We have all heard that change is inevitable and that change is the only constant in life, and yet we so often resist change – whether at work, in our homes, or in relationships. A number of years ago, I read an article that suggested we actually need change to occur about every five years to prevent boredom, but that this change could be in any area of our lives. In support of that theory, the author pointed out the time frame spent in different phases of school – elementary (5 years), middle school (3 years), high school (4 years), and college (4 years). Additional major changes included the search for a satisfying career, dating and perhaps marriage, purchasing and/or setting up a home, and for some people, parenthood (which then restarts the cycle for the parents as their kids go off to school). It struck a chord with me, perhaps because I was anxious for a change at the time.
Defining what I wanted to change required extensive introspection, but I had a clear idea of where to begin. I realized about four years after buying into our large multi-doctor practice that it was not the right fit for me. However, I knew that I truly enjoyed the challenges of business ownership in addition to the practice of veterinary medicine. Visiting a variety of solo practices and discussing the particular differences with these colleagues helped me discern that this was the path to follow. As hard as it was to step away from the former practice and the security it provided, I am certain it was the best choice for the second half of my career.