I started working at a local Medical Centre at 17 years old. I worked there for several years before two of the Doctors left and asked me to go with them to open and manage their new practice.
I was ecstatic to say the least. I aspired to do so much with my life, to really be someone. I always felt I was meant for more, you know. And here I was about 21 years old and a Practice Manager to over 7 Doctors and two receptionists. Sure, my pay didn’t increase, nor did I have ‘Practice Manager’ written on my timesheet however I was too busy working the long hours to prove myself.
Looking back in hindsight, I was pretty naive.
I wanted so badly to please everyone that I accepted the work I did for the lower pay. It wasn’t until we (I mean me) that hired an older employee who waltzed in off the bat and became the ‘Practice Manager’.
WTF was going on?
I opened the business and built it from the ground up. I wrote the Policies and Procedures manual. FFS.
I was so confused.
What was the problem, you may be wondering? Well one of my employers seemed to rank positions based upon age. Yes, I did all the work but it didn’t matter because age apparently wasn’t just a number to him.
This made me feel extremely defeated.
So, you're probably wondering, what exactly did I do?
Well, I tried to dress more ‘respectfully’. I started to wear suit jackets, black shoes with little heels. I even wished I wore glasses, in fact, this is about the time I came across my first ever pair of blue light glasses. Sure I looked and felt smarter, however the quality of those particular frames meant the lenses were so blue I looked silly.
For the first time, I started to realise the importance of not only looking like I played the part, but FEELING like I played the part. When you feel a certain way, people can tell in your confidence.
Did I last much longer in that job? No, but as you can imagine, I didn't give a damn.
Because I had a new sense of self importance, into catapulted me into the next opportunity. And the next opportunity. And the next opportunity.
Every time, I've been judged, I've gotten better. I've dressed smarter. I've worked harder.
It's gotten me to being the CEO of a company where I get to help other women like YOU, do the same thing.