It has been a week since I left my former job and committed to going it alone. And today, I wanted to share my reflection.
Why do we make certain choices in our careers? Is it for increases in pay, better hours or more flexibility?
When I made the difficult decision to leave my employer, it wasn’t for any of the aforementioned reasons. For me, it was about reconnecting with my values – around clinical practice, best evidence, and consistent positive messaging.
Although it was a very tough call (I loved my time there – I worked with close friends, became involved with the business, and learned from exceptional colleagues), when I finally made my decision, it felt right.
Before I continue, I realize I am privileged to be in a place to make a career pivot. My wife works, we have a modest mortgage, and there is a need for physiotherapy. Had circumstances been different, my choice to leave in pursuit of my values and new ideals may have been more difficult.
I know my employer’s decision to merge with another company will be successful. I probably could have reaped some of its success. I came to my decision because I realized that the opportunity for more was not worth compromising what I am vocal about, what I believe in strongly, and what I would want my son to think of as great work.
When making difficult choices, certain pieces of information have a knack of finding you at just the right time. There were two key important messages for me.
My brother-in-law reminded me that there are a thousand different populations and a thousand different ways to service each of their unique needs. I am starting to learn what my market is. I can’t be everything to everyone but I want to be in a market that fits with who I am.
The second fortuitous piece came in the form of a book. This particular person didn’t even know I was making the decision. The book, The Ego is the Enemy can best be summarized in one of its early quotes.
Be humble in your aspirations
Gracious in your successes
Resilient in your failures
The book resonated with me. I felt that somewhere during my journey, I had lost sight of these lessons. I hope not to do the same in the future.
In the coming months, I’ll be exploring other clinics and working out of a private room at my squash club. I won’t be changing the way I treat or the messages I provide, unless of course evidence forces me to question things again (which I hope it does).
I will also continue to support initiatives that I think will help the health care system and members of my community.
To finish, I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has helped me grow at Physio Room – you are a wonderful group of people. I know our paths will cross in the future.
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