I finally caved this year and bought an Apple® Watch. It wasn’t that I coveted one and quite frankly I was sort of annoyed by my Fitbit® friends who walk around, count every step and then post on Facebook® about hitting 10,000 steps in a day. Try telling an RN that 10,000 steps is an achievement!
I mentor a lot of RNs interested in legal nurse consulting who fret about whether they practice in the right specialties or have enough nursing experience to be successful.
Growing up in New Orleans taught me that you can have a party anywhere and for just about any reason. Tom learned this firsthand at a funeral in New Orleans where even death is worthy of celebration.
You probably know at least one person whose parents “set them up in business.” But let’s face it, most of us are not so lucky to have crazy rich parents and are on our own to subsidize our success.
Opportunity rarely presents the way you expect it to – it’s often a master of disguise. Case in point – a new Certified Legal Nurse Consultant rejected an opportunity to consult on a legal nurse consultant job because it was outside of her specialty.
The comparison game is a trap. You can always find someone who has more than you do – more success, money, health, love or whatever it is you desire. And sometimes to make themselves feel better, people will find someone who has less (just watch Jerry Springer).
I’ve always been more interested in surrounding myself with, and studying, successful people than studying people who fail. But unfortunately, failure is noisier than success and I witness one common failure trait so often that I can’t remain quiet about it one minute more.
Just when I thought I was maxed out and operating at full capacity, the universe threw a curve ball at me. I was left with no choice but to step up to the plate and face that curve ball head on. It’s in these situations that I summon my own personal Thought for Success “If you want the impossible done give it to a woman on fire.”
I’m often in awe of, and humbled by, the nursing knowledge and expertise of the RNs who come through the CLNC® Certification Program. I joke with Tom that if I ever have a medical crisis I hope it’s in a roomful of Certified Legal Nurse Consultants.
So often I’ll hear someone ask, “Why is that woman successful? I’m just as talented, skilled and inventive as she is, so why not me?” There’s a pretty simple reason why, but it’s not one that most people are comfortable with.