Today’s episode is all about finding what you want to do, and how you can use all your past experiences, your past successes, and failures to help you find it.
My guest is Alex Barker, the Founder and CEO of Happy PharmD–a business and career coaching and consultation firm for pharmacists. Alex first started his career thinking that he wanted to be a pharmacist but realized during his residency that that wasn’t really the case. He then spent roughly five years bouncing around, trying different things until he got to where he is now.
Did you experience switching between different career paths in the past too because you feel you haven’t found yet what you really want to do? Let’s dive into Alex’s story!
[00:01 – 07:23] Opening Segment
Alex’s path towards founding Happy PharmD may have started when he was in College as a Pharmacy graduate. After realizing that he was struggling in this career during his residency years, he ended up trying a lot of other things and businesses. Some of them succeeded. Some failed. What’s more important for him though, is that jumping around and starting a lot of different businesses helped him build his coaching and teaching skills, which led him to discovering what he really wants to do.
[07:24 – 13:46] Finding What You Want
Did you ever experience getting fired? In this segment, Alex talks about relatable feelings about being fired several times. He also shares about another path he considered– teaching in academia. However, he also ended up realizing that he also did not really like it. He just found having a business to be more appealing than being a professor. Lastly, he shares with us business mistakes he committed—adopting too many different ideas and easily taking the word of many other people—and how we can avoid making the same mistakes.
[13:47 – 19:25] The 5-Year Gap
For roughly 5 years, Alex went on trying, succeeding, and failing in several different businesses. But after attending a business mastermind, he had a very important realization. If he wants to succeed, he needed to commit to just one thing! He then talked to his coach about it, really decided to commit, and thus, Happy PharmD was born.
Alex also shares with us a few pieces of advice on how to find our niche: We need to know your limitations. We have to figure out what we’re good at. Then once we have it figured out, we need to think how we would be able to do just that one activity and just delegate everything else.
[19:26 – 27:27] How do you differentiate yourselves against competitions in the business?
Happy PharmD set themselves apart from their competition by doing one basic thing: delivering great service. How do they make sure their potential clients know? According to Alex, in the same way that you have to experience Disney Land to know how great it is, they also make their clients experience the quality of their service by offering complimentary coaching sessions.
Given these points, make sure to listen closely to our conversation too about how to treat your competition and having an abundance mindset versus a scarcity mindset. These will surely help you set yourself apart better from the others, especially for those who share the same sentiment with me: “I want competition but I don’t want to compete.”
[27:28 – 32:24] The FOCUS FIVE Segment
The FOCUS FIVE are five questions I ask every guest on my show. Keep on listening to find out what book Alex gifts most often; who would he talk to if he can get an hour of any person living or dead, from the past or the present, and why; that one thing he believes but most people will disagree with; his morning routine; and lastly, where are the best places we can connect with him online. (See the links below for Alex’s social media links!)
“It was really the trial and error, perhaps there’s a mixture too of just quick adoption of skills and execution that really led me to where I am because I would quickly try to learn as much as I could and applied it as I was learning it to really justify is this worth pursuing or not.” – Alex Barker
“I have found that I am in a much more tempered place because of my failures and because of my successes. I’m no longer swayed by new shining opportunities that people present me.” – Alex Barker
“Once you figure out what you’re good at, you have to think through how can I only do that activity and delegate everything else to the best of my ability” – Alex Barker
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