Being a founder, entrepreneur, or a business owner can have many exciting and thrilling moments. But it is also punctuated with periods of doubt, slump, and anxiety. So how does one successfully and healthily ride the highs and lows of Entrepreneurship? In this series, called “How To Successfully Ride The Emotional Highs & Lows Of Being An Entrepreneur“ we are talking to successful entrepreneurs who can share stories from their experience. I had the pleasure of interviewing D
Dr. Ivan Zak is a veterinarian and an entrepreneur committed to creating products that empower the healthcare team to live their passion. It was Ivan’s own personal journey from practicing veterinary medicine for 12 years and experiencing severe burnout that led him to explore the psychological triggers of burnout and search for business methodologies that can eliminate them. Today Ivan is leading VIS, an operating platform for veterinary organizations designed to prevent employee burnout while accelerating business performance.
Thank you so much for joining us in this interview series! Before we dive in, our readers would love to “get to know you” a bit better. Can you tell us a bit about your ‘backstory’ and how you got started?
What was the “Aha Moment” that led to the idea for your current company? Can you share that story with us?
In your opinion, were you a natural born entrepreneur or did you develop that aptitude later on? Can you explain what you mean?
DThat’s an interesting question! I think being an entrepreneur accelerates as you go. Once you solve a problem for the first time and see others relying on a solution you developed, you develop this addiction and want to keep solving problems for others. I think it begins with building a company, starting a movement, and leading people behind the idea so that you develop the entrepreneurial skill as you practice more and more.
Was there somebody in your life who inspired or helped you to start your journey with your business? Can you share a story with us?
DI don’t think that entrepreneurship is following in someone else’s footsteps. I do think that you seek out others who you can look up to and learn from once you become an entrepreneur, however. For me, it was Steve Jobs, who I learned so much from by studying his journey and his failures. I can relate to the fact that he was fired as the CEO, as I was actually fired from the lab in Russia when I was the CEO myself. His story inspired me to rethink my attitude, develop a new business strategy, and move forward into a new chapter.
What do you think makes your company stand out? Can you share a story?
You are a successful business leader. Which three character traits do you think were most instrumental to your success? Can you please share a story or example for each?
Often leaders are asked to share the best advice they received. But let’s reverse the question. Can you share a story about advice you’ve received that you now wish you never followed?
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them create a work culture in which employees thrive and do not “burn out” or get overwhelmed?
What would you advise other business leaders to do in order to build trust, credibility, and Authority in their industry?
DFirst, dedicate your personal education to the domain that you’re trying to become a thought leader in. Next, always do more than you’re being paid for if you want to establish real authority and credibility in the industry.
Can you help articulate why doing that is essential today?
What are the most common mistakes you have seen CEOs & founders make when they start a business? What can be done to avoid those errors?
Ok fantastic. Thank you for those excellent insights, Let’s now shift to the main focus of our interview about How to Successfully Ride The Emotional Highs & Lows Of Being An Entrepreneur. The journey of an entrepreneur is never easy, and is filled with challenges, failures, setbacks, as well as joys, thrills and celebrations. This might be intuitive, but I think it will be very useful to specifically articulate it. Can you describe to our readers why no matter how successful you are as an entrepreneur, you will always have fairly dramatic highs and lows? Particularly, can you help explain why this is different from someone with a “regular job”?
Do you feel comfortable sharing a story from your own experience about how you felt unusually high and excited as a result of your business? We would love to hear it.
Do you feel comfortable sharing a story from your own experience about how you felt unusually low, and vulnerable as a result of your business? We would love to hear it.
Based on your experience can you tell us what you did to bounce back?
Ok super. Here is the main question of our interview. What are your “Five Things You Need To Successfully Ride The Emotional Highs & Lows Of Being An Entrepreneur”? Please share a story or an example for each.
We are living during challenging times and resilience is critical during times like these. How would you define resilience? What do you believe are the characteristics or traits of resilient people?
Did you have any experiences growing up that have contributed to building your resiliency? Would you mind sharing a story?
In your opinion, do you tend to keep a positive attitude during difficult situations? What helps you to do so?
Can you help articulate why a leader’s positive attitude can have a positive impact both on their clients and their team? Please share a story or example if you can.
Ok. Super. We are nearly done. What is your favorite inspirational quote that motivates you to pursue greatness? Can you share a story about how it was relevant to you in your own life?
How can our readers further follow you online?
DConnect with me on Linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-ivan-zak/ and subscribe to Consolidate That!, our weekly podcast for veterinary leaders: https://vetintegrations.com/consolidate-that-podcast/
This was very inspiring. Thank you so much for the time you spent with
this. We wish you continued success and good health!