At a recent event I heard the speaker answer a self-imposed question: what is the difference between success and significance? As I sat and pondered my own answer, the speaker provided his.
“Success,” he stated, “is about me. Significance is about my impact on others.”
As we are in the 2015 holiday season, it’s a good time for us to pause, reflect, and look to the future. The holidays allow many of us to, at least for a few days, step away from work and engage with our family and loved ones. Perhaps it is here that many of us see our greatest success, and even our greatest significance.
Our industry is primarily focused on significance: the ability of our organizations, and of our individual contributions,
to positively affect others. So I would like to pause and thank the countless professionals that make the healthcare industry “significant” to my family and community.
First, to the clinicians, caregivers and healthcare professionals who are on the front line of patient and community care, I say thank you. Your significance is greatly appreciated.
And to the professionals that make the provider network work: financial, administrative, facility, suppliers, and others, I also say thank you. It is your behind-the-scenes work that keeps hospitals and other care centers open, solvent and safe.
Have a great 2015 holiday season, and a very successful 2016. Enjoy your success. Yet even more, enjoy sharing time with the significant people in your life.