10 Lessons I Learned as a Nurse in Business



1.Begin with the end in mind

No one knows what will happen. We can only guess, so you might argue, why focus on the end when you might be setting yourself up for disappointment. But, you got to have a goal to work towards. It is like a vision board; you are always visualizing your  goal.

2. It is neither a race, nor a marathon, but your life.

In life there are no shortcuts. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. You have heard those before, haven’t you? Do not expect it to easy or quick. I have been a registered nurse for over 20 years and from when I graduated, it took be a while to really know what I was doing. Twenty years later, I contemplated on starting a business, did not have a clue where to start.

I enrolled in Nutrition school to become a health coach. Back then in my circles, health coaching was a very new concept and people did not really know what I was talking about. After qualifying as a health coach, armed with my nursing degree, I thought I knew it all. I  had a long way to go.

In the last 3 years, I have gone through a lot. My business is still evolving, I am still learning. Health and wellness changes every single day. There are billions of articles of information out there and going through this maze is no easy task.

3. Be who you are.

There are a lot wellness practitioners out there who are very good at what they do and very successful. But they are not you. Establish your own brand, do things your own way. Be authentic.

4. You cannot keep up with the Jones’s

In fact don’t try to keep up with anybody, period. This is your life. You don’t know how the neighbors can afford that car, so don’t try to get it by getting into debt. Learn to get by with what you have got, and enjoy it.

5. You will get haters along the way, but, so?

Need I say more? Work hard and stay humble. Not everybody is in your corner.

6. It’s difficult to be a nurse, more so a nurse in business.

People admire hard work. Deliver on your promises.

7. Do something different everyday

I know what burnout feels like and doing the same thing everyday leads to burnout. you need to have something that makes you get out of bed everyday. As a work at home mother, some days it is very difficult to take a shower and be in work mode. You need to look for ideas that are outside the box. Come up with revolutionary ideas and try them out.

8. Do no forget what is important.

No matter how busy you get with your business, make sure to set aside time for family.  You may be able to set up a company, but you may never recoup a lost family. You can never enjoy your success without the support of your children and family as a whole.

Most of the time, the only thing on your mind is your business. You center many of your goals around it, and you spend a lot of time with it. You’re practically married to your business. Your passion for your business however, must not cloud your judgement of what is important.

9. Take care of yourself

You have one body, you have a family to take care of, therefore fill up your cup. Sleep, nutrition, and exercise should be part of your daily routine. Sufficient sleep, though different from person to person, is vital. Meditation has been proven to help alleviate stress.

10. Last, and especially not least, DON’T QUIT!