People often ask me how I made the transition to Physical Therapy after a successful career on Wall Street. After all, they say, “Isn’t bond trading different than treating patients?” Not really. It is all about problem solving. You have had persistent knee pain and want it gone, yesterday. That is a problem that needs solving. Chances are it’s not your knee, especially if your symptom is a chronic one.
My clients on Wall St were the institutional kind, think central banks, hedge funds etc. They wanted to figure out how to strategize to maximize return or minimize loss.
After all, isn’t that what you want, to be able to squat in the gym without knee pain, for example? Maximum potential, minimum loss?
I was asked to give a speech this past November at our inaugural Women In PT Summit here in NYC on how I used my experience on Wall Street to grow my PT career and practice. Excerpts are below. It’s short, I promise!!
I really took charge of my mindset when I started on the trading floor and how I viewed myself in a very male dominated profession. The second thing I did was identify my strengths. One of them is that I am a Learner and I love problem-solving ! The third is that I became a educator both for myself, my clients and patients.