Chrissa McFarlane is the Founder and CEO of Patientory, a company that provides health management services about regulation and security of patient data. She has an array of professional experience in the healthcare industry, specializing in technology transformation, delivering cost-efficient services and products for corporate 500 enterprises and startups. McFarlane was named as one of the top women “leaving their mark on the Medtech field” by Becker’s Hospital Review and has published multiple international healthcare research articles and authored the book Future Women: Minority Female Entrepreneurship and the Fourth Industrial Revolution in the Era of Blockchain and Cryptocurrency.

Where did you grow up and what was your childhood like? Did you have any particular experiences/stories that shaped your adult life?

I grew up in New York City. I am grateful that I did because I experienced so many cultures. Experiencing different environments and groups of people helped me become well-rounded and optimistic for the future.

What is something you wish you would’ve realized earlier in your life?

It is okay to fail, and I should have treated failure as a lesson and opportunity.

What are bad recommendations you hear in your profession or area of expertise?

I am always hearing about competitors and market saturation. This tends to make you compare your product to that of others.

Tell me about one of the darker periods you’ve experienced in life. How you came out of it and what you learned from it?

Not getting into the medical school of my choice made me think about how I could make an impact, what I wanted to do with my career, and how to hone my skill sets/thrive.

What is one thing that you do that you feel has been the biggest contributor to your success so far?

Building the confidence to start my own company – has translated into success in other aspects of my life and career and has opened up opportunities.

What is your morning routine?

I wake up at 6 am and meditate, feed my dog, and of course do personal hygiene. I also exercise before starting work.

What habit or behavior that you have pursued for a few years has most improved your life?

Meditation.

What are your strategies for being productive and using your time most efficiently?

Using a calendar and organizing that calendar on a daily basis.

What book(s) have influenced your life the most? Why?

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, The Lean Startup by Eric Ries (they have influenced my career and have helped me take the next step into entrepreneurship), and To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee (it made me see the possible transformation that could take place if we all continue to push toward equality)

Do you have any quotes you live by or think of often?

“Let your faith be bigger than your fears”