Dr. Dina Kulik is a mother, pediatrician and pediatric emergency medicine physician in Toronto. She is the Founder and CEO of Kidcrew, a multidisciplinary clinic for children, providing a one-stop for kids’ health. She is one of Canada’s leading child health media experts, providing child health information to parents and the public through television, radio and print media and via her blog DrDina.ca and at Kidcrew.com. Above all, Dina’s greatest joy is her family and being the mom of four active, happy boys.
What does winning the CanadianSME National Business Award mean to you and your organization?
Winning a CanadianSME Business Award is an honor and privilege. As a woman and mother, I strive to encourage other women to become entrepreneurs, even if they feel overwhelmed or think it impossible. I am passionate about showing other young entrepreneurs that the dogma that you cannot have it all, or cannot have it all at one time, is a myth. You can have a successful marriage, family life, great friendships, hobbies, AND a successful business. I am proud to demonstrate this and encourage others to launch businesses to feel the same joy and sense of achievement that I do.
What piece of advice would you give to entrepreneurs?
Spend some time every day on you, not your business
If you are entirely focused on your business and your family, you will feel stressed and tired and are more likely to burn out. What do you love to do? Do you like to run? Do pottery? Watch Netflix? Spend dedicated time on this joy every day. Yes, every day. Without my morning run or cycle, I am inefficient, moody, and a bitchy mom, employer and doctor. It may be an hour a day I lose to working on my business, but what I gain is worth much more than that time lost.
Recognize what you love, and what you don’t love.
Make what you love the priority. Farm out what you don’t love. You can hire people to do the tasks you don’t enjoy, or if you can’t hire help now, you can ask people who love you to help. Don’t be shy about asking your partner, friends or family to pitch in. If they know you have a dream to be a business owner, and you ask for help, they will be there for you. But you have to ask. Stop being a martyr. You are only hurting yourself.
As business-owners, there are always tasks that we prefer to delay (or not do at all). When you delay the inevitable it looms like a dark cloud and makes it that much more emotionally draining to complete. Instead, work on the tasks you don’t want to do, get them out of the way, to free yourself for the tasks you enjoy and look forward to.