Unveiling Your Career Trajectory: Navigating Success in Eye Care – From Hit-Maker to One-Hit Wonder

A one-hit wonder in business refers to a scenario where a company or individual achieves remarkable success based on a single breakthrough innovation, business or service. The phenomenon casts a shadow over other endeavors. Encores are tough to do. Rapid success can inflate egos and create pressure to replicate the same level of quality work and innovative ideas, which may prove challenging to sustain.

Eye Care Professionals can be game changers that impact our industry. Eyetrepreneurs are few and far between. Some develop a product, some develop a business, others create a concept and change our industry. Sometimes it is just luck or having someone with influence propel an idea forward. Status comes and goes. The temporary fame or long term success is what separates the true Eyetrepreneurs Hit-Makers from One Hit Wonders in Eye Care.

One-hit wonders can extend beyond products or services to encompass leadership positions within businesses. These leaders may initially capture attention and drive the company forward, but they struggle to maintain momentum and foster growth over time. When leaders dwell on past successful business transactions that occurred more than a year ago without achieving any new accomplishments, it signifies a one-hit wonder scenario within the organization. Ideas become stagnant, and attention remains fixed on outdated strategies that may have succeeded in one context but are ineffective in another. If a leader’s claim to fame is solely reviving a declining brand to meet targets in the past, organizations must reassess how they position decision-makers moving forward. If success can not be replicated,it is important to understand why that person can not do it? Was it luck? Was the idea taken from another individual? Did that person have help from an unidentified individual? Did the last company have a large position in the industry? Was nothing being done before that any effort can lead to success?

The allure of success can blind many professionals from seeing long term picture. The image must be continuing to expand, innovate and grow the concept of the business. If you created a successful cold start practice, could you do it again in another location that has 10 competitors within a 5 mile radius? It is easy to create a successful practice when there aren’t any competitors in 50 miles. If I was a practice owner, I would ask myself those hard questions of “Can I recreate the same product, service or image if I was in a different situation?” If the answer is NO, then you are a one hit wonder.

The roller coaster ride in career trajectories can create this phenomenon in eye care. Growing Fast and Staying Steady: Some may experience rapid growth with a single viral hit. But over time content needs to be diverse to continue to engage their audience. Some many become burnout with trying to reach the high of new content and basing the value of the content on likes and shares.

It can be a stepping stone to opportunities beyond social media. Leveraging the excitement to transition into KOL positions, industry role and ad boards. It can open doors for new career paths Whether it’s securing brand partnerships, landing acting roles, or starting their own businesses, they use their existing platform and audience to open doors to new career paths. It’s crucial to stay up to date to remain competitive. Being a one-hit wonder may hinder your ability to keep pace with others in the industry, as sustained success often requires ongoing innovation, consistency, and adaptation to evolving trends. Without a consistent track record, it becomes challenging to maintain relevance.

Having a strategy replicate business idea is vital to become a “HitMaker”. Being consistent and persistent will differentiate a hit-maker from a one hit wonder. Hit-Makers are able to reinvent themselves and explore different avenues in eye care beyond the exam lane. Hit Makers usually have done practice ownership, industry roles and product development. They have cultivated the path to what success looks like and others try to achieve that high level of success.

Recreating success poses challenges, given the numerous external variables that often remain unknown during business or product development. With building a business, competition with arises. How entrepreneurs manage and adapt to this competition ultimately defines success. Innovation is essential at various stages of your development journey.

While some one-hit wonders fade over time, others manage to pivot and find new avenues for growth. The key is the be adaptability and continue to navigate the eyecare landscape. There are a lot of individuals in eye care that have latest the test of time, and are predominate figures in the industry.

The phenomenon of one-hit wonders serves as a reminder of the rapid change in the eye care space. While rapid growth and acclaim may be intoxicating, sustainable prosperity requires a commitment to innovation and adaptability. By learning from the mistakes of these short-lived success stories, entrepreneurs can chart a better path to long term success.

Exploring Anonymous Posts: Insights into the Eye Care Industry

In the eye care industry, anonymity might be utilized to facilitate open and honest discussions about sensitive topics. This approach could be particularly beneficial in situations where individuals feel uncomfortable or embarrassed discussing certain issues openly.

