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Lesson From “Royal Pains”- Make Your Own Luck

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Another one of my favorite TV shows also deals with unplanned career changes. “Royal Pains” (Thursdays @ 10pm on USA) is about a New York  ER doctor Hank Lawson (played by Mark Feuerstein), who was fired from his last job when a hospital trustee dies under his care. Subsequently, his brother Evan (played by Paulo Costanzo) coaxes him to take a weekend trip to the Hamptons where he’s literally coerced into his new career as a concierge doctor (a doctor who makes house calls for the rich). Aside from Evan seeing dollar signs in this new business, another cohort with a vested interest in Hank’s practice is Divya Katdare (played by Reshma Shetty). As part of the wealthy elite, she’s rebelling against her roots and determined to make her own way as Hank’s Physician Assistant or “Associate”.  While Evan and Divya rarely agree on how to make the practice successful, they have one thing in common-they make their own luck.

Improve Your Chances by Looking For Them

Mark Feuerstein, Reshma Shetty, and Paulo Costanzo on "Royal Pains"

Mark Feuerstein, Reshma Shetty, and Paulo Costanzo on "Royal Pains"

In the pilot where Hank and Evan arrive in the Hamptons, Hank makes a name for himself by saving a party girl from pesticide poisoning. His very wealthy and influential party host Boris (played by Campbell Scott) notices and word spreads faster than the speed of light. Hank is in demand instantly, not just by potential patients, but Evan and Divya as well. They both go to great lengths to ensure they’re able to capitalize on Hank’s success, but in a not-so-selfish way. While Evan markets the practice and finds business, Divya helps Hank translate his patients’ needs and navigate Hamptons society. Evan and Divya are both insightful and motivated enough to create opportunities that not even Hank saw coming. There’s no reason any of us shouldn’t do the same, especially in times like these.  Ian Christie on Monster.com outlines a high-level strategy for “Creating Your Own Opportunities”.  Worth checking out if you’ve been looking for your shot as long as I have.

As For Me…

I’m admittedly still working on it. While I’m expanding my knowledge with certification from InboundMarketing.com and contributing to online communities on LinkedIn, it’s still challenging to position myself for opportunities that I may identify in my rounds online. Not saying it isn’t worth the trouble, but it does take time. Yes, patience is a luxury these days, but they also say you only need one shot to be successful. May as well be vigilant in getting yours.  So, until mine comes, I’m still writing, joking, and making the best of my situation.

So what are you doing to make your own luck and opportunities? Happy to hear about it. Talk to you soon.

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Written by Reginald Bautista

July 13, 2009 at 7:06 pm

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