5 years ago, I bombed a supplement quiz. I was feeling pretty good about the interview until that surprise skills quiz.
Something for depression? Well, I remember learning about St. John’s Wort.
Something for workouts? I remember something about lactic acid…
Every time I was stumped by a question, I would scribble some notes on the side in hopes of getting partial credit.
I still got the gig.
Suddenly, there were hundreds of products & thousands of ingredients to learn, and it was overwhelming AF. Then there were the dozens of patients every day asking questions about them all.
But I kept showing up, asking questions, reading, learning, being taught by colleagues & practitioners & company reps.
And eventually, it started to stick. 💥
It went from memorizing product names to learning what they actually do, to what ingredients are in them & why they work, to when & how to safely use them.
A few years later and I was the veteran with the managerial title. I was the person to ask when no one else knew the answer. I was the one driving the conversations with our reps & scheduling trainings.
I was the one recreating that damn quiz because finally, I knew the answers.
Now, I felt comfortable being asked questions on-the-spot because 98% of the time, I had an answer.
And yet, I learned something new every single day. I still said “I don’t know, but let me check” & had to ask for help sometimes.
❌ It wasn’t quick.
❌ It wasn’t easy.
❌ It wasn’t comfortable.
But it was simple: show up everyday, dedicated to learning something new.
Just start where you are.
Make mistakes, but double-check your work.
Get comfortable with saying “I don’t know.”
And be committed to just keep learning.