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Is that why you hold your arm that way?

Fearless

xc-raceRunning is an activity that I always enjoyed… but going outside meant exposure to individuals who are not quite tolerant or accepting. The title is a loaded question born out of genuine curiosity for something that I generally do not think about, especially with the friends and family members that I have known all my life. As my first blog post, I want to keep this short, succinct, and focused on an introduction to myself on what truly matters most.

At the core, what I want for myself and everyone within my sphere of influence is the ability to do exactly what we want when we want and fulfill our wildest dreams. I know it is an optimistic view that has yet to be clashed with the practicalities of the real world. Most importantly, fitness is a key element of what I want to do and how to influence others in a practical manner. I do not need people to become cardio bunnies or pump iron but I would greatly appreciate the change in mindset as I take small steps towards addressing the major healthcare issues currently affecting my neighborhood.

As a side note, I would love to discuss the culture of disability (and being different) from a mature standpoint that is not bitter. I know this is a touchy topic and perhaps I will post a video about it on YouTube.

When words don’t have weight and all you can do is wait

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Just to preface, I am not asking for anyone to judge me differently. This is the blog post that I… would never do and every ounce of me resisted. Quite frankly, it is really uncharacteristic of me to share something like this, regardless of how many years it’s been. I am sharing this here now because I would rather not be “gripped”.

When I was in 5th grade, my parents divorced. I learned in a crude manner about the physical abuse. There is a video describing the incident as narrated by my older brother. If you wish, you can watch it here. My mom, my sister, my brother, and I moved in with my maternal grandparents.

When my mom’s family helped gather all of the belongings, one of my uncles nearly punched my father after overhearing something. My father boldly stated to my sister, “You owe me”. He was talking about college tuition.

I was court ordered to go to anger management. This was the most significant “Catch 22” of my life. I did not know how to act. I never met such crazy people in my life with whom I had to share the room. Even they asked why I was there.

What made matters complicated was that I had to visit my father per visitation rights. A lot of money was wasted in court. Even obtaining something as seemingly simple as a signature for renewing my passport and giving the thumbs up for me to travel outside of the country was a huge burden financially and emotionally.

I listened to a ton of music. MP3 players were becoming popular at the time but all I had was a CD player. I built up my iTunes library and burned my favorite mixes on CDs.

My biggest obstacle to overcome was this notion that anyone else (but me) was allowed to thrive, flourish, and be successful simply put because they did not deal with my challenges. Granted, I did not wish harm or awful things upon anyone. They lived a life that was fully privileged and socially acceptable. I wasn’t quiet just to be nice. I was quiet because I lacked meaningful talking points. There was so much disconnect between where I was and where I wanted to be.

I learned to listen. I had to see a lot of different counselors, especially with my father. I could hear the tones and detect the mannerisms of my father dancing around an issue or trying to sway my stance in an argument. It would reach the point where he would tell me that I was brainwashed. Most of all, I felt powerless because I was “just a kid”. My grades had no impact on visitation hours. The judge could tell that I was smart based on my GPA but my words only carried so much weight.

What changed as time went on was that my mom did not want to play hardball. She did not fight for child support money, which I could care less about. As for me, I transitioned into high school. I joined the Cross Country team per my brother’s advice. I knew the coaches from the times I would visit my older brother’s award ceremonies when I was younger.

Moral of the story: Do not deny people their personhood, especially kids. Every case is tricky but I trust that everyone here has great intuition.

Thank you if you read this. I did not want to sound bitter. I just wanted to share my experiences and hopefully you gained some insight on the complexities of people. This is not something I normally just go around sharing (in person) and I think you could tell why. Most of all, I will not act weird or dark because that is not me. On the other hand, socially awkward is totally me.

Below are resources if you (or someone you know) is in need of help coping with abuse and trauma.

http://www.thehotline.org/what-is-gaslighting/

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/power-in-relationships/200905/are-you-being-gaslighted

https://medium.com/@sheaemmafett/10-things-i-wish-i-d-known-about-gaslighting-22234cb5e407

https://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/types/violence/domestic-violence.asp

http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/conditions/post-traumatic-stress-disorder

https://www.getselfhelp.co.uk/flashbacks.htm

Let’s be honest! Feeling the pangs of burnout? Do you still have that passion for your career? Is something amiss?

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Burnout? It’s a real thing! Why? Well, “why” is the most important thing. If your “why” isn’t strong, then you are susceptible to burnout. Sometimes, there are situations that you did not expect once you jumped into a workplace, which can include school as well. My advice to you is… “Don’t doubt yourself!” Who cares if other people doubt you? Don’t focus on proving other people wrong! Focus on proving what you inherently know to be true! What do I mean? Whatever vision it is that you have… believe in that and do what it takes to get there. Be relentless!

