Building the Ark

Author Nick Murray writes for an audience of financial planners and has a concept for building a practice that resonated with me immediately in both medical and in my financial life.  He states that our work and practice (medical or otherwise) is to build an ark for those patients/clients that see the value in boarding.

We recognize that a hard rain will fall for many of our patients/clients-whether premature atherosclerosis from undertreated diabetes, or poor diet, or bad investments and other financial mistakes.  Our job is to build a safe place with integrity and care.

At the same time, we need to realize that not everyone needs the ark.  There are others that don’t think they need the ark (even though they do).  We must “let that go.”  Our work is to build the best ark we can-to keep our people safe and dry.

This concept expands to help in constructing and managing a wide range of businesses.  Concentrating on doing the best job of protecting your patients/clients/customers will lead to high level of job satisfaction and a practice that attracts more people to come out of the rain.

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Steven Podnos MD, CFP

Steven Podnos MD CFP attended the University of Florida College of Medicine and trained in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at UT Southwestern in Dallas Texas. He moved back to Florida with his physician wife (ENT) and raised a family while practicing Pulm/CC medicine for over twenty years. During that time, he also started and ran a Hospitalist program for several years. In 2002, Steve began a slow transition towards having a Fiduciary Fee Only Financial planning practice-at first just for friends and family. As the practice grew, he transitioned out of full time medical practice to full time financial planning. Dr. Podnos joined the US Air Force Reserve in 2008 as a critical care physician and flight surgeon. He deployed twice to Landstuhl Army Hospital in Germany as an intensivist during the Afghanistan war in 2009 and 2010, and as a critical care air transport (CCATT) physician in Okinawa in July 2018. His firm, Wealth Care LLC now serves approximately 100 physician families nationwide and another fifty non physician families with both financial planning and wealth management. He is a staunch advocate of independent medical practice, believing that the corporatization of medicine and Electronic Medical Records are both harmful to physicians. 

  2 comments for “Building the Ark

  1. Arthur Gindin
    January 19, 2020 at 11:20 am

    Better to reduce the rain than build an ark.

    • Julie Garrish
      January 21, 2020 at 10:30 am

      From your lips to God’s ears…might have to direct that one to Him. 😉

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