Let Your Wounds Become Your Work – 027

Valentine Ewudo_Speech

In this episode, Valentine shares his speech at the 2018 LA Nurse Expo and discusses why he never wanted to depend on a single income, employer, job, or a boss to determine how he lives his life.

Everybody should be an entrepreneur of some sort, but that doesn’t mean that you have to start a business. Be involved in something that is bigger than you. From your pain comes your purpose, let your wounds be your work.

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Valentine Ewudo_Nurse

Key Topics

Val’s Background

  • Val went to Cal State and received a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
  • After graduating, he got his dream job working at a top hospital in the ICU.
  • 6 months in, he was fired from that job. He was called into a back office and told that he was a really good nurse, has great integrity, and is smart, but wasn’t a good fit for this unit.
  • This experience taught him that jobs are not safe, and he never wanted to be in that position again.
  • It’s risky to depend on a single income, a job, and a boss to determine how you live your life.

Taking Charge of Your Life

  • Val started looking into business – when you run your own business it can not be taken away from you.
  • You are responsible for your own success.
  • While working 50 hours a week nursing, Val still built his business with no excuses.
  • It took a year and half to grow the business to reach his first million.
  • Everyone has a purpose, inside and outside of nursing.
  • Val owned a gym for 3 years and felt like he was living someone else’s narrative.
  • He closed down the gym and took a huge risk by taking a pay cut.
  • He was so willing to make it work that he was driving for Uber and doing whatever it took.

Following Your Purpose

  • People that don’t have zest in their life, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
  • People’s lives just become a blur – they get up, work, go home, and do it all again over and over.
  • Val doesn’t want that. He wants to be the type of nurse that goes into a night shift because he wants to, not because he’s got to make money.
  • When you’re relying on one avenue for your income, it leads to burnout because you don’t have anything else.
  • Pursue your own purpose. You’ll be a better person because of it.



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