Dr. Susan is a former emergency room doctor turned speaker and author. In her book, Tough Cookies Don’t Crumble: Turn Set-Backs into Success, she outlines the strategies that transformed her from college drop-out and secretary to emergency room doctor and entrepreneur. She now helps leaders transform obstacles into victory teaching perseverance and resilience.
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3 Key Points:
- You are NEVER too old, it is NEVER too late.
- Do NOT confuse struggle with failure.
- Do the one thing that only you can do.
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- 00:15 – Free Podcast Course – A free 15 day course on how to Create, Grow & Monetize YOUR Podcast!
- [01:15] – Susan lives in Connecticut with her husband and is a mother to 3 and a grandmother to 5
- [01:33] – Susan left the emergency room to open a medical spa
- [02:00] – Susan also has a speaking career
- [02:26] – Susan’s area of expertise is being able to pursue her goals no matter what age she is
- [02:57] – Susan realized she wanted to be a doctor and shares the problems she faced in achieving that goal.
- [04:59] – Susan was 35 years old, pregnant, and did not have a husband
- [05:05] – When people asked her what she was going to do, Susan answered, “Everything that I ever wanted in my life came at the same time. I’m going for it”.
- [05:32] – Susan chose to be an ER doctor because the schedule gave her time to be with her son, but realized later that she did not love being there
- [06:47] – Susan wanted to open her own business and address her own need in regards to aging
- [07:00] – JLD echoes Susan’s “You are never too old, it is never too late”
- [11:50] – Susan’s defining moment was when she refused money from a rude customer
- [12:25] – JLD reiterates the importance of following your gut and standing up for what you believe is right
- [12:55] – Susan got a short and long term lesson from her experience:
- [13:45] – Susan’s greatest AH-HA moment was when she realized that she helped change peoples’ lives through her book
- [15:40] – “If I went out of business tomorrow, anybody else could do the same things that I was doing, but I am the only person who could have written that book”
- [17:15] – The Lightning Round
- What was holding you back from becoming an entrepreneur? – “I didn’t know I could”
- What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? – “One day you’ll be 50 years old, you’ll either be a doctor or you won’t, but you will still be 50”
- What’s a personal habit that contributes to your success? – “I believe in coaching”
- Share an internet resource, like Evernote, with Fire Nation – Trello
- If you could recommend one book to our listeners, what would it be and why? – The Success Principles by Jack Canfield
- [20:15] – If you can solve your problem with money, you don’t have a problem
- 20:23 – Connect with Susan through her website
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