The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

2000 OPEN FORUM Abstracts

Success is a Journey, Not a Destination

Anthony L. Dewitt, JD, RRT, Bartimus, Frickleton, Robertson & Obetz; Jefferson City, Missouri

What is success? Who gets to decide what it is? Is it money? Is it fame? Is it having everything you want? Or is it something completely different?
The major problem with success is that all too often, we let someone else decide for us what it is. The media tell us that if we don't have a BMW parked in the driveway, we're a loser. If we're not wearing clothes from the best designers, and if our hair is not fashionably cut in the current style, according to trendy magazines, we're out of step. But are we?
Someone once observed that if people really valued what was important in life, there would always be a shortage of fishing poles. Think about that! Do we mortgage our happiness to financial wants and needs and then wonder why working 64 hours a week fails to make us happy?
The secret to happiness comes from inner peace. In this presentation, we'll look at several key areas that help us achieve true success. True success, you see, is what you define it to be.
Some of the components of our success presentation are visualization, goal setting, belief, commitment, perseverance, and having a sense of spirituality. And if you attend this presentation, you'll come away with so much more than I can put forward in a summary of the presentation.
Answer this: are you really doing what you wanted to do when you went to respiratory care school? Are you frustrated by bad management, weak physicians, poor clinical support, and colleagues with bad attitudes? Are you tired of fighting what seems like a losing battle? Then, if you are, this seminar is for you because when you walk out of it, you will walk out changed, with an action plan for making your life, your job, your family, and your tomorrow a better one.
Are you willing to be challenged?
Are you willing to stretch out of your comfort zone?
Are you willing to see things as they can be, not as they are?
Are you willing to believe in yourself?
You can make a difference, but only if you start today. Come sit in on this lecture, and you won't have to worry about taking notes.

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