“Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much because they live in the grey twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat” – Theodore Roosevelt
This happens to be one of my favorite quotes, and one I think appropriate to end the week for our MT Week celebrations. Think about those first few words–dare mighty things. So much of our life is spent trying to decide whether to take a risk.
I’ve always been somewhat of a risk taker in my life. While it’s not always easy, I have made it my mantra to refuse the phrase “what if…” in my life if it means I’m thinking things like “what if I fail?” or “what if they won’t like it?” It comes back to those energy suckers we talked about yesterday. You can literally “what if” yourself to death if you allow yourself to get stuck in that cycle!
In our profession, we certainly have many uncertainties, and many opportunities to take a risk. In some of the things I’ve read by Seth Godin, one of my favorite authors, he says “If you can’t fail, it doesn’t count.” You see, there are plenty of times when I might do something that’s perceived as a risk, but if it doesn’t work out, it’s not really a failure. Those are the easy decisions. The tougher ones are the ones that come with the potential for failure. And yes, they are the ones that count.
I talk to so many MTs who are trying to decide what to do about their future. Should they stay the course as is and hope for the best? Should they take a risk and change jobs? Should they take a risk and train for something new to add to their skill set? And what if that means not being in medical transcription anymore, even though it’s a profession they love? I see it in the MT who asks “Should I get my credential?” All around us, we’re seeing major changes and trying to figure out which risk to take. I saw it last night in our webinar, where many attended to get information about transitioning to coding. Will they take the leap? Only time will tell.