Real Magic Begins With Entrepreneurs

Why Entrepreneurs Will Save Physical Therapy

Real Magic Begins With Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs. The physical therapy profession benefits from a rich history of innovators and entrepreneurs. We all have been blessed by pioneers like Florence Kendall, Robin McKenzie, Shirley Sahrmann and many more. These therapy entrepreneurs(before entrepreneurship was hip) saw health problems in their patients and despite resistance created innovative ways to solve them.

Why Entreprenuers will save

The physical therapy profession exists to make a distinctive difference in the lives of individuals and society. This is starting point and ending point of our mission–changing lives for the better. It always has and will always be the mission of our profession.

Any professional group is composed of individuals that are it’s representatives on a daily basis. It’s important for every therapist to think carefully about answering a central question.

What is my mission?

It’s such a simple question but it goes right to the heart of how our profession stays effective and relevant during these tumultuous times. Every truly great profession demonstrates the ability to preserve its core mission while it responds to changing realities.

A new reality that therapists must adapt to is how therapy services are paid for in the new healthcare economy. Without sacrificing our core mission we must adapt our educational programs, delivery methods, strategies, clinical practices, marketing, business models etc.

Making A Lasting Impact–John Childs PT [ff#73]

The Power of Mentorship

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Can one person really make a difference?

Muhammad Ali was widely known as ‘The Greatest’. He’ll be remembered as one of the most significant and influential sport figures of the 20th century. Ali had an impact on millions of people throughout the world. His death caused me to reflect on his inspiring and somewhat controversial legacy.

How much difference can one person make out of 7 billion people on planet earth?

How about one therapist in the midst of the 200,000 licensed therapists in the United States?

If we focus solely on the numbers and professional accomplishments then individuals can become unimportant. Despite his greatness Ali never forgot the importance of connecting with people one on one. I know it’s important to capitalize on the strength in our PT numbers but we must not lose the worth of every individual therapist.

Do you want to make your life count for something? Do you want your career to consist of more than going to work, seeing patients and making a living?

The desire for making an impact and leaving a legacy is hard wired in most of us.

Grow A Business Without Sacrificing Your Family [ff72]

Sarah Lyon of OT Potential


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Do you ever feel like you’re not living up to your potential? Are you a therapist and a mom who is committed to both your profession and your family? I believe there thousands of therapists who are eager to ditch their full time jobs at the hospital or outpatient clinic but are unable or unwilling to step away from the income.

Therapists have spent a significant amount of their adult life preparing for their profession not to mentioned thousands of dollars. When therapists begin a family there is often a struggle to make ends meet while trying to balance work and family. Many are looking for alternative career options for a solution. In episode #53  I interviewed pediatric occupational therapist Rachel Coley about writing books and selling products from home.

My guest today, Sarah Lyon, is also an occupational therapist who set out to create her own solution. Sarah started her blog six years ago out of her own need to connect with other OTs and get support as a new graduate. Her blog evolved into her own online business, OT, which has almost replaced her income working part time.

3 Steps To Get Ahead of Change

Steve Jobs Change

The most effective way to manage change successfully is to create it.

                                                                                                Peter Drucker

Hardly a day goes by when I’m not faced with some type of change.

My phone informs me my software needs updating. WebPT tells me to change my password even though it seems like I just changed it last week. Medicare is rolling out another program that is going to either reduce reimbursement or increase my paperwork.

We live in a period of rapid change. In times of upheaval, such as the one we are going through within healthcare, change is the norm.

When you think about it, one cannot manage change itself. One can only strive to be ahead of it. Don’t be mistaken; it takes a lot of hard work to try to stay ahead of change.

It’s sometimes painful and involves taking risks.

Being A Good Therapist is No Longer Good Enough

Is Your GoodGood Enough?

Do you believe in the myth that if keep your head down and do what expected your job is going to be “safe”? Maybe that safe job is not the type of work you find meaningful and fulfilling.

The U.S. healthcare market has changed and continues to change at a rapid pace. There is a new standard of how healthcare is being delivered and reimbursed. Therapists are struggling to adapt to the ever-changing landscape. Sometimes organizations and therapists are slow to face the new market realities.

There has been more focus on cost and value because of unsustainable growth in healthcare spending. The fee-for service model that encouraged waste is on its way out. New reimbursement models are forcing healthcare providers to deliver better outcomes that cost less and are convenient for the consumer.

Today’s consumer is more informed and incentivized in the purchase of healthcare services because of higher deductibles and co-pays. They want value and results for their money. The previous “the doctor knows best” mentality is being replaced by “how much does this cost?”  They are no longer looking for a good therapist but they want the best, whatever that means.

In a competitive marketplace the benefits of standing out and being the best–no matter your profession– are rapidly increasing. The Internet has amplified the noise so to be heard above the crowd therapists need a strong clear message of who they are and the value they offer.


No More Safe Therapy Jobs

5 Tips to Build the Habit of Reading

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This post first appeared on Dave Kraft’s blog. I’ve included here with a few modifications for my followers.

There is no way of getting around it.  Any leader worth his salt knows what he doesn’t know and does something about it. Leaders are life-long learners and one of the best ways that I know of to keep learning is to keep reading. When you stop reading, you stop learning and when you stop learning, you stop leading with effectiveness.

We all have our excuses why we don’t read as much as we say we want to or think we should. The first thing I would say in this regard is get off your “but”

I would love to read more, but…

  • I don’t know what to read or how to read
  • I am a slow reader,
  • I am too busy…just barely keeping up with what is already on my plate.

