"Every expert was once a beginner."  How do I proceed with a topic such as this. I want to become a physician in an urban community -

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Rutherford B. Hayes, 19th President of the United States, is credited with the quotation, “The expert at anything was once a beginner”.

The essay should focus on attributes that separate those who are successful from those who are ordinary.  You should use famous successful persons as examples.   Because of your interest in medicine, I have selected the following two:

1.  Jonas Salk:  This famous American researcher and virologist was born of immigrant parents.  He separated himself from the pack during his initial medical schooling at NYU by early-on dedicating himself to medical research.  Certainly research was not a common goal of medical students at that time, nor would it promise riches and success.  By committing himself at an early point in his career, then persisting in striving toward his goal, he became a top expert in his field, and developed the first practical vaccine against Polio Myelitis, saving millions from paralysis.

2.  Ben Carson:  This modern day African American physician is a renowned pediatric neurosurgeon, heading pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University Medical School.  He gained fame for successfully separating two Siamese twins who had been joined at the backs of their heads.  Dr. Carson credits his mother with motivating his success.  He is a sought-after motivational speaker.  Please see reference 2 for details.

The essay should describe factors that lead a person from beginner to expert.  These might include self-motivation, drive, innate talent, focus, passion, a thirst for knowledge, persistence, a willingness to not always choose the easiest path, and influences such as parents, teachers, idols and mentors.

Most successful persons have read about famous experts and learned how and why they achieved success.

A common thread for transitioning from beginner to expert is the early selection of a career goal, and dogged pursuit thereof.