My name is Nii Darko and let me get real with you. As a kid, I always wanted to have an impact on people or be larger than life. I thought about becoming an astronaut, athlete, lawyer, or doctor. It wasn’t until the Cosby Show that I knew what I wanted to be. A successful doctor with a beautiful wife, great kids, and lives in Brooklyn… What more could a regular kid from Queens, New York want?
After getting the degrees, credentials, and certifications, I realized that my life was far from a TV show. As a doctor, not only was I not in complete control over my life, but I also hadn’t explored other talents I knew I had. I was in a box.
After a year of doing locums work, I had met so many doctors making moves outside of traditional medicine. There were doctors who did medical humanitarian work in war-torn places of the world, others running their own businesses, and some on TV.
They were happy and passionate not just about being physicians but about being IMPACTFUL and adding VALUE to society by doing more than just medicine.
I thought to myself “If I had known some of these stories or met these people during my climb up the ladder, maybe I would have done things a bit differently.” So, I pulled my other talents off the back burner and created Docs Outside the Box podcast. Docs Outside the Box podcast brings stories of ordinary doctors doing extraordinary things to inspire other docs to think outside the box. My guests are living proof that doctors can break free from the exam room.
Their stories have inspired me to push past my comfort zone. I run Equal Access Health, a successful locum tenens business, where we help physicians obtain the lifestyle they deserve. Recently, I am proud to be a best-selling author with my book, 3,2,1…Podcast, that helps you build brand authority through podcasting. Alongside my wife, medical humanitarian work continues to be a passion of ours when we work with International Healthcare Volunteers in Ghana.
I recognize there are plenty of you who don’t feel inspired, are stuck, or just feel like your voice doesn’t matter! I’m living proof that you can break free. Podcasting helped me get off the sidelines. If a kid from New York City can do it, so can you!
Ever wondered what more you could be, what more you can do? Let’s start the journey together. Put on your headphones, be inspired, and join the movement.
How will you answer, “I’m not just a doc…”?
Dr. Nii Darko
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