This is the harsh reality.
For the 16 years I have been in this PT game, being part of the 95% wasn’t a bad gig in 2000. But today, in 2017, if you are coming out of school with six-figure debt, being part of that 95% could be a problem. I had no desire to have a clinic when I started physical therapy school, and even when I did start my clinic, it wasn’t monetarily driven.
It was more from the fact that I couldn’t stand the way the insurance industry dictated care. It just didn’t make sense to me. I just felt like insurance starts to mess with your head, and it makes you treat people the improper way, and you are not using your head anymore. You are not using clinical judgment, and I just felt like I needed to have other options for people. That was my driver.
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Whether you have your own gig or you work for someone, you are under the same pressure. If you don’t produce when you work for somebody, you are gone. If you don’t produce when you have your own clinic, you fire yourself. If you do great working for somebody, you might just get a little pat on the back.
But….. if you do great working for yourself; you can change your entire career and the trajectory of your family and generations to come,
I spend a good portion of my day now giving back to the profession. I believe there are many people out there that want to give back to the profession. But they can’t because they didn’t do what the 5% did. They are working for someone else, so they don’t have control over their time.
I am a business owner and I have learned my craft for physical therapy very well. I’ve taught it to other people and learned the systems of how to do the business of physical therapy.
Now, I can speak life into the profession. I can direct people to this profession, and I can ward people off from it as well. That’s what you can do if you have your own business.
Here’s my advice…
So here’s my advice if you are on a clinical….
If you want to be part of the 5%, then don’t just learn clinical….learn what the directors do. Learn what the owners do.
Become more…be more… so that you can become part of the 5%.
Find out what they do and start emulating that.
Business is business, you understand physical therapy, you have to understand business. Click To Tweet I believe everybody that is coming out of school has an excellent grasp of physical therapy. Even though they might not think so, they have enough to be able to run a solid business helping people with the skills they learned in school.