It is the Size of One's Will which Determines Success

Last week was an exercise in determination. Over the past 10 days, I would say, I've had to give myself some pretty intense pep talks, and I've been given a few as well. So, I'm writing to you all here today, a little bit bruised, a little bit frustrated, and hopefully a little bit wiser. There are times, whether it's in your education, in your personal life, or in your business when you ask yourself why you're doing what you're doing. I've been asking just that question.

The reminders of "why?" have been few and far between. The occasional bone gets thrown my way -- some great tidbit or some nuance of fact that changes how I look at things. I need more of those -- a lot more. I find that all I want to do is pour myself into the science and the learning, outside of the classroom. I love the learning; I just question sometimes being a student.

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Tonight, after the regular day, are our male and female sensitive exams. The nervousness is palpable in the building. Some have asked why we have to do this. After all, most people decided to come here to become chiropractors -- and not necessarily primary care physicians. And at the same time, maybe some came to become primary care physicians, but not urologists or gynecologists. I have an (un)fair advantage. In my former education, I learned and performed these exams. So I'm going into this with a lot cooler head. That doesn't mean that I haven't given it any thought.

I've been giving a lot of things, a lot of thought.

In business class, we've been talking about a few different things. We've talked about malpractice insurance and business plans and several other things. One of the most common questions people in class ask, or professors talk about is, "How do we get paid?"

I'll be honest, and most of my classmates get so tired of hearing me talk about this, but for me, it has nothing to do with money. It may be poor planning on my part, but I know that if the service is there, if I'm able to do what I need and want to do and take care of my patients, then the money will come. Of course, that doesn't mean that I'm not fully on-board with hiring a businessperson to take care of that for me.

I've come across something that I find really, really amazing. Huffington Post published this article: "This Guy Stopped Charging Clients and He Has Zero Regrets." Adrian Hoppel, who is a web designer and not a chiropractor, has converted his business into a gift economy. The short version of his business model is that he does work, and presents it to his clients as a gift. There's no price set, although his clients are well educated on how much work is involved. He's finding that not only is he making more money, but also he's happier. What do you guys think? Could this work? I'm doing a fair amount of investigation on how we might be able to translate this to medical care.

Charles Eisenstein who was part of Adrian's inspiration, has written a book called Sacred Economics that talks about gift economy. It's available to read free online. It's on my list. I'll report back after I'm done with it. If you read it or have read it, PLEASE send me your thoughts.

Have a great week everybody! Keep the faith, or if you can't find it -- find some.

Oh, and Happy Valentine's Day. I love you guys! <3