Sharon Murphy

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What is the best business decision you ever made? The best business decision I have ever made was to accept the challenge of putting the clinic together. It has been an amazing journey and empowered me to face any obstacle head-on.

What is the best life decision you ever made? To go to nursing school. My father was a school principal and my mother was a nurse. I had been accepted at a teachers college in Ohio. My mother’s alma mater held an open house and I went to see what they had to offer. My teaching career ended before it began!

What is the most important change you’d make in (or about) Southwest Florida? We moved here in 1978. I have already seen so many changes in SWFL, most for the better. I do miss drive-in theaters though!

What advice would you give to a 12-year-old girl today? I would tell her to remain true to herself and give herself a break. Be her own champion and she will be able to stand up for others who need one.

… to a male or female high school student? My advice to a male high school student…respect goes farther than swagger. To a female, you deserve respect, surround yourself with friends that make you feel good about yourself, not less than. To both genders: Enjoy these years. They quickly become your “good old days.”

Other than family members, who influenced you the most in your youth? My fourth grade teacher, Miss Forrester. She instilled a joy of reading and learning.

What is your favorite leisure activity and why? My granddaughter and I work on Lego projects. I get to spend time with her and de-stress at the same time. We just finished a VW camper, complete with table and water glasses!

In this divisive time in our nation’s history, what steps can we take to meet on common ground? It comes down to a matter of respect. Our life experiences shape our opinions and views of the world, each different. Celebrate what we have in common and be open to discussion. Speak softly and leave the big stick at home!