So… for me, Physical Therapy school was by far the most grueling and tough run through education that I have ever experienced. Why? Anyone can preach about the terrors of test week. Being in a routine of eat, sleep, study while going to class from 8 am to 5 pm is no bueno, especially when some of the exams are lab practicals where you have to physically demonstrate a technique. However, it’s not just how you use your hands. You also have to clarify when this intervention would be contraindicated, the parameters (settings), and how to document. Safety is the biggest concern. It’s doable but… geez. Going through it felt robotic at times because information was rushing in much faster than I was able to process it. I am so grateful to have made it past the difficult points. The only thing that stands in my way (at the time of writing this post) is the NPTE, which is the board examination for Physical Therapy students. One major critique is that the NPTE has no lab practical component and emphasizes safety more than anything. Also, the concepts of questions are derived from textbooks, which can include outdated information. Despite the challenge of wanting to be a solid clinician out of the gates and having to put in the necessary struggle to pass the boards, I am confident that my cohort (yay class of 2018) will rock it!

Beyond the board examination and after obtaining licensure, things can be… rough. I do not know personally but I hear the tone of overworked individuals pretty often, especially with the bickering in online groups. Burnout is definitely a real thing with the challenges of insurance reimbursement and providing quality care for the patient… but you (PTs) should check out my level up page! Why? There actually are PTs (turned business owners) who understand your frustration and how to help you learn the necessary skills to get back on track in this 24/7 digital era. Things truly don’t have to be the way they are. Let’s be a part of that change!

Launch a podcast?!?

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Launch a podcast?!? Crazy, right? How do you start? How do you get guests? Do you need a co-host?

Well, the journey has been beautiful. I cannot be more grateful about implementing an idea that was trapped in my mind for so long. Most of all, you should always be “networking” (basically meeting people and being friendly) in order to understand what people are about and refine your message & goals when speaking to so many ambitious individuals. My pocket ace was a cool gentleman who is a friend and fellow podcaster, Will Boyd. Also, shout outs to fellow podcasters who answered my questions, including Alex Engar, Jared Aguilar, and Brandon Poenn. The one piece of advice I really want to hone in on is… just do it! Literally. What a ride it has been! A podcast is a great platform for whatever idea you have! The best part is how this gives you an “in” for chatting with really cool and interesting people! You can totally do this yourself! Whatever doubts you have, honestly, they will melt away when you start! As you continue to get the reps in, things get easier and you figure out how stuff works out.

So what are some practical things? Well, I learned the technical side of all the tasks that need to be done. Ask Will Boyd! Speaking with several guests, I soon learned about what difficulties they faced and how the overall experience was for them. I would say the fundamental concepts when interacting with people is the real difficulty of scheduling (thanks Calendly), deadlines for editing and prepping everything, and any additional experiences. This could include the little details in the episode description, doing a custom pic (I use Photoshop but Canva works too), and setting up a Facebook community for more engagement (shout outs again to Alex Engar). As with any business or organization, begin with a vision and a mission. When in doubt, this is where you turn to see if a guest is able to contribute and if your questions will yield the answers listeners seek.

What were my biggest fears holding me back? Why did I (looking back now) essentially waste 2 hours of my time to talk it out when I already knew what I wanted to do and definitely had the technical saavy to figure things out? I was afraid that I would be rejected. I was afraid that I would be unable to convince anyone to hop on my podcast while I was growing & developing my skills. I was scared that I would be unable to convince inspirational individuals to join me on a platform that is unfamiliar to them, especially when we do not know each other in person and I don’t have “evidence” to back up my vision. What a pleasant surprise it was to be proven wrong! Most of all, shout outs to Taylor Petrick, fellow Smart Success PT student, who was courageous enough to share her story about living with MS (Multiple Sclerosis) as a DPT student. Although not every ask was a “yes”, I greatly appreciated the opportunities that unfolded and will never forget the individuals who were open when I had my own reservations and doubts. So if you have an idea, just do it! A podcast is honestly not that difficult to launch. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me! Hope to catch you in the next episode of the Capable Body Podcast (click image below to catch up)! Join the active Facebook community!

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Why and how to build long-term relationships with your ideal client via social media marketing

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(Photo of me and Ben Ramos, the top chiropractor in San Diego)

Before I begin, you (loyal readers) are integral to this experience. Thank you so much for your time and your attention. I appreciate the recognition and will continue to follow the mission of my personal brand to inspire you in a meaningful manner! I truly appreciate that you find me or anything I say… interesting. Also, quick announcement, I will start up a mini-series of blog posts focusing more about my story, especially living with OBPI (obstetric brachial plexus injury) and that experience. Release date is TBD but it is in the works! I even mentioned it on a podcast to hold myself accountable 😉

Alrighty! So marketing (especially digitally on Facebook or Instagram) is simply using tools as a vehicle for communicating your message. For Physical Therapists, we have it easy simply put because what we do works… yet few people inherently know what it is we actually do. In our case, we provide a solid service. Other businesses have it even easier when selling products, especially bicycles (shout outs to Dr. Jeff Moore). While sharing a message is nice, the overall process is what matters most. The secret to that is having a plan and a strategy! The tactics will follow and flow more naturally when you understand what it is you are doing and why. So for PTs who own a private practice, this means demonstrating clearly how seeing a movement specialist can truly benefit the patient. Be proactive! Answer people’s questions! If a famous athlete experiences an injury, why not quickly write up a blog post about it? Check it (shout outs to my mentor Greg Todd)! Guess who draws in traffic and gets more views?

