My first book chronicled my career in dentistry. I made many mistakes in every area of dentistry. I fell down – hard. I wish I had a book like this to help guide me through those difficult times. Dentists must become autodidactates. They must learn to educate themselves. Our dental school experience is not enough. Seminars leave us wanting for more in terms of applying our lessons. We work alone with very little guidance. Some of us are lucky enough to work with skilled mentors who are not only excellent technicians but also know how to transfer learning through great teaching. These are rare exceptions.
This is truly about growth and self-development. If you choose to do fillings and cleanings for your entire career, so be it. Providing meaning for patients and staff will require you to stretch outside of that world. Dentistry is a very complex field, that requires both technical and behavioral skills. Sometimes we feel very alone. You will see later that I have a vision to help dentists succeed through developing the Academy of Dental Leadership. The Academy will provide services that will help dentists and staff bring all of the skills together, to help them create successful lives by providing meaningful dentistry for their patients.
I promise that if you read the lessons in this book and apply them in a slow, methodical manner, you will reach your desired outcome. This book is about transformation (more…)