Lessons Learned?

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With fuel prices dropping like a stone, and a huge difference in gasoline pricing just 10 miles apart in these northeast towns, I can’t help but wonder, have we learned anything?
I certainly hope so, but only time will tell.
DoctorWhat should we have learned?
1. Fuel prices soared, and stayed up because they could, without significant repercussions from any government authority. If you or I did that, we’d lose our licenses.
2. It’s not the last time we see this. Seems to me this strategy was tested after Katrina, and stuck this time. And I am sure it’s not over.
I think back to the gas lines of the 70’s, and lessons never learned. Instead, we get more dependent on foreign oil, and continue 35 years of incredible consumption. Next, we even gave our jobs away, made it incredibly difficult to do business in our own country, and continue to line the pockets of special interests and set the stage for more corrupt politics. Now, other growing countries exhibit the same behavior.
And again in the USA, the biggest auto companies, banks, and mortgage companies are looking for bailouts by the feds, while posting brutal losses and shareholders’ stock value plummets.
Gosh, it must be nice to screw up so bad, and still come out smelling like a rose.
Like Yogi Berra said, “This is like deja vu all over again.”
So, what’s the lesson here? Again, it’s Yogi Berra’s words of wisdom:
“You can observe a lot just by watching.”
This human behavior has everything to do with your practice. Here is how it applies.
Lesson number one. The profitable and successful practice of the future is built upon current trends, and they often are not necessarily at all the way we are used to thinking. Way, way outside the box. This is also the harsh reality of “future shock”.
Lesson number two. Alvin Toffler was so prophetic! Future Shock is modern mans greatest psychological affliction. Simply put, humans screw up big time (and screw others) by failing to acknowledge and respond to the amount and rapid pace of changes, in all areas of our world.
Lesson number three. Ignorance of important trends, changes and warnings hurts. It hurts people. It changes societies very quickly. And, it might just destroy everything that built America, a country that no longer teaches, or touches history on any scale like it used to. Collectively, very short memories for a very young country.
Ignorance is not bliss. In fact, it’s a recipe for disaster, in most everything.
Here’s my take. Most of today’s doctors are like most people in any important endeavor.
In my experience as a consultant, failure to thrive is often rooted squarely in the above three lessons. (1. Ignorance of current trends, 2. Continuing to use antiquated systems, and a real biggie for such a smart group, 3. Not changing key life and business components (systems) until disaster strikes).
Now the good news.
You can be a better doctor and businessperson! You can still create a powerful life while rendering a unique set of services to your communities. You can earn a fantastic livelihood in private practice and save many lives and countless amounts of ill heath—humanity’s most basic needs.
Hopefully, the answers are obvious.
With fuel prices dropping like a stone, and a huge difference in gasoline pricing just 10 miles apart in these northeast towns, I can’t help but wonder, have we learned anything?
I certainly hope so, but only time will tell.
What should we have learned?
1. Fuel prices soared, and stayed up because they could, without significant repercussions from any government authority. If you or I did that, we’d lose our licenses.
2. It’s not the last time we see this. Seems to me this strategy was tested after Katrina, and stuck this time. And I am sure it’s not over.
I think back to the gas lines of the 70’s, and lessons never learned. Instead, we get more dependent on foreign oil, and continue 35 years of incredible consumption. Next, we even gave our jobs away, made it incredibly difficult to do business in our own country, and continue to line the pockets of special interests and set the stage for more corrupt politics. Now, other growing countries exhibit the same behavior.
And again in the USA, the biggest auto companies, banks, and mortgage companies are looking for bailouts by the feds, while posting brutal losses and shareholders’ stock value plummets.
Gosh, it must be nice to screw up so bad, and still come out smelling like a rose.
Like Yogi Berra said, “This is like deja vu all over again.”
So, what’s the lesson here? Again, it’s Yogi Berra’s words of wisdom:
“You can observe a lot just by watching.”
This human behavior has everything to do with your practice. Here is how it applies.
Lesson number one. The profitable and successful practice of the future is built upon current trends, and they often are not necessarily at all the way we are used to thinking. Way, way outside the box. This is also the harsh reality of “future shock”.
Lesson number two. Alvin Toffler was so prophetic! Future Shock is modern mans greatest psychological affliction. Simply put, humans screw up big time (and screw others) by failing to acknowledge and respond to the amount and rapid pace of changes, in all areas of our world.
Lesson number three. Ignorance of important trends, changes and warnings hurts. It hurts people. It changes societies very quickly. And, it might just destroy everything that built America, a country that no longer teaches, or touches history on any scale like it used to. Collectively, very short memories for a very young country.
Ignorance is not bliss. In fact, it’s a recipe for disaster, in most everything.
Here’s my take. Most of today’s doctors are like most people in any important endeavor.
In my experience as a consultant, failure to thrive is often rooted squarely in the above three lessons. (1. Ignorance of current trends, 2. Continuing to use antiquated systems, and a real biggie for such a smart group, 3. Not changing key life and business components (systems) until disaster strikes).
Now the good news.
You can be a better doctor and businessperson! You can still create a powerful life while rendering a unique set of services to your communities. You can earn a fantastic livelihood in private practice and save many lives and countless amounts of ill heath—humanity’s most basic needs.
Hopefully, the answers are obvious.
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