Recently, I got some hate mail
Basically, the unhappy person doesn’t like that
I prefer flying over my ground medic past, and…
that I don’t give away even more free information (ironically) about how to become a flight medic.
And I should take things more seriously in my emails or… or… she’ll unsubscribe from my free email newsletter.
Whatever shall I do???
I tell ya, I get such a kick out of complaints like that.
Because they’re toothless.
I simply don’t grant people the kind of power over me where I need them to read my newsletter, nor care if they go, stay, lay or pray. It simply doesn’t matter to me one way or the other.
Hit Me With A Spoon!
It’s like when my mom whacked me with a wooden spoon as a child.
I don’t remember what I did, exactly.
But, whatever it was, my mom decided to discipline T-roy by
spanking me on the ass with a giant wooden spoon.
Whack! Whack! Whack!
Over and over and over, until…
The wooden spoon broke on my husky-size, jeans-covered bubble butt!
And, I started laughing.
Which, no doubt, irritated my mom even more.
So what does that have to do with flying medical helicopters?
A lot, actually.
When I first started flying EMS, I was very self-conscious
about doing everything everyone wanted. I ran around like a
chicken with its head cut off… trying to keep the nurses
happy, trying to keep the aviation manager happy, trying to
keep the program manager happy, and on and on.
What I learned was most of the time the folks I was trying to please, weren’t even paying attention to me. Not because they didn’t care, but because they had their own stuff to worry about. And second, trying to please everyone, about everything, is a waste of time.
And so it is with the newsletter subscribers complaining about free information who “threaten” to unsubscribe.
I laugh at their punishment as cheerfully as I laughed off
the wooden spoon breaking over my butt.
And The Lesson Is…
Anyway, there’s a lesson here.
And, that is:
Don’t give anyone power over you.
Not helicopter companies.
Not health systems.
And, definitely not people you try to help for free.
Have a crappy call or flight?
Re-live the three good ones you had before it.
A co-worker bringing you down?
Go take a “safety” nap, somewhere she is not.
Someone threaten to unfriend you on facebook?
Do it for them.
Scroll down and click that unfriend link for ’em.
The Big Takeaway
Listen up, listen good, and never forget this:
If you are good at what you do… if you provide exceptional
patient care… if you excel at helping others.
Whatever it is you teach/do/produce…there is far less supply of “you” than
there are people who need what you offer.
In other words…
You’re the prize.
You’re the one who can pick and choose.
And, yes, you’re the one in control.
By the way, this is the essence of my “INSIDER”
training program methodology, too.
And you know what?
It leads to happier free email subscribers.
Happier paying coaching students.
And, yes, a happier You.
Have you ever wasted effort trying to please everyone? Did you learn something from it? Share your experience in the comment section or just let us know how we’re doing. We may not pander and pine to you, but we definitely appreciate what you do.