Letter to My Non-Compete

Let me share a letter I wrote to my non-compete several years ago:

Non-Compete,

This is my official notice that today, you no longer have any power in my life.

I remember finding out about you when I received that employment contract. I had been warned against you and even asked for you to be removed. They said, “No” so I acknowledged your presence and I signed up for you anyway.

Little did I know what type of anguish, power and turmoil you could bring to my life.

But now, as I look back exactly one year ago from when your terms started…You weren’t as important as you felt. You were just words on a page, placed in a document to control and scare me. Your paragraphs were a small fragment blacking out in a whole huge spectrum of work that I could do in this world. The people behind you used your presence as a weapon to bully me, make me feel insignificant and trapped.

So… thanks for representing the last set of chains attached to me holding me back from a life well lived. You may not know it but  you helped me find the work I’m truly meant to do.  

Today, as I celebrate your expiration, I will also be working with my state medical association to stop your colleagues from residing in contracts of my colleagues. Because your clause hurt me, my patients, my colleagues and healthcare as a whole.

Bye Bye Felicia!

Errin Weisman D.O.

Don’t let fear hold you in place. You were meant to be free.

A noncompete is not a stumbling block. It’s simply a challenge.

And when have you ever let a challenge stop you? I’m guessing … never.

So tackle this challenge head on, friend. I believe in you!

If I can do it, so can you!

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