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Do You Recognize the 9 Signs of Practice Stagnation?

June 11, 2012

Filed under: Philosophy — Tags: , — Barry @ 10:05 PM

I am a different person than I was twenty years ago. Back then I hated dentisttry.  I think burnt out would be an appropriate term.  I was twenty pounds heavier, out of shape and spent most  nights at the Meadowlands Racetrack running away from my responsibilities.  I made money in my practice because back then everyone made money in dentistry, but I was pretty unhappy and  clinically depressed.

Then things changed.

Those who have read my book, The Art of the Examination know that the event that changed my life was getting Type II diabetes.  My life hasn’t been the same since.  I changed!  It wasn’t easy and it took incredible discipline.  Now twenty years later, I have a successful practice that I enjoy going to and work with staff and patients that I feel I make a difference in their lives.  I don’t gamble anymore.  I have lost all my excess weight.  My Body Mass Index is an incredible 23.  How I did it isn’t the point of this post…what is the point?

That most dentists get stuck in a rut and watch their practices and lives decline over time because of a natural immunity or resistance to change.  In today’s much tougher environment it is essential that we continue to reinvent ourselves in order to keep up with the current conditions. The following are 9 reasons why we resist change and some tips on how to break out of this.  This post will be continued as a 2 part series.

1. Lack of a financial safety net.  When I graduated from dental school I made up my mind that I would retire by thirty-five. Heh!  That was my first deception.  I incurred debt and and got behind the eight ball.  I got caught up in buying toys and neglected the softer side of practice, or trying to provide patients with meaningful work.  This left me unhappy.  I used to say that when I made more money (more…)