Francis' Open Road
Be Open to Opportunities (1:11)
Find Your Passion (0:49)
Pick Something You Love (1:25)
Science and Faith (1:16)
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- At the end of high school and through most of college, he was 100% certain he'd be a chemist.
- Stresses "just because something is fun to learn about in a school setting, doesn't necessarily mean it's something you want to do with your life."
- As he saw his fellow chemistry graduate students going into teaching positions, he realized that might not be a path he wanted to take.
- Coincidentally shared a lab with a fellow graduate who was working with DNA; was always more interested in that work than his own.
- Says you might come to a crossroads where you wonder, am I truly changing course to follow a passion, or do I just not have the drive to see my current work through?
- Took the leap and changed course; went to medical school and loved it from day one; says he felt like, "Hallelujah, I've really found it."
- Says in the same way he had a completely different path laid out 20 years ago, he's open to more changes in his path over the next 20 years.
- Wishes he'd known the average person has five careers; started out so worried he'd mess up his one shot at a career that he almost didn't take any risks.