Although I could definitely continue, it is in your best interest to start implementing. Like now! Go for it! As always, feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions! PTs, definitely consider leveling up!

To finish up, Gary Vee is a great example of building up a brand genuinely by freely sharing content and solid advice for real entrepreneurs who are willing to put in the work. Check him out on YouTube (see video below) and maybe you are the lucky one who is called up on the Ask Gary Vee Show. In fact, that’s how I heard about someone who I eventually interviewed on the Capable Body podcast (to be released soon)!

Physical Therapy Business Growth School: the Secret Weapon of the Top PTs in the World

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Entrepreneurship? Systems? Automation? Scaling up and working on your business rather than in your business? Why? Spend more time doing the things you love rather than stressing out over trying to get new patients! Most importantly, be a leader and empower your staff! For the younglings like me, why do we need to bother with this?!? Well, insurance reimbursement is going down and co-pays are going up ($50?!? Authorization required?!? It used to be only $5 back in the day!). Naturally, patients have become hesitant about what we do as Physical Therapists so it’s time for us to wake up and shake up! Like it or not… marketing matters and we need to communicate better! Stop fighting over scraps and get out of the rat race! Escape the red pond of sharks and venture out into the blue ocean! Buying lunches for physicians is NOT the answer! Even then, one lunch wouldn’t get you in the door and definitely wouldn’t guarantee you a flow of patient referrals. So… if you want to be the best, learn from the best! Paul Gough’s Business Growth School is an extremely high caliber course for driven individuals. In addition to the amazing content, there is an amazing group. As a DPT student, I am nowhere near the situations that private practice owners face but I greatly appreciated the recognition and acknowledgement of my curiosity & the types of questions I asked.

Quick disclaimer: I personally do not judge people differently based on whether or not you are pursuing interests similar to mine. You do not have to do any of the online courses that I have done, go to the conferences I have been to, or participate in any services that I will (or already do) provide. I am simply sharing my experiences for free and hoping that you obtain some concrete value out of it. Most of all, I am showing the doors for various things that may interest you but that type of decision is ultimately yours. Hopefully something resonates with you. You are more than welcome to explore all the content that I put out because that’s exactly why I put stuff out there! As always, feel free to reach out if you have any questions or comments! That being said… don’t hesitate to level up!

As I mentioned in a previous blog post, the key to success is understanding your ideal client and how to communicate with her/him. Paul is a beast (and this is an understatement) in the marketing aspect for building the funnels and appropriately using tools to fine-tune with laser-sharp vision how many new patients he needs for his practice. He has such a solid grasp of business and THIS was the key to his success. In contrast, being a Physical Therapist for world-class soccer players was not enough for Paul and his family to live their dream life. Although I learned in another online course why addressing the business aspect of healthcare is essential, I still wanted more. Listen to Paul Gough (see podcast link down below) if you really want to understand why he is like a Jedi master when it comes to communicating with confidence, being strategic, understanding every aspect of his business, and taking the appropriate measures when risk is involved. I cannot say enough good things about Paul. Since the key to success is to start early and not be afraid of making mistakes, I will end on this note. Go listen to him! Link is down below at the bottom.

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To finish up, below is my “why” video about pursuing a career in PT. This was one of the most uncomfortable things for me to share BUT I was extremely happy with how my message was well-received by Paul’s group and the fact that they cheered me on rather than stifled my growth.

Lastly, Paul has great content that you are free to listen to at anytime (because it is free). Judge for yourself! Here is his podcast: http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/physical%E2%80%A6d1137950319?mt=2

I will give you a heads up when the course goes live again! As always, feel free to ask me any questions about my experience!

The Facebook Live Experience – The Horrors of Public Speaking

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Facebook live?!? Why?!? Keep your friends and family up to date! Who are you? Why do you do the things you do? What types of things can you do for people that don’t waste time nor add to the noise of social media? Maybe you attract some new ideal followers who enjoy the content you share! In my case, this is part of the journey for personal branding and allowing people who are searching for my knowledge and wisdom to find me.

