Not a snot: How prevalent is the combination of brilliant and nice?

A good friend recently told me how highly she would recommend the surgeon who did her two shoulder surgeries for his excellent surgical skills, non-existent infection rate and her description of him as a “nice guy to boot. Not a snot.”

She has a wonderful, direct way with words that often has me roaring with laughter. None of the politically correct stuff we come to expect in today’s world. Her comment made me wonder how rare the combination of brilliant talent and “niceness” is in today’s world.

I have had several medical providers who I have dealt with over the years who are very nice, smart but have left me dissatisfied with how they have handled my care; leaving me feeling like things are okay but that I could feel so much better if there was a way to bring things to the next level. Not having really experienced anything too acutely serious medically, I have never had the experience you hear about with the brilliant surgeon or specialist who possesses a terrible bed-side manner.

The Naturopath I currently see for my Lyme disease, like my friend’s surgeon is also an exception to the rule. I am regularly awed by his encyclopedic knowledge and the fact that he has exceptional communication skills able to gracefully address the human, emotional side of healing as well as the physical including no hesitation to say when he doesn’t know the answer to something. The other word that comes to mind is humble. I have never met a medical provider who is so open to other points of view.

So, how about you? How often do you run across people who are both brilliant and just plain nice human beings (or as Jane would say, not a snot)? Are these people rare or more prevalent than our assumptions might tell us? Leave a note about your experience.

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3 thoughts on “Not a snot: How prevalent is the combination of brilliant and nice?

  1. I am not familiar with the medical world but in the business world its a toss-up. Some brilliant (or at least successful) ones are not snots but others are. I think it has more to do with their own security and sense of compassion.


  2. Well my experience with the medical profession is limited, but I have found most of the doctors to be detached and distant. It has always been the nurses that showed any compassion and understanding of what you might be going thru. It might be that they spend so much more time with patients and their families.
    It is good you have a compassioniate person to work with. I think that makes a big difference.


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