Hands down 2012 is going to be a big year around here. According to Wikipedia, and one of the things I find most intriguing is (paraphrased):
The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2012 as the International Year of Cooperatives, highlighting the contribution of cooperatives to socio-economic development, in particular recognizing their impact on poverty reduction, employment generation and social integration. A cooperative is an autonomous voluntary association of people who unite to meet common economic, social and cultural needs and aspirations, through a jointly owned and democratically controlled enterprise. In general, they contribute to socio-economic development…In the informal economy, workers have formed shared service cooperatives and associations to assist in their self-employment.
That word cooperative has a nice ring to it. You can find a greater good in there somewhere when we work together. Ah, how I love to collaborate. I mentioned that here didn’t I? For me, 2012 is another beginning. Not just a beginning, but a year marked for much success, and hopefully the start of many great projects, innovation, and of course, collaboration.
I talk a lot about evolution of oneself and their business, and it’s about that time to listen to my own advice. Sure, it’s human nature to feel a little anxious about change. Typically, we like things to be in their place, doing what they always do, familiar, old reliable if you will. We find comfort in routine. For many, change brings fear. Fear of uncertainty, variability, and feeling hesitant about the road ahead.
Hey Fear, if you haven’t already noticed, I’m staring you in the face.
Innovative Nurse is quickly evolving from a side project into a springboard of amazing opportunities, and it’s time to seize these positions that will ultimately translate into success. As I come to a close on my fourth year in business, I reflect on what I’ve built and nurtured. This task was not easy, and at times I wondered if I owned the business, or if in fact it owned me. You see, being an entrepreneur isn’t always sexy, nor is it easy. You definitely leave some skin in the game. I may have actually left a few appendages, but in the end I continue to accept that it’s who I am. I love ownership, and I’m not just talking about the business, but I truly value having ownership in what I do.
Here’s to you, my business. My current endeavors are by all means fantastic. Don’t worry, you still excite me, and I’ll stay involved. I recognize that you’re dependable. In fact, you’re my professional “old reliable.” Together, we’ve provided support where there were limited resources, and helped a lot of people achieve a level of wellness that everyone deserves. We even saved the healthcare system quite a bit of money along the way, and didn’t compromise anyone’s care (System, you’re welcome by the way). I’m also looking forward to some new projects with you that are about to launch in the new year.
But, it seems that Innovative Nurse is coming to the forefront, and I have to embrace it, build it, and nurture it. The decision is easy, straightforward, and it just makes sense. I’ve always wanted to extend my reach to help the fractured healthcare system, advocate for all patient populations, which I currently do, but in addition I’m going to give my fellow nurses a shot in the arm. Nurses, you’re going to continue to do great things, and I’m making it a priority to help you excel, to reach your goals, and to work your potential. This community will continue to grow, and I’m now shifting more of my time and efforts to be a mentor, a facilitator, and help you launch the product or service that takes your career to the next level.
You’re already aware of the new project, RN.FM Radio that I’m collaborating on with some really great nurses, Anna Morrison and Keith Carlson. Innovative Nurse has had a pretty good start, and the radio show is going to kick things up a few notches. Am I biased? Yes, because I’m fully aware of how great this is going to be. Stay tuned. This launch is also the official beginning of something more formal around here in regards to developing a mentorship program to help nurses become entrepreneurs.
Hey 2012, that’s me in your rearview coming up fast. Let’s do this.
For the community here, what do you think is in store for you in the new year? Don’t be shy, this is your year too. Here’s to your new success.