Doesn’t really seem right, does it?
So what’s that distinction? Well, it ties into the ongoing discussion about who does, or does not, have the capability to provide the skills patients need, and who will, or won’t, be able to do the work – that discussion about patients’ needs and fulfilling those needs.
Let’s look at it this way first:
Colleen has always loved houses, and has been the admin in a real estate company for almost 30 years. She has handled details upon details for others – from seller contracts to purchaser contracts, from arranging for home showings, to making phone calls to rustle up inspectors, to retrieving signs from a “sold” property’s front yard. She knows her stuff, she’s done it all, she’s seen it all, and now she’s decided she wants to do real estate work on her own. So Colleen quits her job, and goes into business for herself.
Colleen approaches her business very professionally, doing all the stuff she thinks she’s supposed to do. She makes up business cards and some flyers. She builds a website. She lets everyone in her neighborhood and her church know that she’s got decades of real estate experience, and now she’s ready to help them list or buy a house. Yes, her phone rings on occasion, but… The business just doesn’t come in to support her well enough. Eventually she takes a part time job so she can pay some of her bills. But, of course, if she’s at work at her part time job, and people call her for help right away, she misses the opportunity.
Six months later, Colleen is forced to give up her dream of being in business for herself, doing what she loves and is passionate about. She can’t support herself and the phone just doesn’t ring often enough. But she just doesn’t understand it – Colleen can’t figure out why she can’t build a business.
What Colleen missed, the reason she can’t succeed, is the same reason many of you who read this will go out of business, too. Until you recognize it and act on it, you are doomed to fail (unless, of course, you win the lottery and can be a patient advocate for free, with no worry about income….)