The world is changing at a very fast rate. In fact, the only constant is change. You have to constantly disrupt yourself. That’s actually what drives me as an entrepreneur.
I’m many things. I’m an optometrist by training, but I’m also currently the president of the Oklahoma Association of Optometric Physicians, and I speak nationally. I teach other doctors not only how to bring new modalities to their practice, but I also teach them how to run their business.
But at my heart, I’m an entrepreneur who happens to be a doctor too.
Guess what? I ended up being a salesperson, a leader, an entrepreneur. Guess how much training I got in how to sell anything, including myself? In how to be a leader and build a team? In how to run a business?
You guessed it: zero.
My journey has been a work in progress and always will be. There are days when I’m super excited. Then the next day I’m thinking, “What have I done?” Then the third day comes along, and I’m thinking, “Ooh, it’s working.” Then, “Oh, I screwed up.” Then, “Yes, it worked again!”
It’s a roller coaster! Being an entrepreneur is not for everyone. It’s not for the faint of heart. So what makes us want to be put ourselves through this?
For me, it’s the relentless pursuit of, “Is this really the best way in making a difference in peoples lives?”
Even in the shower, I have ten new ideas and forget to wash the conditioner out of my hair. But as entrepreneurs and business leaders, we have to do that on an ongoing basis.
My team and I change constantly. We know the world is in a constant state of change. I want to be the calm one on the roller coaster, not the one that’s in a panic mode 24/7. I still know that change is essential.
So remember, just because you’ve always done it that way and it got you where you are doesn’t mean it’s going to keep you there. You have to constantly ask yourself, “Is this truly the best way?”