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The Happy Doc

Dec 9, 2018

"No one wants to be a quitter" is a common phrase you might hear from time to time. Well, our next guest is going to show us why everyone should be a quitter! Welcome physician and lawyer (yes she's a physician and lawyer) Dr. Lynn Marie Morski. In this episode, we will learn about the art of quitting and how to use quits to increase your happiness in life.

Our Guest

Lynn Marie Morski MD, Esq.

Dr. Lynn Marie Morski is a Quitting Evangelist. She helps people to and through their quits through her book Quitting By Design and her podcast Quit Happens, along with speaking and coaching. She is also a board-certified physician in family medicine and sports medicine, currently working at the Veterans Administration. In addition, she is an attorney and former adjunct law professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law.

Dr. Morski began her professional life as a multimedia designer, then made a major shift and embarked on a medical career which began at St. Louis University School of Medicine, then continued with family medicine residency at the Mayo Clinic and a sports medicine fellowship at the University of Arizona. During this time she was published in the American Journal of Family Medicine and presented at an International meeting of the American Society for Sports Medicine.

After obtaining board certification in Family Medicine and a Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine, Dr. Morski began law school at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, CA, where she graduated as valedictorian in December 2014. She was admitted to the California Bar in June 2015. Prior to writing a book and beginning her podcast, she was an adjunct professor of health law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law and served as co-founder, Chief Medical Office and in-house legal counsel for MedRepublic.

When not doctoring, lawyering, or preaching the gospel of strategic quitting, Lynn Marie can be found doing yoga, throwing around kettlebells or a steel mace, playing multiple musical instruments and dancing like everyone's watching.


A happy human makes a happy doctor because you can't go to work and be somebody you are not at your core.

Top Points

  1. A happy human is a happy doctor. Enjoying relationships, hobbies, and your practice is a recipe for a happy life.
  2. Figure out what you want to quit, why you want to quit, and make sure not to repeat it!
  3. Give yourself permission to leave something if it doesn't serve you any longer
  4. Your feelings might be telling you something: anxiety, frustration, envy, etc., are signals that that maybe we need to quit certain parts of our life.
  5. Quitting doesn't have to be all or none (although it can be), quitting small aspects of the things we do in life can enhance our quality of life.
  6. Creating a not-to-do list is a powerful tool to organizing your thoughts and creating space for what you might want to do.
  7. Two basic types of fear involved in quitting: esoteric and logistical. Esoteric fears are the common fear we all experience inside our heads. Logistical fears are about "how are we going to make this actually work." Logistical fear requires strategy and planning.
  8. Cost fallacy: doctors are at risk of committing this. Justifying time, cost, and energy they have put into something as the reason they continue to work the way they do.
  9. Give yourself permission to enjoy your life.
  10. Listen to the episode for more...


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