Anonymous postings emerged within the Corporate Optometry Facebook group prior to Facebook implementing this feature. It provided optometrists with a platform to ask questions they hesitated to post openly. Individuals would privately message the admin, who would then share the question on their behalf. The members of the group placed their trust in the admin, who remained loyal to their commitment to anonymity, even in the face of pressure from larger entities. True leaders demonstrate integrity by refusing to disclose sensitive information when subjected to high-pressure tactics.

With time, this concept gained traction within the eye care community, prompting other groups to adopt it. It fostered a culture of trust and authenticity, contributing to the growth of the Facebook group. Optometrists relied on the group admin to share sensitive content and seek guidance on topics ranging from employers and contracts to medical case.

The trend gained even more momentum when Facebook introduced the option to post anonymously directly in all groups, facilitating its widespread adoption. It’s now a common practice across many groups and has become standard in social media posting. This shift has encouraged people to express themselves more freely without fear of reprisal. While this concept isn’t new, similar platforms like Indeed and Glassdoor have long allowed former employees to anonymously review their jobs.

Anonymous posting carries potential disadvantages, especially if individuals misuse their anonymity for personal gain or to spread false information, or to launch attacks on others. The authenticity that has fostered growth within the Corporate Optometry Facebook group is crucial; members can discern between genuine and fabricated posts. Mishandled anonymous posting can tarnish a brand’s reputation if not executed with care and integrity.This approach allows individuals to share valuable insights and information without the pressure of being identified or scrutinized. It can potentially shed light on issues and help bring attention to them very quickly and create accountability.

I’m pleased that others adopted my approach to anonymous social posts. It’s gratifying to see how it has positively impacted our industry. It’s a reminder that one person’s idea can lead to significant changes in behavior and practices within a community. Absolutely, with the power to influence comes the responsibility to use it wisely and authentically. While anonymous social posts can be a powerful tool for fostering open dialogue and positive change, it’s crucial to consider the potential consequences of posting for personal gains. Maintaining authenticity and integrity in our interactions, even in anonymous forums, is essential to preserving trust and credibility within the Corporate Optometry community.

Overall, anonymous posts in the eye care industry can foster a sense of community, support, and education while respecting individuals’ privacy and comfort levels. It has broken down barriers to communication and empower individuals to speak up about important issues. Giving optometrists a voice to change our industry.

What Does Your Version of Success Look Like in Optometry?

Many optometrists may find themselves pressured to conform to predefined molds rather than embarking on journeys that align with their personal happiness. When setting out on a career path, it’s common to fixate on the anticipated satisfaction upon reaching predefined milestones. However, pursuing someone else’s idea of success can lead to a challenging and unfulfilling journey.

Checking the boxes doesn’t guarantee fulfillment. Without a clear understanding of what success means to oneself, it becomes difficult to recognize it once achieved. Establishing a personal definition of success provides a tangible goal, fostering a sense of satisfaction and direction. There are so many opportunities to do different things in eye care and enhance your personal fulfillment. Many optometrists find themselves in a state of burn out because they are not doing what they are passionate about. Some individuals simply mimic the journeys of others, attempting to replicate their success by emulating their actions. However, mirroring someone else’s path will never lead to complete fulfillment. Forge your own trail, pursue your objectives in your unique manner, and create your own path to success.


Having a clear vision of personal success serves as a compass, guiding ODS towards fulfillment and satisfaction. Success is not determined by money or accolades. If you are consistently looking for applause for the work that you do, you will never find your happiness in eye care.

As  business owners in optometry, many have found themselves in a roller coaster of emotions. Highs and lows in success. What is success as a business owner? Financial success? How much is enough? When is the right time to evaluate and know you reached your true potential?

The realization of success comes from the impact you can make on others. We as optometrists impact many people,  our patients and our staff. Others advocate for our profession and for people we will never meet, but changed their lives in ways we will never know.

Your definition of success is uniquely yours. It’s not determined by the number of practices you own, the amount of money you earn, or the accolades you receive. Instead, it’s about what brings you fulfillment.