Beyond a step in the career ladder, nearly every successful transcriptionist or transcription entrepreneur has the same set of traits. Traits like innovative vision, passionate perseverance, a strong work ethic and others that get thrown around every time you attend management pep talks. Those that reach the top does possess these but certainly have many more qualities that set them apart from the rest and be the best. Being a transcriptionist, you’re in the business of offering transcription services to people. To be one of the best, here is what we believe are some traits that could define those who are truly the best.
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Unchanged by Wealth.
One of the most influential creations of this world is money. It can change people if they don’t possess the maturity to prevent money ruining relationships. Many people get carried away when they stumble across large sums of money. Most end up spending it recklessly on sports cars or exotic holidays and soon find it all gone faster than it arrived. Most career or business successful people are not caught off-guard with large quantities of wealth. They are down to earth and make sure not to be defined by their bank balance, same should be for later successful transcription service providers. Carlos Slim Helú, a business person in his own field, currently one of the world’s richest man and the CEO of Telmex has been staying in his modest six bedroom apartment for the last 30 years without bothering to spend any of his net worth, that hovers around $69 billion, on luxury frills like yachts, jets or even a driver. Tim Cook, CEO of Apple Inc said in a book titled Inside Apple, “I like to be reminded of where I came from, and putting myself in modest surroundings helps me do that. Money is not a motivator for me”.
They Make Luck Work.
For every 100 people who wish success, there is probably only one or two who’ll truly succeed. It could be the same with transcription. It can be confusing why despite ticking all the right boxes, it does not entail you to success. Not everybody is brought up and exposed to the same environment. Often, this is a crucial factor as the events in one’s life often shape one’s thinking. Bill Gates had the opportunity to work on a computer when he was a child. In those times, computers were terribly expensive and unheard of. Most universities at his time didn’t have a computer! Good for you for having the chance to have a background in general and/or medical transcription. Successful transcription entrepreneurs have a knack of making luck to work by being able to be at right place at the right time. They know when it’s needed to put in the blood, sweat and tears by doing their bit of homework to be able to realize the right time and the right place so they can take advantage of it.
Jack of all Trades, Master of None.
When a company is newly born, the resources are limited. It may not always be feasible to hire the best talent in the market without having a steady revenue generation. Aspiring transcription entrepreneurs often find themselves playing a variety of diverse roles, as per the needs of the hour and situation. They don’t limit themselves to merely being the transcriptionist, editor, proofreader, manager, but also may often play roles such as marketer, copy-writer, designer, financer, sales person, developer, etc. Hence, transcription entrepreneurs tend to be reasonably good at playing these roles, yet there will always be professionals with in-depth knowledge on each field. When the company is in its infancy, it is often critical to be a jack of all trades rather than a master of one. Once Jack successfully grows the business, he can hire all the masters he needs!
they are the BEST because they care. A lot.
Archana Patirajan, founder of a technology startup in Bangalore, India called all her staff for a meeting one morning and broke the news that they had run out of funds and hence she would be letting them go. Surprisingly, all her employees decided to stand by her, work harder for half their pay and a few years later, her company Hubbl was sold for $14 million. All her employees shared that they were always treated like family and Archana shared a personal relationship with all of them. The world of business is often perceived as selfish and at times, brutal. News usually revolve around how CEO’s are cutting costs, laying people off, etc. But for any business to grow, such as within the transcription niche, the transcription entrepreneur need to care about their product and team more than profits. The atmosphere in most startups, especially at the beginning, is always inclined to be more like a family. For example, each employee at Apple Inc is welcomed with an inspiring letter from Steve Jobs himself. When employees are well taken care of, they are often ready to make sacrifices to pull through the tough times and deliver.
daring to be different makes them the best.
The best ones are harbingers of change. Powerful solution providers often affect society deeply by breaking old barriers, challenging the status quo, transforming the way we think and making the impossible seem a reality. Their vision is beyond what most see and they work tirelessly to make it a reality. Think of it, the world worked well without a smartphone, yet after the launch of the iPhone, it became indispensable. The reason they are able to do this is because they think different and dare to be different. So should you as an aspiring transcription entrepreneur, whether you’ve got background as a general or medical transcriptionist. Most of us tend to just accept life as it is and never aim at changing it. We tend to give in to society’s expectations without questioning it. There is nothing wrong with that, but that attitude isn’t going to make you the next Steve Jobs. To quote the great man: “When you grow up you tend to get told the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into the walls too much. That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact, and that is – everything around you that you call life, was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use.”
Let us know what you think, are you aware of other traits that sets the best from the rest ?!