The Things That Drive Us As Private Practice Owners

Here are some of the biggest lessons I have learned and I hope you get some value out of this. I think these five points help address “The things that drive us as physical therapy business owners” or at least they should…

a) Have fun with what you do.

This is only possible when you reach a level where you don’t have to worry about money anymore. Once your basic financial needs are met, try and focus on the things you enjoy and keep doing them. So in the early days, its inevitable that as a small business owner, you twist and bend the rules a little bit to suit your own objectives, but once your basic needs are met – just focus on one thing – having fun, and choose the things you are good at so you enjoy what you do. If there is something that you are not good at, have someone else do it. We got into private practice so we could live life by our own rules, so why not live your life that way? For some of us, it’s patient care, for others its managing your physical therapy business or perhaps starting other businesses.

b) Surround yourself with people you want to work with, and people you want to be with.

I’ve worked with thousands of people over the years, but the one thing that really keeps me waltzing into my office each day is the excitement I get with my colleagues and clients. I genuinely love what I do and I wouldn’t change a thing. Everyone has treated me well and I have no regrets. Sure, there are times when there is a healthy difference of opinion, but that’s what discussion and debate is all about.

c) Nothing matters more than family.

Being a good father, a good husband and a good son is paramount, because it can get lost in translation when you embed yourself in work. It’s something that’s deeply personal for all of us, but it’s easy to forget this. So it’s important to make an ongoing effort, make time because the moments that really matter are right there in front of us every single day. You just have to grab them. Some of us learn this lesson the hard way, after losing some time, and that’s ok.

d) Take care of yourself physically.

Go to the gym / work out daily and eat as healthy as you can. Being in good shape physically spills over into every aspect of your life. I set aside 45 minutes to an hour a day daily to exercise. You will find that when you work out, you tend to eat better, sleep better, think better and everything around you just falls into place better.

e) Challenge yourself mentally and continue to improve your mental skills and knowledge.

I achieve this by reading one book a week. I am currently reading the Steve Jobs book “Becoming Steve Jobs” and it’s really hard to put down. There is a lot to be learned from the insight and experience of others, and finding time to read and absorb new information is an excellent way to challenge the brain and come up with innovative new ways to manage your life and business. When planned correctly, it’s like therapy for your brain, and it’s rejuvenating.

I hope this helps!


Have a great week!

Nitin Chhoda PT, DPT

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