Thinking of YOU!
I have to be completely honest with you!
Believe it or not, and I know I don't know most of you on a personal level, but YOU are ALWAYS on my mind.
Yep, that's right.
It's amazing how often I'll be wrapping up a project or after training a group of surgical professionals or even just returning from a business trip when my mind will just start to think about you and how I want to share my latest experience in order to help you become more successful.
It's funny too how certain people have crossed my path lately, and after engaging with them for a few minutes, I instantly thought about how I couldn't wait to share this with you.
Let me explain;
Over the last month or so I've crossed paths with at least 3 surgical professionals who once started out as a surgical tech or at the same professional level on the career ladder as a surgical tech and have used their surgical tech experience (or prior medical exp) to propel themselves to higher levels.
I'm going to try to get one on one interviews with these individuals sometime in the near future but for now, let me just share a little "the sky is the limit" kind of philosophy with you.
Here's the story in a nutshell:
1) I was flying home from New York over the last month or so and I just happen to be seated next to a young guy who was reading some medical literature.
Well, I'm not one to chit-chat on a plane and I usually just like to try to relax a bit or catch up on some work while I'm flying.
But for some reason I was compelled to speak to this guy and it turned out that he and I had a lot in common.
This guy "Mike" was a young neuro surgeon into his first year of residency.
Funny thing is, he used to be a surgical tech and he explained to me how his surgical tech experience was priceless when he was in med school and when he started his residency.....
2) I was at a business dinner recently in the Northern part of Florida, and as fate would have it, one of the guest surgeons & his wife happen to sit right next to me.
Well, to make a long story short, this surgeon was a Neuro surgeon who also once worked as a lab tech prior to going to medical school.
His lab tech experience was also priceless as he had much medical experience and knowledge to draw from as he entered medical school and ultimately a neuro surgery residency.....
3) I was covering a case in the beautiful state of Tennesee over the last month or so and I met another educator working out of the corporate offices of a major medical device company.
This guy was obviously well established with his company...
AND..., YEP, you guessed it, he too started out as a surgical tech and utilized his surgical tech education and experience to move himself up the career ladder and onto bigger professional opportunities....
OK, OK, you might be saying, what's the point here Robert?
So what, a couple of surgical techs became successful....blah,blah, blah (that's a lil sarcasm by the way)
WELL, listen up, please!
I've said it thousands and thousands of times before
An education, background, and experience as a surgical tech can open up the doors of opportunity beyond what you may possibly even be able to imagine right now.
If they can do it, and I can do it, then YOU CAN DO IT!
You know, it's so easy to get wrapped up in the J.O.B. frame of mind and constantly think about how difficult it is to live the check to check scenario.
Hey, some people are ok with this type of lifestyle and I commend you for being able to manage a life living check to check.
I've been there and I know it's not easy.
If you're one of those people who are living week to week and you are comfortable, happy, & content, AWESOME! Please write to me & I will be sincerely happy to feature you in a newsletter.
BUT, the bottom line is this:
1) We were not meant to live, "just getting by..."
2) An education, background, and experience as a surgical tech
You see, a surgical tech education & background is a unique set of skill training that not just anybody can acquire.
If it were easy, everybody would be a surgical tech.
Therefore, why not take your experience & knowledge & move forward.
Why not go to medical school?
Why not go to First Assistant school?
Why not go to RN school or PA school?
Why not become an author, an educator, a sales professional, a technical expert?
What's stopping you?
Listen, you are not in a rehearsal here my friends.
Life is too short to be stuck at a professional level where you just know you are ready to move out of.
So go for it!
Move up, sideways, away from, or over to....
Just keep moving and never let anybody or anything make you feel like you cannot have everything you were meant to have!
I'm lucky, grateful, and blessed
Every single one of you who are reading this have
Be all that you are meant to be and never give up on your dreams.
I pray for all the success for you as I do for myself.
Until next time~
Robert Prince, CST
p.s. don't forget to take a look at the The Surgical Instrument Guide produced by an O.R. professional.