“It’s got to be bigger than you.”
That’s what I realized when I was running my very first practice, working myself to death because I didn’t know any other way.
I had become this control freak. This perfectionist. This guy who carried the entire practice on his back, because I didn’t see how anyone could do the things I was doing.
But I hit a wall.
I couldn’t make the impact I wanted to make because there was only one of me. And I couldn’t create more hours in the day.
And my friend Dr. Pete Camiolo had a similar problem, though the circumstances were different.
Dr. Pete and his wife were expecting their fourth baby. It was a difficult pregnancy, so he decided to take time away from his practice to help his wife.
But while he was away, his practice fell apart.
The crazy thing is, it seemed like Dr. Pete was doing everything right!
For one thing, he had hired some great associate doctors. It’s not like he was the only chiro adjusting patients and then decided to take time off. He thought that he had that covered.
And also, Dr. Pete had a team of CAs. And individually, they were good at their jobs.
So why did his practice fall apart? And why did I hit that wall?
How could these things happen to chiropractors who appeared to be so successful?
Well, as we figured out much later, we were both STUCK in the “second season” of our chiropractic careers: we got stuck in the Build season.
Here’s what we discovered: there are actually four seasons of a chiropractic career: Launch, Build, Scale, and Exit.
And like most chiros, we were stuck in the Build season, having no idea that the Scale season even existed…but even more importantly, neither one of us knew that whether we made it to Scale (or not) would make ALL of the difference in the world as to how our EXIT seasons would turn out.