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You, The ECP

This section is likely to be our favorite each year going forward. This is where we get to find out more about you. Who you are, what you care about, how happy you are with your life ... and just how weird you are.

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10. On a scale of 1 to 10, rate your satisfaction with your professional life and life as a whole

NOTE: Of the many different professionals providing vision care, who are the happiest? It’s owners of eyewear boutiques (no OD)! 59 percent rated their professional lives 9 or higher out of 10, while 61 percent rated their personal lives 9 or higher.

11. How old are you?

12. How many hours do you typically work a week?

Less than 30
5%
30-39
24%
40-45
43%
46-50
15%
51-55
5%
56-60
4%
61-70
2%
More than 70
2%
NOTE: Surprisingly, there was no correlation between working more hours and a higher revenue or owner salary.

13. How many generations has your family been in the optical business?

1 generation (that’s me!)
83%
2 generations
15%
3 generations
2%
4 generations
0%
5 generations or more
0%

14. How close are you to realizing your ambitions for your business?

Not even close.
4%
Moving in the right direction, but there’s still a long way to go.
35%
About halfway there.
21%
I’ve done it. Lay out the laurels, I’m ready to rest.
10%
There is no finish line.
31%

15. Do you mostly think of yourself in the …

Vision care business
81%
Retail business
12%
Fashion business
7%

16. On a scale of 1-10, how weird are you?

17. What is your gender?

18. Entrepreneur’s psychology test: On a scale of 1-5, rate yourself for … (1 being you don’t have a lot of it, 5 means you do.)

NOTE: In every single category except one, ECPs who reported having their best year ever in business in either 2018 or 2017, scored themselves higher than their peers. That one exception? IQ.

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