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Eyecare Professionals Offer Sage Advice … to Their Younger Selves

Hindsight is 20/20 so what would you text to the YOU of yesterday if given the opportunity?




Eyecare Professionals Offer Sage Advice … to Their Younger Selves

OUR EXPERIENCES – both the good ones and the bad – help shape the individuals we are today.

Of course, dwelling too long on any past experience – either good or bad – is of limited value.  The present waits for no one as it cascades endlessly into the future.

And yet…

What if we could go back in time and share just one bit of advice with a younger version of ourselves? What would you impart to the you of, say, a decade ago who may or may not have come down with a case of “Gangnam Style” fever? What sage counsel would you offer to the you of 2002 when the world still (kinda) liked Nickelback?

We recently asked our Brain Squad to chime in on the subject. We posed this scenario: “You get the chance to send a text back in time to yourself on opening day/first day of your eyecare business/career. What does it say?”

Here’s what they shared:


Words of Encouragement

“You’re going to do GREAT things.”

Justin Tenczar, Berkshire Eye Center, Pittsfield, MA

Business Advice

“Learn everything you can while your brain is young!”

Kim Hilgers, Akre & Clark Eyecare, New Ulm, MN

On a Personal Note: No. 1

“Congrats! I sure hope you’re a people person!”

Vicki Thompson, Arsulowicz Eye Care, Walker, MI


Financial Advice

Keep the Faith

Grab Your Hardhat

“Buckle up, Buttercup.”

Cindy Henderson, Eyear Optical, Inc., Hixson, TN

  • “Hold on tight. It’s going to be a bumpy ride.” – Texas L. Smith, OD, Dr. Texas L. Smith & Associates, Citrus Heights, CA
  • “Buckle up, Sugar! It’s gonna be a wild ride!” – Amie Robinson, Spring Hill Eyecare, Spring Hill, TN

Optical Humor

On a Personal Note: No. 2

“Avoid the boss’s son, lol.”

Angel Miller, Cynthiana Vision Center, Cynthiana, KY

A Little Bit of Everything

  • “Don’t take it personal! Always do the right thing. Protect your staff (and have) their back. Cherish your customers. They pay you. And throw stuff away! No hoarding.” – Chris Clark, LDO, Oskalooa Vision Center, Oskaloosa, IA
  • “Try different areas of eyecare and stick with the one you love the most. Enjoy every compliment and learn from any criticism. Don’t stay with an employer that doesn’t appreciate you.” – Judy Scheuerell, Fox Valley Family Eye Care, Little Chute, WI
  • “Don’t try to be everything to everyone. Take care of people. Be kind. Hire slow and fire fast.” – Kristina Jordan, OD, The Eye Site, Mishawaka, IN
  • “You’re gonna love this so much. It will be what you do the rest of your working career. But be sure and get in the exam room and learn more of the medical side.” – Becky Garoutte, Thomas Eye Care, Owasso, OK
  • “Be patient and kind. This business is not for those who don’t like to repeat themselves, yet every day will be different. Enjoy it!” – Caitlin Neal, San Juan Eye Center, Montrose, CO

Keep your eyes out for September’s survey. It’s right around the corner and packed with compelling questions.

We’ve seen a surge in new Brain Squad members this summer. And we’re already hearing from a handful of new voices. So a special shout out to all the newbies who’ve joined the fray and to all those who are on the cusp of doing so!


And, as always, thank you to all the responders. We couldn’t do this without you!

What’s the Brain Squad?

If you’re the owner or top manager of a U.S. eyecare business serving the public, you’re invited to join the INVISION Brain Squad. By taking one five-minute quiz a month, you can get a free T-shirt, be featured prominently in our magazine, and make your voice heard on key issues affecting eyecare professionals. Good deal, right? Sign up here.



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