Why “Regular” Jobs Aren’t For Me

Today, I wanted to share part of an upcoming podcast I was featured on. In this short piece, I explain how I got into physical therapy as a career and why “regular” jobs just weren’t for me.

As many of you know, almost all of my family were medical providers. I come from a line of healers, and it was always expected that I would become a physician too. They would say “doctor,” but I use that term in a very specific way because we all as PTs are doctors too.

My first night of organic chemistry I knew it wasn’t for me. It just wasn’t worth spending four to six hours a day on homework for something I wasn’t passionate about. Plus, working a hundred hours a week and not seeing my family were not appealing ideas in the least.

So, I graduated college and went to California to find a “real job.” I interviewed at Sports Street Marketing. I showed up wearing my suit and they told me they don’t dress that formally there. I had grown up knowing you were supposed to wear a suit to job interviews, but because of that experience, I wore a sweater to another interview. I at least got a call back for that one.

I ended up becoming a temp and being treated as basically illiterate by my bosses. Meanwhile, my fellow Duke graduates were working on Wall Street or in Silicon Valley. I became a bike messenger next, knowing it wasn’t a long-term, sustainable thing.

Long story short, I wanted to race bikes and massage had helped me so much that it seemed perfect for me to become a massage therapist too. I could treat so few patients a week and still have time to race bikes and make a sustainable income. It was my wife, Andra, who encouraged me to become a physical therapist because my patients had told me I was the only one who touched them where they hurt.

I couldn’t do the 9 to 5 thing. I couldn’t work for someone else. I wanted to help as many people as possible without insurance dictating what I could and could not do for my patients. So, I started my clinic right out of PT school and never turned back.

If you want a more in-depth version of this story, check out the blog post I did a few weeks ago!

 

 

About The Author

Aaron LeBauer

Aaron LeBauer PT, DPT, LMBT started a 100% cash based physical therapy practice right after graduation. He's on a mission to save 100 million people from unnecessary surgery & enjoys helping passionate therapists build successful businesses without relying on insurance.

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