Karl Marx believed that the American Worker on an assembly line was dissatisfied because they added a widget to a developing product and never were involved in the overall creation of a “product” – that their product was an unfinished item, now simply with one more part. The absence of a finished product of one’s own creation yielded sadness and discontent in the workplace.
Medicine is not an assembly line. While physician satisfaction with the current medical system has declined, our pride and satisfaction with healthy patients exists because we (hopefully) are able to transition an unhealthy situation into a healthy outcome. Maybe, as a surgeon, I am able to visualize this process more quickly than my medical colleagues, but we all tuck away those positive outcomes to walk away at the end of the day more satisfied than we started.
While I am not a religious person, I have, for years, recommended a terrific book called “The Diamond Cutter” by Michael Roach. The author reconciles doing good in the workplace with doing well (financially) in the workplace. I read it at least once a year to remind me of what is important in life. Let me know how I can help you achieve what is important in your life.