My own personal shortcomings include a massive ego. Yeah, pride comes before the fall, but learning how to jump is important.
But all paramedics have egos right? It’s part of walking to walk, if you’re afraid to take a (educated and calculated) risk when you’re slugging it out in the trenches then you probably won’t survive in this line of work (at least in the streets, you can play protocol slave all day in the hospital with no thought or rational effort and be just fine) and may need to find another profession.
Occasionally, I’m brought to a point where I re-evaluate my thoughts and stance on a series of ideas I had held.
This most recent FTO cycle (our probationary paramedics come to us in cycles, I think we’re on group 10 or 12 or something) gave me a new challenge. I had a new supervisor (actually 2 new supervisors, but it’s slightly irrelevant) who was familiar with me but didn’t quite see the method to the madness. Following an very barbed exchange, we had a sit down where we all got on the same page. Strangely enough, once he saw where I was coming from and I where he was coming from, I haven’t heard a single complaint since.
Occasionally, we all have to do things we don’t like. Mine is looking at myself with the same critical eye I look at others with.
What’s my point? Evaluate yourself just as hard as you evaluate the probies. Odds are, you’ll find yourself out of whack too. Practice what you’re preaching.