110 - Colin Power Be Curious, Don't Be A Dick


Colin Power is based in Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia. After more than 30-years in the podiatry profession, he is still very curious, and he believes curiosity is far more important than passion.

He has had an amazing career both in and out of podiatry, and all this experience has given him a unique approach to how he now treats his patients. In addition to this, he needed to have open-heart surgery at 40-years of age, and this also gave him a new perspective on what is really important. 

Colin is a Queensland University of Technology graduate, and I had the great pleasure of getting to know Colin while I was a student back in 1985/86. 

"Podiatry gives you a life; podiatry doesn’t have to be your life". 

On this episode we discuss:

  • Difference between curiosity and passion
  • What it's like to burnout 
  • How to destroy a podiatry business
  • Why COVID will test a lot of current business models
  • It's not impossible to the good at both MSK and wound care.
  • Having an open heart operation at 40-years of age and how that affects your life.
  • Going into a tailspin of self-sabotage
  • The difference between a business owner and a freelancer
  • How podiatry can financially allow you to do other things outside of podiatry. 
  • Implementing Thai Chi into his podiatry business 

"If you don’t design your podiatry career, someone else will do it for you".

  • Possibility versus opportunity, there's a big difference. 
  • Taking a customisable approach to treating your patients. There's no one way to treat a patient.
  • Making podiatry fit your lifestyle
  • Being prepared for when shit happens because it's going to happen down the track
  • Knowing when to pivot and stop fighting 
  • Why you should make your adversary your best mentor, always ask yourself:
    • Why are they thinking a certain way?
    • How did they come to that conclusion?

Final Tip

Create value for your patients in every conversation, don't complain about your problems; that's being a dick. 

"If your wife left you and your dog died, write a country song, don't dump your problems on your patients". 

If you're not passionate about podiatry, it does not mean you’re a failure, as long as you stay curious. If you're feeling imposter syndrome you have two choices, you can choose to fix it, or you can decide to run with it and let it drive you to become better. 

If you have any questions after listening to this episode, please send me an email at email/tf)(tysonfranklin.com 

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