Dr. Ari Brown – Success To Me
Sep 20 2009

I interviewed Dr. Ari Brown (pdf) for The University of Texas at Austin’s alumni magazine, The Alcalde, for an article that was published in the July/Aug 2006 issue.  My writing partner, Pam Losefksy, and I pulled these articles together a while back and you can see them on the Success Profiles page of this blog.  You can see the full article on Ari by clicking HERE (pdf).

Dr. Brown is a board certified pediatrician at the Capital Pediatric Group in Austin.  She’s the co-author of Baby 411: Clear Answers and Smart Advice for your Baby’s First Year and Toddler 411.  She received her MD from Baylor College of Medicine and did her residency and fellowship at Harvard Medical School/Boston Children’s Hospital.  She has two children.

She shares:

The hallmarks of successful people are perseverance, self confidence, and satisfaction in what they do. In my daily work, I interact with parents, and I truly think being a parent is the most rewarding thing you could possibly do. A parent who is raising his or her children well, being a good advocate for them, and ensuring that they grow up healthy and strong in every sense of the word is a huge success.

She goes on to say:

My advice to young people looking to be successful in life is this: You can do it all, but you can’t do it all at the same time. Pace yourself. You want to accomplish many things in your life, but at the end of the day, your family is really the most important. Don’t put your family on hold to build your career; you have your whole life to work!

Parenting is one of the hardest yet rewarding things I’ve experienced.  It’s so true that if you can help someone be a better parent and connect with their kids, the world can be a better place.  That’s why I admire those people who take care of children from a childcare or medical perspective.  As a parent, it was great to get affirmation from our kid’s doctors that we were doing OK or to get advice from them on what things we could do differently.

I have to constantly remind myself of the fact that I can do a lot of things but not all at the same time.  I have a hard time pacing myself but I’m learning and trying and saying “no” to many things…even things I want to do but know I can’t do well right now until I get a few things settled.  My kids (as are most parents) are the most important things to me in the world and I hope when all is said and done they grow up knowing, believing, and feeling that so they can do anything (within reason of course) their hearts desire.  🙂

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