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Cautious Consumer


If  beauty  is in the  eye of the beholder, then the person who is observing gets to decide what is beautiful. Life would be so much different if we truly understood the weight of this saying. You read that quote and think of something at face value, but the meaning is deeper than this. Think back in your past, can you think of a time where you allowed yourself to decide on something at face value and ended up regretting it? I think we all can agree we are guilty of this at one point or another. As human beings, we can be faulty and shallow. I think it’s in our best interest to learn to internalize things and to look deeper than

the surface. This is an important component of what it means to be a cautious consumer. As a cautious consumer, everything we encounter we must look through a lens of thoughtfulness and be very meticulous.


This is something you can apply beyond taking your N.P.T.E. and that you can use throughout life. We all go through points in life where it is difficult to differentiate the good from the bad. We have our blinders on and this distorts our view. The evidence of this lies in the unhealthy relationships we cling to out of comfort, and the good advice we give to others but don’t take for ourselves. You know what I’m talking about. My hands aren’t clean either, as I’ve fallen into this trap multiple times before. I’ve learned to overcome this by building my endurance. My stamina with critical thinking has become stronger over time. Now it is your time to shine. I need you to become more of a victor of your circumstances instead of being a victim of them. This means learning to think for yourself and exercise your decision-making muscles in your brain.


I know it has been difficult in your preparation for the N.P.T.E. It is difficult to determine the information that matters versus the information that you believe holds no value. Sometimes you stare at your notes and study material wondering if you’re learning something. You question the authenticity of your study plan, and you relish in the advice given from your peers. Everyone has their own unique learning style and study habits. One of the biggest downfalls that we can face is allowing ourselves to focus on someone else’s path. We are so quick to wish that we had what someone else does, and quick to compare ourselves to that individual. You never know what someone had to go through, and you could never truly understand the path that they had to travel. Success is within your reach. If you can get through three years of studying in physical therapy school, you can get through a couple months or weeks of studying for your N.P.T.E. 


As a cautious consumer, it’s time to start giving yourself more credit than you do. You must realize that becoming a doctor of physical therapy starts with believing in your ability. There will be many methods of studying you hear from your peers, but it is up to you to decipher the things that matter. This translates beyond just studying for the N.P.T.E. and this will follow you into your career. Realize that all advice is not good advice and everything you hear should not be taken at face value. The day is approaching where you will be faced with the task of bringing a patient back to full health. Your colleagues may tell you an approach you should take for a specific patient. Are you going to take it? Or will you hear the advice, internalize it, and then make your own educated decision? My hope is that you choose the latter. In a world full of so many people, there is only one YOU. Learn to filter out the junk and hold on to the things that matter. Be a cautious consumer and allow yourself to be more in tune with your instincts than with the opinions and advice of others. This does not mean you can’t take the advice of others. It just means that you must learn what is useful from what is not. Even when you receive beneficial advice, it is important that you do your own research. If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, then the person who is observing gets to decide what is beautiful. Choose wisely.



Karl Bourne, Lead Blog Writer