Dr Catherine Begovic is a leading female plastic surgeon; she has appeared in TV shows as the sole medical authority and boasts one of the most sought after clinics in Beverly Hills, California, with a wait list that can span 6 months. If you thought being the head surgeon of a busy medical practice already sounded draining, then get this: Catherine's also the CEO of skincare line GLAM MD. Not a cent is spent on advertising, yet word of mouth has seen the business generate an internationally loyal audience.
Catherine’s life has always been about defying the odds: at Harvard people used to send her hate mail and snidely remark that she would never become a doctor.
After witnessing the graphic aftermath of her best friend's suicide- she suffered serious psychological trauma and spiralled into a deep depression. In her final two years of college, Catherine also faced severe health complications. She recalls her health deteriorating to the point, where she was operated on and hospitalised for two weeks, right before her final exams. As a result, she failed a few classes and her GPA plummeted down to an all-time low.
She felt defeated. “How am I ever going to be a doctor? Maybe everyone is right, maybe I’m not good enough.” Despite the initial cloud of self-doubt, she rose up and accelerated, determined to chase her medical dreams. “I retook all my classes, got my GPA up, I undertook more research and published in leading scientific journals, I mentored and tutored, I did every possible extracurricular, I worked so hard. I think because of those difficult times, it actually pushed me to do extra and to be overly ambitious.” Her new work ethic was so intense, that whispers spread throughout the Harvard campus, as the once bubbly Catherine had retreated from her vibrant social life. People were so fascinated by the transformation, that she became the subject of a Harvard article titled, “Whatever happened to Catherine Huang (her maiden name)?”
Catherine proves that failure should never be seen as an impenetrable steel wall blocking your path to success. Hang in there and keep on steering; there are multiple paths to reach your destination- it’s never the end.