Chris is a 33 years old father, a fiance and just another guy with some dreams he would like to see become reality while his here on earth. If Chris had to tag himself as something though, it would probably be a serial entrepreneur. He just likes to create things, brand them, market and sell them and hopefully master them before moving on to something else. He has failed a lot in his life, but failure has always just been another word for education to him. Chris told me his passion is just elevating himself to new heights, not just in success and creativity but also in his presence as a person in this world. He loves learning, improving and mastering things in life. He thinks that the feeling of accomplishment becomes addictive, and rightfully so. His current focus in business is his medical consulting company, Lenus Medical Consultants. They help independent physicians drive more revenue into their practice while also simplifying their practice workflow, and most importantly, improving their patient care. Chris has a passion for success and accomplishment, but not just his own success. He told me if they can help physicians who are struggling to thrive in this current ecosystem created by the major hospital networks and insurance companies then in the end, they are making a difference. These are some of the people that care the most about the health and well-being of the public and they are struggling due to the number of regulations and strategic confines put in place to help the system gain control of the industry as a whole while pushing out the little guys. Chris and his team have some very big things in the works that they hope will help place some control back in these physicians hands, allowing them to focus on what they love, which is caring for their patients, while reducing the amount of time and effort they are having to spend on all the administrative duties that insurance companies require from them in order for them to be reimbursed for their services. They believe that if we focus our efforts on helping those who desire to better the world then there will always be room for success, not just for them and the physicians, but the patients as well in terms of better overall healthcare.
1. Humble Beginnings
Q: How did you get started and what or who inspired and empowered you to?
That's tough to answer honestly, but I think for me it started when I was young. I was never able to keep myself committed to working a job for other people for more than a year at a time, I knew what I wanted out of life and I just didn't see the traditional methods getting me there. My Dad is a top level executive for Hewlett Packard, and even though he makes great money, he doesn't own his time. He was never home when I was a kid, I've always had an insane amount of respect for him because he traveled non stop so he could provide an exceptional life for us, but he's had to kill himself to do it. My brother on the other hand, began building a record label in his early 20’s while I was in high school, one that would eventually find massive success and I was able to see the difference; he worked for himself and therefore owned his time. My dad may have made more money, maybe, but he didn't have time where as my brother, Jacob, had complete control over his time in life. My first venture was in the nightclub business, I found marginal success but also lost a lot of money in the beginning so truthfully I think I may have broken even by then end of it. I shut down my nightclub when my daughter was born 3 months premature, and I made a promise to myself that my daughter and her mother would never lack in anything and that I would build a life for them that allowed them to enjoy life without restrictions, while still owning my time.
Q: What unique and creative strategies if any did you use when you were first getting started?
I wouldn't really call it unique, but if I had to pin something down, I think it would have to be visualization. For years now I have kept a short story, written on paper, that I created describing my life as I see it being when I'm where I want to be. On this paper I would just articulate what my life looked like after achieving everything I desired, my dream life if you will. Over time, I began checking things off that list, and of course I would occasionally add something new. I have never looked at it as something I wished would happen, it has always just been a window into the future for me. I often times never knew how I would accomplish or acquire those things, but I knew for a fact that it was already done, those things already belonged to me, I was just waiting on them manifest here. I still do this to this day and I think I will always do this. Today, if I have some big event coming up, or a big meeting, or anything else, I write down a bunch of positive affirmations about my abilities pertaining to the task at hand and the result I know I will achieve.
Q: What mindset distinguished you from others who were doing the same thing? How did you develop it?
I think just having a never quit attitude and faith in my own abilities to pull through anything have certainly helped to shape me as a person and as an entrepreneur. After you go through so much in life, but keep coming out intact on the other side, you begin to realize that it's all just a part of the process. Growing hurts, but when you know without a shred of doubt that you can trust yourself to get the job done because you know for a fact that even if you don't know how you're going to pull it off, you know that you just won't give up until you achieve the desired result. I think that kind of makes a person an unstoppable force.
3. What is your definition of success?
Being able to enjoy your life without any restrictions while spending your time doing what you love. I think a person's success should not be measured in what they have, but what they have been able to give back. Being successful is great and anyone who has fought to get there deserves it, but I also believe that anyone who has made it there had other successful people helping, guiding and lifting them up along the way. You have to pay it forward.
Q: What do you think is the main reason why some people face failure when going after their vision?
I think nearly all people will face failure when doing so. In fact, I think it's very rare to manifest your vision without first failing many times. If I had to give a reason why, I would just have to say that it's just part of the process. When you're chasing your dreams you are not only reaching for things outside of your current abilities, but you're also doing something that the average mind just doesn't grasp and so it becomes a fight of trial and error. It doesn't get easier as you go, you become better and more equipped to handle the rigors of the journey. Without the failures then you are no better equipped to make your vision a reality and impact the world than the next guy. Our failures are the stepping stones to our success.
5. What is the best piece of advice you have received or came across and would like to share with everyone?
Don't quit! It's truly just that simple. Don't quit and don't be afraid of failure because if you fail enough you're bound to succeed but the average person gives up when they are just one strike away from success. If it were easy, everyone would be healthy, wealthy, successful and happy but that's not the world we live in. It's hard, and you have to accept that when you decide to hunt down your dreams and you have to decide that you are going to be up for the task no matter what the cost.
To view the amazing work Chris does, visit lenusmedical.com/
To view my work, visit dukuinspires.com
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