Going live on Facebook is quite the experience and truly pushes you outside of your comfort zone! You have to be you! I can attest to having my finger hover over the “Go Live” button for a solid 10 minutes while my heart is pounding out of my chest. The moment still happens but how you manage the response changes over time. So get those reps in! Keep at it! Below are some of the resources that I used to improve. Thank you for reading this super duper short blog post! Sharing small bits of advice here to get you going! As always, feel free to ask me any questions!

TED Talks

5 ways to listen better

How to speak so that people want to listen


Start with why – how great leaders inspire

*Just for fun… how to sound smart in your TED talk

Toastmasters

2016 World Champion – Outsmart and outlast

2015 World Champion – The power of words

Tune in tomorrow on Wednesday night (July 12th) around 6 pm PST (9 pm EST) for my Facebook live about Facebook live! Replay below in the comments!

Pathfinders: the Journey of Navigating your Career Path within Physical Therapy (the most fulfilling yet least known doctoral profession)

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Finding your career path? Not sure where to turn? Connect with the PT connector, Dr. Ben Fung! Start strong. Move up. Grow wealth. Kill debt. Give back! To showcase what I genuinely mean about “connecting”, check out this video of Ben hanging out with me out at False Point in Pacific Beach (San Diego, CA). This post is intended to be more of a reflection on my experience and sharing where you can look for more information if the Pathfinders online course appeals to you. Quick side story before diving into the topic…

Before I joined #socialPT and #PTFam, I had blinders on so that I could focus exclusively on school… only to be disappointed (saving for a later topic in August).

Ben has discussed how the school system in general lied to us.

He has also explained why being successful does not require permission.

Despite being aware of Ben due to his continual efforts with reaching out to DPT students via live video streams in the Facebook group, I chose Disneyland over his “secret event” during CSM 2016 in Anaheim, CA. Let’s face it… who wouldn’t choose the happiest place on Earth over PT? Content is king and marketing is queen, right… especially when you clearly know what you are getting… because consistency is key? But if you want a legacy, then context is the damsel in distress. Ben knows I am teasing, though it is true 😛

Interested in learning more? Find out here.

Quick disclaimer: I personally do not judge people differently based on whether or not you are pursuing interests similar to mine. You do not have to do any of the online courses that I have done, go to the conferences I have been to, or participate in any services that I will (or already do) provide. I am simply sharing my experiences for free and hoping that you obtain some concrete value out of it. Most of all, I am showing the doors for various things that may interest you but that type of decision is ultimately yours. Hopefully something resonates with you. You are more than welcome to explore all the content that I put out because that’s exactly why I put stuff out there! As always, feel free to reach out if you have any questions or comments! That being said… don’t hesitate to level up!

Fast forward to today and I was the one DPT student who not only kept up the consistency on social media after Ben’s talk at CSM (with Richard Severin, Brett Kestenbaum, and Greg Todd) but I also took the “leap” into UpDoc’s initial cohort of Pathfinders. Granted, I already had a pleasant previous experience with a PT-related online course yet I was deeply intrigued in learning more about the inpatient setting from someone with experience who would be willing to take me under his wing. The pleasant surprise was that I probably got the most out of the course, especially having access to amazing individuals within the field of Physical Therapy who would answer my questions honestly and thoroughly. On top of that, the PT Pathfinders were very supportive and each came from different backgrounds with a different career focus. Each of us struggled with the real challenge of asking for a higher initial salary or asking later down the road for raise. Despite having access to helpful information, actually implementing the mindset and techniques into practice is another story. I notably had fond respect for the new grad PTs dealing with the situations that I foresee and dread, particularly tackling student loan debt. This is a topic covered extremely well in the course. Quick shoutout to Joe Reinke for being such a trooper giving Pathfinders great pearls of wisdom on finance while recovering from surgery for appendicitis. In fact, shoutout to all the community mentors who contributed to the group.

Like what you have heard thus far? Take a peek at the course outline (scroll down on the web page).

Without giving any secrets away, the one final thing I will mention is this, you get out what you put in. The commitment varies but did not extend beyond 3 hours per week. This concept of quality commitment applies to most things in life but definitely with this course that is geared towards a sense of community. I extremely enjoyed taking this course, witnessing the transformation amongst my peers, and valuing the level of engagement. Not once did I ever feel short-changed or “sold out”. Ben knows this with how many times I would reach out to him on Snapchat or how many minutes we would spend on the phone discussing topics that I cared about. I swear I wasn’t testing you! I just had a ton of questions!

Lastly, below is my personal “why” video about pursuing a career in PT.

If you are interested in learning more about the course, check out the website for more details. Also, as a heads up, I will have Dr. Ben Fung join me in a Belive.TV interview in September. Like my Facebook page here so you don’t miss out on that as well as my vlog discussions pertaining to life, PT, or business! Replay link will be added on my YouTube channel afterwards.