Confidence Within Our Profession
Message from the President: Lisa Christensen, AuD
Recently, I was finally able to get our Inspiration Award winner, Braden Baker, his official award. When you’re a driven and passionate 11-year-old who has raised over $120,000 to help others hear and has been on The Ellen Show, you have lots amazing opportunities.
Unfortunately, one of those amazing opportunities happened the same week we were all in Columbus for AAA 2019. In his absence, Braden made an amazing acceptance video for the general assembly that melted the hearts of everyone who watched it. In the video, he thanked all audiologists, calling audiologists the “real hero of him.” So, as you can imagine watching him open the box with the award in it was an amazing experience for me. His face was filled with joy.
A couple of my goals over this last year was to promote audiology to consumers but also to hopefully be a reminder of how amazing our profession can be when we choose joy. When we enjoy what we do and appreciate the impact we have on the lives of others it can bring joy and high job satisfaction. Alongside those goals there has been a thought that has been echoing within me for most of this past year. What if we follow Simon Sinek’s advice and stop competing with ourselves and do what we do well for our profession and the patients we serve with confidence and joy?
If you’ve read Simon Sinek’s book Start with Why he addresses what he calls The New Competition in Chapter 14. This embraces the idea of being in competition with yourself. Always improving you and accepting that sometimes others will be better than you but never losing the joy of the work you are doing. Because that work will always become better when you focus on yourself by doing your best work.
I truly believe this is true for our Academy. The work we are doing today is better than it was six months ago and it will be better in six months than what we are doing today. So, I want to challenge all of you to embrace a new level of competition based on confidence within the Academy; confidence within our profession; and confidence within ourselves to bring joy back to the fundamentals of audiology and patient care.