Karon Gibson is a registered nurse who created the first independent nursing practice office in the U.S. as a corporation, expanding nursing service to first aid on movie sets, home care and occupational health. She is the creator of “Outspoken with Karon,” a series of TV shows aiming to educate and entertain the public on traditional, alternative and optional health care. In addition she invented SassySecret Garters, the themed garter that may be worn under or over clothing to carry your ID, cash and key while cruising, dancing, dining, running, shopping, etc. She also is the co-author of “Nurses On Our Own,” the story of two Chicago nurses who faced challenges and obstacles and overcame them to create a successful business.
What are you working on right now?
Distributing “Outspoken with Karon” TV shows to the national market to increase viewers. I also am writing a new book, “Balloons and Band Aids.” I am creating a social circle for people with positive attitudes.
3 Trends that excite you?
1. Alternative health care increasing
2. Technology allowing distribution of information through the world on blogs, streaming information and Internet radio
3. Ability to expand new ideas through innovative TV shows
How do you bring ideas to life?
I bring ideas to life by writing them down and then acting on the idea by contacting experts in the field, utilizing public relations to contact newspapers and televsion to bring them to the attention of others.
What is one mistake you’ve made that our readers can learn from?
Expecting that other people promising to help will come true. Investing in anything I cannot control. I learned to count on myself and some responsible others. I invest in things I can have some control over.
What is one book and one tool that helps you bring ideas to life?
The book is “Nurses On Our Own,” that will give people an education in overcoming obstacles and utilizing perseverance.
The tool I like best is Ustream.tv that allows our television shows to be seen globally.
What is one idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?
Pursue television interviews and writing columns in your local publications to increase your visibility to the public. They need new content.
What has created your motivation to create a business, a book and a televsion show?
I have always wanted to make a difference in the lives of others and the rewards that come from it. My philanthropy is teaching others what I learn from experts and professionals and their innovations. I would like to see my book, “Nurses On Our Own,” as a movie to encourage people, nurses or not, men or women, to survive obstacles and see how even a disatrous situation can turn out for the best.
What motivated you to write a book, “Nurses On Our Own,” with both your personal and professional life exposed?
I think it is important to see the opportunities and the obstacles that can occur in one’s life and how to find ways around them. I enjoy people, and find I get to meet them because they feel they know me from television and my story.
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Mario Schulzke is the Founder of ideamensch, which he started a decade ago to learn from entrepreneurs and give them a platform for their ideas.