Ingredients for Success

 As the Greek philoso-pher Heraclitus said, “Everything flows and nothing stays … You can’t step twice into the same river.” And so it is for each of us as we enter a new year and face changes in our lives and jobs. Personally, I can’t think of a better way to have begun my new job as editor of 24×7 than to have attended the North Carolina Biomedical Association symposium at the Pinehurst Resort and Country Club in the Village of Pinehurst, NC, in December. The word “gracious” comes to mind when I think of the hospitality I experienced at this charming resort that opened more than 100 years ago and appears to have glided easily into modern times. I often wish my transitions could be as smooth, especially when it comes to staying on top of the latest technology.

Fortunately for all of us, the symposium showcased some of the latest medical technologies available. According to organizers, attendance and vendor participation were up from last year.

The well-organized event truly had something for everyone with classes ranging from general biomedical to specialized ones on such topics as nuclear medicine and CT principles. Other classes focused on the interpersonal aspect, to help biomeds secure a job or advance their careers, and covered interviewing, customer service, and management skills.

The numerous seminars and classes I attended gave me a broad view of the issues important to you, our readers. One resounding topic at the conference was the continued integration of the biomed and information technology worlds and the importance of embracing this inevitable change. The networking classes were well attended and, acknowledging your interest in the subject, 24×7 will continue to keep you updated on this trend.

I also had the pleasure of speaking with many of you, which further expanded my understanding of the importance of your work and the challenges you face. I came away from these conversations with a sense of the passion, commitment, and enthusiasm you bring to your vocation, which are ingredients for success in any business. I was also impressed by your eagerness to share your knowledge and information. These attributes serve a person well as they face new and ever-changing technologies, procedures, and policies.

While at some level adjusting to new ideas and circumstances is difficult for most of us, change often provides an opportunity to expand our world and envision new approaches to old ways and problems. Sometimes what we are most resistant to turns out to benefit us in ways previously unimagined.

As we each step into the flow of a new year, I wish for smooth transitions and may our flexibility and willingness to see our work in a new light lead each of us to greater fulfillment and success.