Dear Fellow FGB-ers,
I am already signed up for a FairyGodBoss “class” that will teach us how to find a new job in a new industry using transferrable skills. I’m excited about that because, recently, I’d gotten to thinking (and posting) that we all have strong skills that can be used to solve a need. A need that’s not currently on our “interest checklist,” but a need, nevertheless! In that post I asked FGB-ers to look around and observe if there is a need that companies cannot presently satisfy.
Well, here’ another approach that I’ve encouraged myself and others to use in the past. I think there may not be a better time than NOW to consider it. Amazingly enough, this one takes no real effort. Just observation. And one potent question: What annoys me? Seriously!
Here’s an example: I have a sister who lives alone (like me) and who has just been diagnosed with lung cancer. (Sob!) She will have to have procedures, starting with a biopsy, as part of her treatment. Here’s what really bugs me: hospitals, along with other medical facilities, mandate that the patient have “someone” to drive him or her to the appointment, pick him/her up afterwards, and in some cases—okay, a lot of cases—spend the night with the patient. Taxis are not allowed, Uber or Lyft, definitely not, and often the hospital staff must see “evidence” of a person accompanying the patient.
Trust me, I understand the need for that but, like other fields, these people do not recognize real-life situations, such as, the patient:
• is a widow/widower
• lives alone
• has no close friends
• has out-of-state relatives
• has grown children not living with them!
These are not uncommon situations! But doctors, nurses, admins, etc., seem to have zero understanding of them and insist on imposing more and more “safety” rules. So, I am going to use my “rainmaker” skills to change this! I am going to call every hospital in my area and speak with either social services or patient advocacy and suggest they start providing free rides to patients who need them. I will also petition insurance companies to pay for this transportation. Or, perhaps some enterprising individual can start a medical transport company that area hospitals can use for providing these rides via “companion.” This would be an excellent part-time opportunity for retired people who are compassionate and good drivers! I am willing to bet patients would be more than willing to pay for these services that would ensure they can take care of their medical needs.
When I think about all the people who are probably not maintaining their healthcare because they simply can’t get to their appointments, my blood boils. And it’s not just “seniors” who suffer from this phenomenon. It’s younger people, too. I mean, God forbid, someone be single!
Here’s an ad (a perfect example) I saw placed on a popular job board:
About the job:
“Companion care needed to take care of myself in TOWN, STATE. Schedule Details: Need cataract surgery in SDS at local hospital, mid-summer to early Fall. The next day, I have to return to the eye doctor for the bandage to come off. So, two days in a row I would need transportation. The hospital will not let me go by taxi. Just a very kind person, good driver and punctual to hospital SDS for first day, and 2nd day to have bandages removed. The other eye has to be done at a later date.”
So, obviously this is a very real problem. I can jump in to help. Do I have an “interest” in this kind of work? Not really. But there’s a need for my “rainmaking” abilities, ideas and people skills. So, I will apply these skills toward solving a very real problem and, maybe actually create a new job for myself.
What about you? Have you been annoyed by situations that you think are inconvenient, ridiculous or downright harmful to the greater good of your community? I’d love to hear some ideas from other FGB-ers about problems they’ve encountered and, at the very least, have thought, “This needs to CHANGE!”