We took a small break during the holidays from our series of “Air Ambulance Jets: The Business of Medical Flights.” To refresh your memory, our first three articles can be found here and focused on: Aero Jet Medical’s President and CEO, Danielle Wilson’s, early career, the next article continued on Danielle Wilson’s journey to creating a thriving air ambulance business, and our most recent article took an in-depth look at our COO, Ronny Wilson. Now we will get back to our discussions of the air ambulance business. More specifically, let’s talk about tips for developing a business (any type of business) of your own.
Starting Your Own Business: Embrace Life’s Lessons
When considering owning your own business, there are challenges. A great resource are those who have built successful businesses. Danielle and Ronny Wilson are exactly those resources. When asked what advice he would give to a young man or woman graduating high school and entering college, Ronny Wilson, COO of Aero Jet Medical (AJM), had this to say.
“The number one thing I’d tell any high schooler, including the younger years and those about to enter college, is to get a job and embrace the life’s lessons associated with working for other owners….It is my opinion that life experience brings relevance to the learning process. As a medical professional with only a year of college under my belt, before I entered into pre-hospital emergency medical service (EMS) response systems, managing the potential life and death of others taught me to always remain the endless recipient of lessons learned. Young individuals these days need to learn to accept criticism and feedback in order to establish one’s ability to consistently improve. Youngsters need to not only seek out their mentors to guide them to a successful future, but also as they mature, then seek out those individuals they themselves will guide and impart their wisdoms to. This is the circle of life and learning that every college age kid needs to embrace.”
Starting Your Own Business Isn’t Easy
If your consideration is to start up your own business, Ronny says ,
“…always fight past any inclinations of giving in; develop a business plan you can be enthusiastic about executing; retain your integrity at all cost; and work tirelessly to promote and establish your position in the industry that you select.”
Even though being your own boss sounds good on paper, it certainly has its share of headaches. Ronny goes on to say that,
“…business ownership is a daily grind. If not physical, then certainly it’s a mental struggle. From making ends meet to paying a fair wage and salary to personnel, the life (and mind) of a business owner never really stops…If you are not prepared to spend 60 hours a week establishing yourself according to your driving passions, my advice is to keep securing your paycheck elsewhere. Owners are the last to get to sleep at night, the first to wake, and the last individuals in the business to see a paycheck. Hurdle all of that, and then go for it! Because the rewards of successful ownership speak for themselves.”
Air Ambulance Jet Service and Work/Life Balance
Danielle Wilson, who is Ronny’s wife and President/CEO of Aero Jet Medical, also weighs in on business ownership. In a recent article by Abbi Gabasa of Ms. Career Girl, Danielle comments on balancing work and family life. She states,
“…balancing work and family life is something that everyone struggles with. Being a serial entrepreneur, there is no such thing as 9 to 5. Having free time to spend with loved ones and taking care of myself has been a challenge that I have not been able to completely conquer. My family is the center of my life and my number one priority. I wake up early to get a jump start on emails and prioritize my daily schedule, and make sure the kids are off to school. I routinely end my work day by 6 to dedicate evening hours to my family and then usually work for another couple of hours once the kids are asleep. I have a fantastic husband that supports me and is not afraid of housework or being the family chauffeur. I couldn’t do it without him!”
So, as explained, there is much more involved in owning your own business than “book sense”. In the case of Aero Jet Medical, that, of course, is absolutely essential, but compassion for the patient and split second decision making ability is considered priority as well. Danielle and Ronny Wilson’s drive for excellence, while still maintaining a healthy work/life balance, is something to be admired. Ronny summed it up well when he said his favorite statement to his wife (who also happens to be the CEO) is, “Hello, I’m your Chief Operating Officer. I fixed problems that you never even knew existed.”
If you think owning your own company is for you, consider all that the job entails. Then move forward carefully and diligently if you truly believe that this is the work for you!
Our series will continue so please be sure to check back often. We will be looking into topics such as how Aero Jet Medical finds and retains such great employees. See you soon!