Unhappy Doing The Same Things Over and Over again?… Then Do This!

by Cindy on December 9, 2009

in About Cindy,Motivational

Set your sails to the wind

I can’t change the direction of the wind. But I can adjust my sails.
-Jimmy Dean

Ever feel like a hamster in a wheel doing the same thing over and over?

A routine of eat, sleep, and work is easy to get stuck in.  As unhappy as some of us are about our jobs, sometimes the idea of making a change feels scarier then staying where we are.

Routine feels safe.  It’s a predictable habit.  Change is what breaks that horrible routine into something better.

Splash from the Past
In May 2000, I graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  I didn’t know the challenges awaiting me in the pharmacy world. School never prepares you for the real life challenges you face as a retail pharmacist.

In August of that year, I worked for Walgreen’s.  Within two months, I felt stuck and unhappy with a job I disliked.

I thought about what I could possibly do to change my situation for the better.

Well, I’ve always wanted to move some place warmer, like the west coast.  Two weeks later, I gave Walgreen’s my resignation.

Surfing to California
I packed all my belongings into my cheap, little, lack of power steering Toyota Tercel.  I drove all the way to California, scared and excited.

Looking back, moving to California, was a pivotal moment.  A moment a simple decision changed my whole life drastically for the better.

The more things change, unfortunately sometimes the more they stay the same.
-A once unhappy pharmacist

Once in California, I interned for Sav-On.  I stayed on as a Pharmacist when I passed the board exam.

I provided relief work for Sav-On San Diego serving many different sites.  My home store was a bustling and demanding 24-hour store.  I worked long hours. I worked on weekends and I fell victim to drive-thru customers.

After a year providing relief for Sav-On, I needed relief!

Admittedly, of all the chains I worked for, Wal-Mart was my favorite.  Wal-Mart had no drive-thru pharmacies.  They closed on Sundays and we’re open on other days from 9-7 pm.  It felt great to be home by 7:30 pm.

I became a staff pharmacist for two of their stores near my home.

A few years later, frustrated with the common problems we all deal with in a chain pharmacy, I decided to look for something more satisfying.

Trimming the Sails
I left Wal-Mart briefly to go work at Kaiser.  “Will this new company be less pressured and stressful than Wal-Mart?”

I wasn’t with Kaiser long.  I felt like a complete robot there.  Prescriptions felt like “hot potatoes”.  This wasn’t where I wanted to stay.

I called my pharmacy manager.  I wanted to come back to Wal-Mart.  He replied, “I knew you’d be back”.

Change in all things is sweet.

Dropping Anchor
For me balancing work and personal life wasn’t easy.  Being a workaholic didn’t help either.

When a guy did call, I’d say “let’s have plans in 2 weeks on my weekend off.” I’m sure that didn’t come off well.

I needed to make more changes.  I prioritized my personal life and decided to work less.

This change opened doors to new experiences. One of which, was another pivotal moment, on a hike I met my husband.

The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity.
-Peter F. Drucker

My husband lead me to another major change in my life by becoming a Self-Employed Pharmacist.  Starting out was a little scary.

I researched the market.  I felt confident of the need for this service.  But I was concerned about leaving my job and trying something new.  But, as you can see from Why I Love Being a Pharmacist and Less Stress and Eat Cake in Your Pharmacy things turned out for the better.

My husband convinced me there was nothing to lose.  If something didn’t work out, I could always go back to being an employee.

After the continued success of the business, I became more passionate and satisfied with my role.

Tell others how they changed your life and you will change theirs.
– Ruth Warburton

As time passed, once again I felt I could make a difference in pharmacy.  I liked what I was doing.

I saw so much unhappiness, plus I’ve experienced my own unhappiness in the chain pharmacies.  I wanted other pharmacists to know how to contract themselves out.

I asked my husband, “What could we do to help other pharmacists.”  He came up with the idea of putting up this website.   Where we can connect with other pharmacists worldwide.

Sailing to Port
Are you unhappy doing the same things over and over again?  Are you struggling with a bustling and demanding pharmacy working long hours and on weekends or holidays?  Is your personal life put on hold?

Why not take a chance and give this a try?  Our strategies, can help you find variety in your work by working with multiple clients.  We can help you gain control over your professional life so it doesn’t interfere with your private life.

As, I said in my interview, you don’t have to do this full-time at first you can start part time.

Take a chance on this change and maybe you’ll create your own pivotal moment.

You can’t change the direction of the wind.  But maybe you can adjust your sails by receiving our articles by email.  Trim your sails and sign up!

Photo by: http://www.flickr.com/photos/neilspicys/ / CC BY 2.0 photo modified (changed) by Marvin

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1 A Hang August 12, 2011 at 7:37 am

I’ve been reading through, trying to read all your posts. I plan on starting out part-time and eventually becoming full-time. My question is how do you know what to charge in your market without using a staffing agency? Have you ever been an independent contractor for a staffing agency? I will be filing for my home based business soon & opening a business account. Thanks so much for all your guidance, I will be one to take the leap and market myself as a business catalyst in pharmacy production. The great pharmacist are hard to find, like great technicians!


2 Marvin August 12, 2011 at 8:49 am

A Hang,
I’d say, take the amount a chain pharmacy would pay you working fulltime, hourly and add $10 to it. I think that would be a good starting point without knowing how much a relief agency would charge. Then adjust it as you feel is necessary for the demand in your areas.



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