Through MIGA Plus we have partnered with The Private Practice to offer access to Business Education courses designed for the healthcare profession and aimed at assisting doctors and practice managers develop their business management skills to help them get the most out of their medical practices.

I saw, and immediately shared, a wonderful, thought-provoking video on Facebook recently and I would like to share it now with you.

The video is of Rabbi Dr Abraham Twerski drawing the relationship between how lobsters grow and how stress offers humans opportunity for personal growth.

I’ve transcribed the video below, but you may wish to hear it directly from the raconteur himself.

“There’s something I want to tell you about stress, and how we have to look at stress, ok, and I think it’s an important thing because many people have told me from my lectures, it’s the one thing they remembered.

I was sitting in a dentist’s office and looked at an article that said ‘How do lobsters grow?’ I don’t care how lobsters grow, but I was interested in it, and it points out that a lobster is a soft mushy animal that lives inside of a rigid shell. That rigid shell does not expand, well how can the lobster grow?

Well, as the lobster grows, that shell becomes very confining and the lobster feels itself under pressure and uncomfortable. It goes under a rock formation to protect itself from predatory fish, casts off the shell and produces a new one.

Well eventually, that shell becomes very uncomfortable as it grows, alright….back under the rocks …… the lobster repeats this numerous times.

The stimulus for the lobster to be able to grow is that it feels uncomfortable.

Now, if lobsters had doctors they would never grow, because as soon as the lobster feels uncomfortable, it goes to the doctor, gets a Valium, gets a Percoset and feels fine ….. It never casts off its shell.

So I think that we have to realise that times of stress are also times that are signals for growth, and if we use adversity properly, we can grow through adversity”.

The journey of managing our professional, business, financial and personal lives to achieve, maintain and pass down our own definition of success is paved with stressful road blocks and detours of adversity.

As the wise Rabbi so eloquently puts it, it is these moments of stress that will help us transform and embrace other aspects of ourselves.

Regular readers of The Private Practice Magazine and delegates of The Private Practice Course Program will be familiar with my encouragement to ‘embrace the business person within’. For doctors this can sound, at best, daunting or, at worst, insulting.

It is delivered with the utmost respect and in the knowledge that the stress of learning the language of business and finance will help you to grow into a practice principal and financial manager firmly at the helm of your ship to success.

Our 2018 Course Curriculum has been carefully designed to provide an easily accessible platform to help build your knowledge of sound principles in business, financial and lifestyle management.

The Private Practice team is driven by the notion that a better informed medical community will result in more successful medical practices, delivering on their promise to the community they serve and providing a better quality of life for practice principals and their families .

Other resources

  1. Rabbi Dr Abraham Twerski

    Responding to stress

  2. MIGA Plus Business Education

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  3. Course Guide

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