At 19, Carl Allamby opened his own auto body shop in Ohio, US, after three years of working at an auto parts store. He dreamed of being a doctor, but "the schools that we went to just weren't made for putting out lawyers or other professionals," he reflected. After 20 years of running a successful auto body shop that grew into two locations, he felt a need for a change. Enrolling in business school, a prerequisite class in biology brought back his childhood passion for medicine, and he enrolled in medical school full time in 2015. As a full time student, he auctioned off his business, after thoughtful planning and the loving support of his wife, Kim, a physical therapist, and four children. "I liquidated my whole life that I had worked at for 25 years -- in about 10 hours," he reflected. The planning and hard work paid off. In August 2022, started his first big job in medicine, as an attending physician in emergency medicine at Cleveland Clinic's Hillcrest Hospital in Mayfield Heights. "Not all of us are going to be able to fulfill everything that we had in mind. But trying hard and working towards it is something you should always do," he said. "As long as you give it your all, and do what you can with the hand you were dealt, you'll never blame yourself for falling short of your dreams."

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