We are all pressured to fit in with our peers throughout our lives. And yet, sometimes “fitting in” leads to personal destruction. Dr. Nestor Rodriguez grew up in South Central Los Angeles surrounded by drugs and gangs, but he knew that life wasn’t for him. Yet after he became a young hot-shot doctor, he discovered there’s also danger in “drinking the Kool-Aid” of success. He finally exercised liberty to do his thing and pursue his own personal vision of success – and he’s much happier today as a result of his choice. If you’re wondering how to do your thing in a world pressuring you to be someone you’re not, don’t miss Episode 28!
Dr. Nestor Rodriguez
Dr. Nestor Rodriguez emigrated from El Salvador to the inner city of South Central Los Angeles at the age of seven. He grew up in a single-parent home in a neighborhood filled with drugs and gangs, yet despite the challenges, he successfully became the first person in his family to obtain a high school degree after graduating from the prestigious Loyola High School in Los Angeles.
Dr. Rodriguez subsequently earned his undergraduate degree in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology with honors and multiple academic awards from Yale University – after which point he followed his dream to study medicine. He received his doctorate in medicine from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, where he also discovered a passion for sports medicine, cosmetic procedures, and emergency medicine.
Dr. Rodriguez was a member of the inaugural class of the University of Wisconsin’s emergency medicine residency program. In 2010, he joined the faculty in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Wisconsin as the Assistant Residency director.
Today, Dr. Rodriguez is a renowned, board-certified emergency medicine physician and the Medical Director and Co-founder of Carbon World Health – a fitness and medical spa located in Madison, Wisconsin.
Nestor’s “Must Read” Book: Daring Greatly by Brené Brown
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