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.

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