You will never “find” the time to read. I have never met anyone who was walking down the street and found some time lying there for the taking. We all have the same amount of time as the CEO of a Fortune 500 company or the guy flipping burgers at the local McDonalds…168 hours a week.  You have never had less than that and you will never have more than that, no matter how many times you say to yourself, “I wish I had more time.”  With reading, as with most other important things in your life that you never seem to get to, it is a matter of priorities and values, not time. You will always make time for what you think is truly important.


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“The next stage of your own private practice can be decided by reflecting on your past. Tears might be shed but that’s very important to help set goals for the future. Goals for the business as well as  family.”

The quote you read above was shared by my colleague Dr. Joe Simon of Private Practice Business Academy from our recent podcast interview for my new Cash Practice Roadmap Course. We talked about a variety of topics but I mostly about timeless business principles and war stories from my experience as a private practice owner.

Joe is a devoted husband and father of two children. He’s been in private practice for over 15 years. He is an entrepreneur who is in perpetual pursuit of new opportunities in health and business. He loves helping people and he loves business. He is a highly qualified coach in helping healthcare practitioners who aim to do well in both areas.

Avoid Mistakes Leaders Make– Dave Kraft[ff65]

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In past couple of years I have come to some general conclusions about professionals who work in the healthcare industry. One of them is that most physicians and therapists, especially leaders, try to do too much and work too many hours. According to’s annual vacation poll, one in three of us will take no vacation this year.”  “Busyness is the new badge of achievement and recognition.”

It seems like so many healthcare professionals are so busy building a career rather than building a life. John Maxwell writes in the The 360 Degree Leader “The greatest enemy of good thinking is busyness.”

My guest Dave Kraft on today’s show will share some good thinking of how you might step off the busyness treadmill and live for what truly matters. Listen to the wisdom in his observation on our culture.

“A number of years ago I would often greet a fellow leader with, “Good to see you! How ya’ doing?” The response would be, “Dave, I’m really busy!”  Now, when I ask the same question, the response is, “Dave, I’m exhausted!”

When I probe a little, it’s clear that this is not the common sort of tiredness which can be handled with a decent night’s sleep, but a deep, deep sense of exhaustion–emotional and spiritual as well as physical.

Leaders are falling out of the race and shipwrecking themselves for a number of reasons and one of them is sheer exhaustion, which leads to frustration, anger, confusion, potential burnout and, eventually, “throwing in the towel.”

Dave Kraft has lived a holistic, well balanced life for over 70 years and has devoted his life to helping other leaders do the same. He has coached, formally or informally well over five hundred leaders in both business and ministry groups. He has written three books on the subject, Leaders Who LastMistakes Leaders Make and Learning Leadership from Nehemiah. Dave still travels the world teaching on leadership and continues to coach leaders across the country.

4 Reasons to Make A Reading Goal for 2016



It’s the start of a new year and if you’re like me you’re eager to learn and grow in new directions. The question is which direction and how to do it.

As I step back and examine my daily routine I find myself increasingly looking at a screen of some sorts. It used to be that all I had to be concerned with is controlling how much time I spent in front of a television screen. Now I’m find my day filled looking at the screens on my laptop, tablet and smartphone.  I’ve noticed how screen time has effected my attention span and how I read.

I have to put more effort into focusing on what I’m reading when I read an ebook on my tablet or computer. It seems like I’m more distracted as  thoughts  jump around

. I tend to scan without comprehending the words. In 2016 I’ve decided to emphasize a habit that I’ve tried to cultivate for many years – reading at least one book a month. Why?

I’ve observed that effective leaders are life-long learners and life-long learners are life-long readers.

What’s the big deal about that?  “The Pew Research Center reported [in January of 2014] that nearly a quarter of American adults had not read a single book in the past year. As in, they hadn’t cracked a paperback, fired up a Kindle, or even hit play on an audiobook while in the car. The number of non-book-readers has nearly tripled since 1978.”

It’s quite apparent that the screen time is winning.  To encourage you to expand your mind building habits here are 4 Reasons You Should Plan Your Reading in 2016 from Mark Casper’s Blog Sons & Orphans. Mark is a thoughtful writer who loves to read. You might want to check him out.

4 Reasons to Make A Reading Goal for 2016

BE A LEADER THAT LASTS–Dave Kraft [ff64]

Leaders That Last


The life of a leader can be compared to running a race. It’s not how you start the race that matters but how you finish. If you are to be a leader who finishes well it will take preparation, personal discipline, constant attention and the help of others.

To be a truly successful leader that lasts you’ll not want to be all alone at the finish line.  You’ll want others at the finish line with you. People like your family, friends and other people whose lives you’ve impacted.

However, there are many obstacles that get in leaders way that prevent them from finishing well. We live in a fast paced and distracted world that causes fatigue and failure. Leaders fight enemies from within and from without causing them to get off track, be disqualified or quit.

Professor Bobby Clinton in his book, The Making of a Leader, comes to the conclusion that only 30 percent of leaders finish well. That is not very many.

My guest Dave Kraft has beaten the odds and has devoted his life to helping other leaders do the same. He has coached, formally or informally well over five hundred leaders in both business and ministry groups. He has written three books on the subject, Leaders Who Last, Mistakes Leaders Make and Learning Leadership from Nehemiah. In his seventies Dave still travels the world teaching on leadership and continues to coach leaders across the country.