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The vast majority of physicians are specialists like cardiologists, neurologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, etc. For the last 10 years their brain has been trained to think in silos. But being an entrepreneur and the leader of a company, you need to be a systems thinker. If you think in silos, your business is over. Companies have a ton of working parts. So if you’re a specialist, you’re probably going to think “If all you have is a hammer, the whole world looks like a nail.” So you’re going to probably try and create a business that impacts your specialty. It would be rare for a neurosurgeon to create a health company that affects the general population. So that means, out of the roughly 600,000 practicing physicians, the 150,000 generalists will be the pool that creates health companies that impact the general population.
Physicians are also notoriously inexperienced business people. I remember in medical school, we’d get a special lecture a year on the business of medicine or the legal side of medicine or personal finances. In fact, the last business class I ever took was in 10th grade. I’ve had to teach myself the fundamentals of business. Essentially, I received my MBA from books I’ve read and experience in my previous two companies.
Also, physicians aren’t so much team players. They’re paid for their own personal opinions, the buck stops with them individually, and they are legally responsible for their own actions. Giving up decision-making control to someone else isn’t in their DNA. But being an entrepreneur requires being a team player, giving up control, and managing people. It’s a skill we have to learn.
So health companies that affect the general population will very likely come from the 150,000 generalists.
Now what fraction of 150,000 generalists will actually then deny the comfortable straight and narrow, have the creativity for a realistic innovative idea, have the skills to then raise money, build and manage the team, have the skills to build the product or service that people absolutely love, and execute a financially sustainable business over time?
That 600,000 is quickly whittled down to, I’d wager, way under 100. And the fact that realistic health innovation is so damn few and far between supports this theory.
Of course, there are so many assumptions in this theory, but I’d still generally stand by them.
“ If I’m very decisive and I surround myself with people who just want me to make decisions, then we’ll go off the cliff at 130 miles an hour, because at some point I’ll be wrong. What I need are people who want to come to their own conclusions and are willing to think independently, and can argue with me in the right way so that I will internalize it and keep it objective as opposed to emotional. ”