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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 Expedia.com’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.

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Dave was my business and life coach during my transition from private practice ownership into my teaching and mentoring business to therapists. Dave and I sat down for a conversation about leadership, maintaining a work/life balance and the keys to finishing well.

In the 2nd episode will will cover:

  • How to avoid being overworked and overwhelmed

  • How to master your schedule to get your priorities accomplished

  • The importance of an accountability partner and developing your “lifeskills bullpen”

  • How to live for significance and not just success

I appreciate Dave coming on to the podcast and sharing his time tested wisdom with us. Dave is one of the most energetic, positive and wise leaders I’ve had the priviledge to be around. He has literally influenced thousands of leaders all over the world and it was my privilege to be coached by him. I can’t wait to share the second half of our conversation with you next time.

You can reach Dave at his website davekraft.org. Take a few minutes and acquaint yourself with what’s on this website. You will find a leadership goldmine and a lifetime of inspiration.


The Cash Practice Roadmap Pilot Course began on January 13th. I have a great group of therapists in the first ever course and we are off to a great start. The pilot course is designed to help students build a solid business foundation that will take their practice idea to making a profit from their first patient.

We have therapists all the way from California to New Mexico to New Jersey. A varied group of individuals that are at various stages of building their own practice. It’s been a great time and I’ll keep you posted on our progress.

If you’re interested in the next class please email me at heypaul@paulpotterpt.com and type Pilot Signup in the subject line. I’ll arrange phone call so I can answer your questions about the next course course.

The last announcement is I want to make my listeners aware of an upcoming change to the title of the Functional Freedom podcast. The focus of my podcast and blog has evolved into helping therapists launch and grow their own private practices. A new name and brand will better reflect the focus and direction of the podcast. Anticipate those changes taking place sometime in the 2nd quarter of 2016.

I will be adding new podcast features in 2016 that will help you gain the personal and professional freedom to have a successful and meaningful practice. I’ll share more about the upcoming changes in future podcast episodes.

I want to take this opportunity to thank you for listening to my podcast show after show. The number of downloads and subscribers is slowly growing. I had the opportunity to speak with a few of you during my research for the cash practice pilot course. Getting to meet you and hear about your dreams and steps you’ve taken to fulfill your calling as a therapy entrepreneur has been the greatest pleasure of doing the podcast and blog.

You all are amazing people and you are doing some pretty amazing things. Keep it up. I hope to inspire, encourage and provide you quality information so that you can continue to make a difference in your part of the universe.

Get Your Own Copy of On Fire


As therapists we have tremendous opportunity to use our abilites, education and expertise to enhance client’s lives. What a privilege? If your are in the therapy business to serve people, then my new book On Fire: Ignite Your Passion with a Cash Therapy Practice might help you. The healthcare industry has undergone so many changes lately and many therapists are overwhelmed, overworked and confused on where to turn to for help in the battle.

On Fire takes a close look at innovative therapists who are using alternative ways to deliver high-value care to their patients. Cash therapy services have emerged as a viable alternative to accepting business as usual.

If you are intrigued by the attention that cash-based practices are attracting On Fire is a great primer to help you get up to speed on the key issues and how if might impact your practice. The book is available on Amazon. If you are interested in getting your own copy join my email list and I’ll keep you up to date on the special pre-order bonuses I’m giving away.

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