Pushing Towards Greatness

Constantly going further in your life and career

By David Kent, LMT, NCTMB

What is “greatness” anyway? For some, achieving great success means making a lot of money; for others, greatness springs from internal peace and contentment. I know what I consider success in my life and practice. While I appreciate that I can earn a living doing what I love and that my success as a massage therapist, lecturer, and product and seminar innovator has made me financially secure, I also define my success by the lives that I touch—figuratively and literally.

I love connecting to the patients I see in the treatment room. I enjoy collaborating with doctors, chiropractors and other healthcare professionals to develop treatment plans for my patients. I like referring back to my anatomy and massage books when I have a challenging case. In short, I feel that my “great” success—if that’s what you want to call it—stems primarily from touching my patient’s lives for the better. But great success certainly doesn’t end there. A mother who got into the massage therapy profession so she could spend more time with her kids is what I would consider a prime example of great success. Ultimately, greatness and success are subjective depending on one’s dreams and aspirations.

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David Kent – Massage Today: Pushing Towards Greatness (12/07)