life isn't as easy for everybody, and we need to acknowledge that more than we do.
For young associate Dr. Greenskin, the biggest choice of her life in buying the practice from old Dr. Codger feels like a question of time: Time for family and personal life … or time traded for money and career fulfillment. Which will she choose?