Successful doctors share the same handful of things in common:
- They are disciplined with their time
- They know how to stay focused on one goal at a time
- They have mentors they can turn to for advice
- They understand their clinical skills are critical but far from the only skills needed
But amongst medical entrepreneurs in particular, I have noticed that the most successful ones have this 1 trait in common:
Every successful doctor is a doer, not a dreamer – and here's why:
As doctors, we're conditioned to fear failure.
And for good reason: in medicine, failure can cost someone their life. But business is not medicine. And failing is part of the process. It's how we learn, grow, and how we get better.
Doctors who can't get over their fear of failure are never good entrepreneurs.
They are the ones signing up for courses, wanting to get an MBA, or simply talking to everyone about their idea, but not acting upon it.
Successful doctors take imperfect action. They launch the scrappy website. They post on their social media profiles not caring what their old classmates might think of them. They know they might fail.
But they are certain they won't succeed if they don't try.