I recently saw a social media post featuring images of the original “garage” storefronts of such companies as Amazon, Google and Apple. I believe many would agree that these companies have gone on from their “garage” birth homes to become some of the most successful businesses in modern times. These “garage” born dreamers, entrepreneurial pioneers in thought, resonate with myself and many others. Yes, I have been told over and over that I am the eternal optimist and am accused of setting lofty and unachievable goals. I am a dreamer inside and out!
In Healthcare Technology Management (HTM) we have an assortment of personalities, mind-sets and age groups that have been a very positive influence in some aspects and a hindrance in others. Who and where are these HTM personalities to be found? Look at the HTM peers that you connect with and make your own assessments. Do you see some of these HTM dreamers? How many of your peers dare to dream and how many just choose to follow?
I have reminisced many times about how our HTM service industry has advanced so much during my career. Think about the pre-owned medical equipment replacement parts market 30 years back. First and foremost, it didn’t exist. What did exist was a dysfunctional arrangement of mostly untested parts and questionable business practices exercised by some that were involved in that early period. As the dreamers of that early time period quickly recognized the growing HTM market’s need for a formalized, qualified pre-owned replacement parts resource, what began to emerge were new concept-creating companies in the HTM scene. This market sector, pre-owned medical equipment replacement parts as we know it today, is a formalized entity with numerous ISO and OEM businesses leading this industry-changing resource provision. Again, it’s the dreamers who visualized in their minds and dared to take that dream further when the odds of customer acceptance seemed to be a glimmer in the eye, pouring their energy and passion into successfully pioneering a much-needed product and service.
So, please push yourself to always dream. Don’t worry about what those naysayers who, when your creative thoughts are shared, attempt to minimize them as far-off or lofty ideas! Maybe not all dreams can develop into something tangible, but many can and do!
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