Putting your own unique spin into everything you do is what helps you differentiate yourself from others. This may seem like an obvious statement, but if you ask yourself if you’re truly adding your own flavor to what you do day-to-day and are actually doing it your way, could you honestly say yes?
You’ll notice that Kevin admits in this episode that he has undiagnosed Multiple Personality Disorder (now known as Dissociative Personality Disorder). That’s unique, right?
On this episode, we dig into the notion of your uniqueness, especially those who have an entrepreneurial mindset (but this can also apply to clinical nurses, of course). We discuss what your unique story has to do with anything, and how that story is important to how and why people connect with you, your business, or even patients you served as a clinician.
What drives you and propels you forward? How can you communicate that to others?
To illustrate this point, we use a fictitious case story of Susan, a nurse who wants to do concierge case management for elders in her community. Susan uses the story of how she cared for her grandmother and helped her to navigate the challenges and vicissitudes of being an elderly person with chronic health issues. If Susan can tell a story that communicates her authentic passion about her business and the population that she services, people will be more drawn to hire her.
Kevin, Keith, and Elizabeth dig into the meaning of money, the existential questions surrounding our careers and professional work as they relate to our personal mission, as well as our passions and values. If you’re in touch with these aspects of yourself, your uniqueness will be more likely to come to the fore based on the fact that you’re acting on your own values, not those imposed by others.
Embrace your uniqueness, hone in on your deeper sense of self, and allow yourself to come from the most authentic place possible.
Did you hear the part where Kevin got chills during this episode, and where he was seeing people who weren’t actually in the room?
Therapeutic use of self can be very helpful in the clinical setting when used intelligently and sparingly, as can authentic honesty with colleagues, potential clients and customers.
Over all, Elizabeth distills it all down to one thing: be yourself and have fun while helping others to be themselves and have fun; this will ultimately make the world a better place.
This episode of RNFM Radio is sponsored by the good folks at American Sentinel University. As a fully accredited online university, American Sentinel offers a variety of courses related to healthcare and nursing, including RN to BSN, and five MSN programs: Informatics, Case Management, Nursing Education, Nursing Management, and Infection Prevention and Control. They offer an RN to BSN/MSN, a program, as well as two tracks for those wishing to pursue a Doctorate of Nursing Practice. American Sentinel also offers a certificate in Prevention and Control that assists clinicians in acquiring the knowledge they need to develop best practices for infection prevention and control. Please visit RNFMEducation.com for more information.
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