Can You Remove Your Own Burrs as a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant?

Can You Remove Your Own Burrs as a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant?

I was on a hiking trip with a guide, Colin. The trail varied between rock and brush. Colin’s dog, Uzuri, came with us, sometimes running ahead of us, sometimes following behind, but almost never on the trail. Well into the hike we encountered a section of trail infested with burrs. Soon Uzuri came up next to me. She was limping along on three legs, obviously having picked up a burr.

The nurse in me immediately kicked in. I called the dog over and looked at her troubled paw. When Colin came up behind me, I asked him the best way to remove the burrs. He replied, “Oh, I don’t do that. I let her sort it out. Otherwise, I’ll spend all my time out here picking burrs off her.” I put her paw down and, sure enough, moments later she was running along next to us again on all fours, the burr gone and forgotten.

As we hiked, I thought about Colin’s words and actions. He lives a lifestyle where self-reliance is a necessity, not a luxury. In a land as brutal and harsh as the wilderness, people and animals must be strong and learn to depend on themselves. Without independence, no living thing lasts long in the wilderness.

Principles That Work in the Wild Also Work For Your CLNC® Business

This principle also applies in our world of business and legal nurse consulting. Sometimes when faced with a business challenge, we must figure it out on our own. If we come up with our own solutions, we grow stronger. Excessive reliance on others for our success merely weakens us. Soon even the simplest task becomes difficult. Challenges we once conquered with relish and ease become nearly impossible.

Nietzsche said, “That which doesn’t kill me makes me stronger.” His words, while a bit overly dramatic, ring true for all entrepreneurs. You don’t usually die in business. You may suffer some injuries – to your pride, your reputation, your pocketbook or your dreams. But if you don’t learn to be independent, your dreams may die, and they’ll certainly always be in someone else’s hands, not your own.

My sympathy for Uzuri caused me to almost intervene to her detriment. If I had helped her, I would have had a friend for life. Instead, Colin encouraged me to let her be independent. The next time she picks up a burr, she’ll handle it like a pro. She won’t limp back to the main house looking for Colin or me.

CLNC Mentors Help You Become Your Own Burr-Removing Expert

The Institute’s CLNC Mentors play a similar role for you. They will guide you and teach you to remove your own burrs. But the CLNC Mentors won’t protect you from every burr. They know that removing burrs for you keeps you from experimenting and learning the vital skill of independence. They appreciate the wisdom of the old saying: Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day – teach him to fish, and you feed him forever.

This doesn’t mean you should never ask for help in removing a burr. Some burrs are too big or too thorny to pull out by yourself. The successful Certified Legal Nurse Consultant knows when to ask for help and when to “just do it!” They also know that the taste of victory is never so sweet as when it comes from your own efforts.

Use your mentoring wisely. It’s intended to be a teaching tool – not a crutch. Our job is to help you achieve CLNC success. Your job is to be successful. To live your own dreams, start removing your own burrs today.

May you never have a dream you can’t attain or a burr too big to pick out. Got to go! I’ve got a big burr to remove!

Success Is Yours,

P.S. Comment and share one example of how removing a Legal Nurse Consultant burr has made you stronger.

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*The opinions and statements made by Vickie Milazzo, the founder of Medical-Legal Consulting Institute, Inc. are based on her experiences and expertise, should not be applied beyond the specific context provided, and do not guaranty or project actual results. Vickie Milazzo is no longer involved in the operations or management of the business, but is involved as an independent education consultant.

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