But for Dr. Wagner and his colleagues, it is an ideal situation. Nearly two decades ago, he said, “In 20 years, I put in 40 years of work hours, and I said, ‘This is ridiculous. What am I going to do—make more money to put in the bank?’ The answer was no. It was time to give back. Winston Churchill said, ‘You make a living by what you earn, and a life by what you give.’”
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Today, after working in regions as varied as Paraguay, Cambodia, Colombia, Ukraine, the Marshall Islands, and Ethiopia, he says he’s doing what feels right. “The people you work with, your partners, you have to feel comfortable with. The people of the world are all the same, irrespective of language, religion, or skin color. Your goal is to use your intuition and find partners who are transparent [and] have similar goals and motives, and remember that the partnership is like a marriage in many ways. I’ve got great partners today because I’ve weeded out all the bad ones whose philosophies I later found out were different from that of Global ENT Outreach.”
Cheryl Alkon is a freelance medical writer based in Massachusetts.