Advancing The Profession of Pharmacy

Finding the Courage to Begin

by | Feb 12, 2016 | Big Picture Ideas, Industry Tips

As Winston Churchill once said,

“Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.”

We all have dreams.  Some of those dreams include running our own businesses.  Some of them include quitting your full time job.  Some of us know what are dreams are, but are too afraid to act on them.

Pharmacists have to be one of the most fearless professions on earth.  Why?  Because every single day we complete very complicated tasks, hundreds, if not thousands of times with human lives on the line.

I have explored this fearlessness of pharmacists in the past because I am so fascinated by the etiology of fear.  When I began thinking about starting my independent consulting business, I had so many insecurities about not being “expert enough” or not knowing enough about business/marketing/etc.

When examining your own career, do you have dreams of breaking out on your own and becoming a Pharmapreneur?

Do you see yourself in a speaking and educational role?

What opportunities that already exist within your current workplace?

Once you have identified your passion and career dreams, don’t be afraid to share your ideas.  Following your dreams doesn’t have to include quitting your job and diving in head first, but instead begin to test the waters.

Perhaps you can find some inspiration my reading some books by people that you admire?
I love to listen to podcasts and read about entrepreneurs that make a difference through their businesses. One thing they all seem to have in common is their willingness to share their skills in order to help others.

If you want to start a blog, think about what your strengths are first.

What do people ask your advice on?

What do you enjoy doing?

What makes you feel so passionate that you “lose track of time”?

That is usually a good place to start when thinking about the value you can add to people’s lives.  Pick what you are interested in, and a passion that is most likely to be proprietary as well.

I would love to hear from you and learn more about your goals.  Email me if you would like to schedule a free 15 min coaching call!

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About the Author

Blair Thielemier, PharmD, is a business development consultant specializing in pharmacist-led billing models. She has set the industry standard for virtual pharmacy conferences with the Elevate Pharmacy Virtual Summit in 2017. She has consulted with national pharmacy organizations, drug wholesalers, point of sale companies, and Fortune 5 health insurers. She has books and online courses available for individuals looking to leverage their pharmacy knowledge into monetized clinical programs at She speaks internationally about trends in leveraging pharmacists to improve value-based care.


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