Minni Malhotra, MD, and successful entrepreneur, has been a part of the FPC family for over four years. Prior to joining, she was working in a group practice whose focus was on the conventional medicine model. Although the financial aspect was not an issue for her, Minni explained that her days were abnormally long, and her patient load was overwhelming. “I was seeing a minimum of 25 patients a day, some days I saw up to 42,” Minni said. “My day would start at 8 a.m. and I would finish at 9 p.m.”
After realizing that her passion of preventing chronic disease was not in line with the path she was on, Minni began her exploration into Functional Medicine. She got her first taste of the profession at an A4M conference and was hooked. Shortly after, she began working on her fellowship and certification and eventually crossed paths with Farah Sultan, MD and FPC coach, who was able to provide insight into starting a business.
“I knew how to be a doctor, but I had no idea how to start a business,” Minni said. “The biggest thing that struck me when I went to my Discovery Day was a system. A system that had worked for Farah and a number of others.”
Having a coach to provide advice and guidance in becoming an entrepreneur was invaluable. “You don’t have a ‘win’ every day and you need someone to tell you that’s ok,” she said. “I thought about quitting many times and I had never done public speaking. Now, I’ve done tons of speaking engagements including a Ted Talk.”
Articulating her quality of connection was an essential aspect from the start. “Having the support and the basic foundation of connecting with people is important. In traditional medicine, you don’t connect,” she said. Minni believes that connection with her team is also crucial. Her team has traveled with her to every Quarterly to attain clarity on her mission and vision. “FPC’s mission is my mission and it gives me purpose in life,” she said. “One life changed can influence 100 others and that is empowering.”
Minni illustrated the domino effect of living a healthy life and how her family experienced change when she pursued her own transformation. “It’s in how I interact with my siblings, my mom and my in-laws,” she said. “When you change, you can also change 100 people around you. The values that we instill in our patients are transferred to multiple people.”
Having an understanding of success and how it directly relates to one’s personal development was paramount. “To get success, first you have to be that successful person,” she says. “You have to do the things the successful person does, and then you can have the success.” Obtaining this was not easy and challenges presented themselves throughout her journey, the biggest of which was internal. “Changing my beliefs, my habits and my values about success helped me grow,” she said. “Yes, hard work is involved, but you have to do something beyond that too.”
Incorporating a morning routine that involves meditation, journaling and visualization was instrumental for Minni’s personal growth and inspired by Hal Elrod‘s, “Miracle Morning.” After her personal rituals, she dives into the visualization details for the growth of her business. “I write down my to-do’s,” she said. “If I don’t write it, I can’t follow it.” More recently, a profound lesson was learned as a result of the crisis that emerged in our nation. “You have to be flexible, change with the needs, and you can’t live in fear,” she said. “Fear gives you the option to make bad decisions.”
Minni advises other practitioners to stay true to themselves in their endeavors. “You can adopt someone else’s habits and values, but you still have to look at how you want to change the world, and what you are willing to put into doing that,” she says. Success takes courage, and she credits the support system provided by FPC for assisting her in her accomplishments.
“I transformed from someone who could not get rid of the index card into someone who can speak without a script,” she said. Her coaches encouraged her and helped her summon her inner strength. “I could always talk to somebody if something wasn’t going right,” she said. “I knew I had the support and I could not have done it without FPC.”
So, are you ready for a success story of your own?
If you are, I have good news! We can get you results like this. It won’t be easy, nor will it happen overnight, but I’ve seen it happen so many times that I can tell you that it’s possible.
You’ve got to be hungry, driven, up for the work, listen more than you talk, complete more than complain, implement plans more than you announce them, and show up daily with a beginner’s mind.
If you’re ready, it’s time to get to work!