“You can get past the dead end. You can break through the ceiling. I did and so have countless others.”

You Must Fail to Become Successful

Success is something that everyone strives for, especially the nurse practitioner. You go to school, work hard, and expect to succeed in your life! The problem though, is that the current medical system in this country is designed to keep most nurse practitioners at a ceiling. Therefore, your professional success is limited to a point.

Nurse practitioners have salary caps.

Nurse practitioners have restrictive scopes of practices.

Nurse practitioners need physician “collaboration” and “supervision” in many states.

Nurse practitioners are looked at as an inferior provider type by many in the healthcare system.

There are a lot of barriers to your professional success. This is a fact of life and you need to accept this. Trying to change it is a worthwhile endeavor through lobbying, professional organizations, etc. But you personally should focus on yourself if you want to succeed. No one is going to make you successful, only you are going to do that, remember that!

What I provide through The Elite Nurse Practitioner are steps and principles to assist you, but it ultimately comes down to the hard work you put into it. Only you can truly help yourself.

So how do you measure success? Through your failures.

What do I mean by this? It takes multiple failures to achieve success.

Very few people become successful on the first try. It takes errors, mistakes, risk, sleepless nights, and multiple failed attempts before you reach success.

It is totally okay to fail during your journey to success. It teaches you how to become successful. You learn from your failures and mistakes. This is what builds the successful individual.

I have failed multiple times in my life. Do you think my success happened overnight? Hardly, it took many years of failure.

I was poor growing up. I had nothing until I finished my BSN. When I say nothing, I mean nothing. I was broke. I worked jobs I hated while grinding through school. I failed at many things during this time period. I tried opening businesses on a very limited budget that all failed. I had multiple relationships that ultimately failed. I was unable to do many of the things a young man can do because I had no money, I felt like a failure.

After I became a RN, I failed at many different positions. I found out I was not good at certain things. I again tried to start a few small side gigs with no success.

I bought my first rental property as a RN that ultimately was a total failure! I lost money every month and when I sold it, I lost over $10,000! It was a mess!

During nurse practitioner school I failed again in many aspects. I always excelled in school, but during clinical rotations, I failed at knowing what to do in certain scenarios. I made mistakes, but this is how I grew as a person!

After nurse practitioner school I took jobs and signed contracts I shouldn’t have. I was stuck in positions I hated. I had salary caps. I was “supervised.” I felt like I had no freedom. I tried starting a practice that ultimately never took off. I wasted a lot of money on this and in certain investments. I failed time and again.

Then something magical happened, I created a business that became successful! I threw out so many fishing lines and never had a bite, then finally I had a keeper!

I knew what I had to do to make this practice successful through all the failures I experienced in my life. Then a snowball effect happened. I was able to leverage the success of my medical cannabis clinic to open other successful businesses. Don’t get me wrong, I still make mistakes and fail, but that has become less and less as time goes by.

For example, I wasted over $4,000 on 2 failed marketing campaigns for my men’s health clinic last year. It was a total failure and waste of money! But guess what? I learned from that experience. Through experiencing these failures, I now know what not to do and what I need to do to succeed.

I created this blog and The Elite Nurse Practitioner Model to teach you through my failures. Learn from my mistakes. I read many business and real estate books, and I learn from those authors mistakes!

Remember, you will make mistakes. You will fail. This is okay! You need to stand back up after you have been knocked down and keep moving forward. Every nurse practitioner out there is very valuable. Many of you might not believe that, but it is true. You will succeed if you want it.

Don’t measure your success by how much money you have in the bank, rather, measure your success off what you are doing now based off all the failures it took to get there!

4 Responses

  1. Great post. I have talked myself out of multiple ventures because of the fear of failure, potentially wasting money, and the fact that it can obviously be humiliating. But life is what you make it, so if you want to live an extraordinary life, you’re gonna have to take risks. I’ve finally come to terms with that and am working towards starting a side gig. Sink or swim, I’m going for it.

    1. Do it. The best way to get started is to say “screw it” and pull the trigger. I am talking myself out of buying a duplex that I negotiated below appraisal. “This will fail, you wont be able to rent it out, you will have to replace the roof next year.” I am telling myself NO, and I am going to pull the trigger on the deal. Don’t let fear hold you back.

  2. Thank you. I really needed to hear and read this right now because it is exactly how I feel. I do know too that brighter days are ahead and I must keep pushing forward.

    1. Learn from the failure and hard times. Those who truly fail are the ones that give up. Keep pushing forward, it will get better.

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