When I was a pharmacy technician in training, I listened to senior techs tell me what a good pharmacist should be like.

When I was a pharmacy student, I listened to jaded pharmacists tell me their definition of happiness.

When I was a new grad pharmacist, I followed my boss’s expectations for what success looked like.

After 3 years, I finally could start breathing because I accomplished so much at my pharmacy, and I had what others wanted.

Yet, I still felt a little empty inside.

It took me years to finally tune out everyone else’s voices, to see what my one true mission is.

And now, I focus on that ONE THING with all my heart.

The accolades, the promotion, the legacy – none of it really matters.

The rush and excitement of pursuing that elusive beast is an obsession.

The disappointment of failing and failing off track grounds me to reality.

And then the momentum of hitting that trough propels me upwards to try over and over again.

Pharmacy has been a rollercoaster journey of conquering myself while trying to help others level up and achieve their goals.

Fame and glory is different for everyone, and people rarely return to me saying, “I’ve achieved fame and glory because of you!”

And I know I’m not the even half the reason for all their successes.

What I do know is that every single person I’ve mentored sees more in themself every day, gets up quickly after failure or disappointment, and strives to make the world a better place, even in the face of adversity.

They are my soldiers who fight the good fight when I grow tired and weak from the long days at work, when I’m grabbing strands at the end of my tether.

They are the next generation of healthcare leaders who will serve when I happily meet my tomb.

Here is how I now derive peace and satisfaction from my work:

One seed nurtured and protected, fills a garden; the flower, fruit, or tree is beauty in and of itself.

But many seeds that grow freely, the way nature intended, without meddling, prodding, or poking, can synergize, cross-pollinate, and protect themselves.

Imagine the world where people and our Pharmacy profession can grow this way.

That is my one mission, and it only took me 5 years to figure it out.

Godspeed.

-Mr. Corporate Pharmacist