I hesitate to share my ideas.....

career culture growth mindset Apr 13, 2021
Why don't I share my ideas?
 
I have a friend who has by all accounts achieved the highest level in his profession -- years of experience in professional sports and respected by all who know him. Yet, he can get stuck...it is so hard for him to take public action. He wants affirmation for all of the people he respects and all the naysayers, then he might take action.
 
I am the same way. Why is it so hard for me to publish my ideas? Those who know me, fully recognize that I have no hesitation to share my opinion with them -- and speak it as if it were truth...
 
But when it comes to sharing my thoughts publicly in a social media platform, I hesitate. I beyond hesitate. I don't do it unless it is nearly perfect or approved by others. What I am I afraid of?
 
1. Being wrong 
2. Offending someone
3. Publicly being shamed
 
The truth is, we all suffer from this. I have been reading The Practice by Seth Godin and it has helped me...
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Run Toward Something, Not Away From Something

Dear PT Students,

 

Run toward something, not away from something.

 

PT school can get old.  You’re not making money, you can’t take vacations like your friends, and the work does not end.  It is only natural to WANT it to end.

 

I don’t know any PT student that wanted to stay a student forever.  Many are counting down the practicals, the exams, and the days until they finally sign DPT after their name.

 

But, focusing on PT school ending makes you miss some really great opportunities while you are there.  Rather than trying to get away from PT school, start looking toward life as a PT.  Don’t try to run away from PT school, think of it as moving toward PT status.

I know it is only a slight difference.  Yet, looking forward to starting life as a PT is more likely to get you to volunteer at the school clinic to get more reps, can result in studying MSK for your future patient and not just for a grade, or may...

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Do you feel better or worse about your PT employer since the COVID-19 pandemic?

culture job Jun 11, 2020

“It’s been pretty good,” she said, sounding optimistic.

Her answer threw me off.  She was the third PT I had asked that day about how things were going since COVID started.  She was the first one with a positive response.  She had a lot of great things to say about how her employer was handling the situation.  She described that they were in it together, that they were figuring out telehealth, and that they were all offering ways to stay engaged with patients.  Her pay hadn’t changed although her caseload had decreased substantially.

Her feeling of camaraderie was a polar opposite to others I had spoken to who felt isolated and overlooked by their employer.  We are fortunate to be able to coach a variety of physical therapists around the world and we have gotten to hear how people have fared through COVID-19. It has been interesting to hear the extremes of how employers have treated employees during this time and how PTs have...

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