The reason I was happy to pay every cent of [surgery] was because I wasn’t paying for his “time in the O.R.” I was paying to be as far as possible away from the guy who went first. I was paying for his 25 years perfecting his skills, thousands of patients, tens of thousands of hours and tons of newbie mistakes avoided. I was, quite simply, paying not to be first.
— Some interesting thoughts on the power of properly valuing your work by Jonathan Fields. What do you think?