In 1982 I started a legal nurse consulting business and then an education company – both at a time when RNs didn’t own businesses. I had to push through other people’s perceptions of what a nurse and a woman could do. It wasn’t easy, but I did it and here I am still standing, the fact which I consider to be my true success. After all, anyone can start a business, but few succeed at it year after year and decade after decade.
While I overcame people’s biases, including those of my bank, colleagues, friends and family, worked a full-time job and invented not just a new career for myself, but an entire nursing profession, I’m not sure that any of those challenges were more daunting than what you have to contend with today. Trying to start a legal nurse consulting business in the era of the new and improved and easy digestible and infinitely distractable experiences of Netflix, Instagram, TikTok, YouTube and more (Need I go on?) is enough to derail you.
Maybe you can’t turn off the Internet and your favorite TV shows like I turned off my TV until the pandemic set in hard (Tom jokes I’m the only American who hasn’t seen a single episode of the Kardashians). I appreciate how TV and social media can be addictive, but it’s also a less rewarding, passive form of living. To be successful you can, and should, decide how much control of your career and life you’ll give to passive living.
While you’re at it, also ask and answer honestly whether those feel-good addictions make you happy and serve you and your life or just distract you from the same.
I’ve been accused of missing out on a lot of pop culture and I don’t regret it. Starting a business that honors you and your own voice gives you happiness and fulfilment so much more than a funny cat video, somebody else’s Insta or a single episode of Bridgerton (Season 1 excluded of course 😊).
It’s time to realize and claim the power of you. You’ve got one life – make it your own.
Success Is Yours,
P.S. Comment and share whether Netflix, TikTok and YouTube are distracting you from your career goals.