Would you love dentistry again if you…
• Never again practiced “alone”
• Competed on a level playing field with corporate or chain offices
• Knew what you needed to do to be successful
• Received regular training for not just yourself but your team
• Experienced an increase in income and autonomy
• Had access to proven marketing to attract new & retain existing pts
• Had a team supporting you, as interested in your success as you
• Knew you wanted to expand, but until now, didn’t have the help to pull it off
• Could write your own vision and have the support to achieve it instead of just dreaming about it
If you were able to achieve all this, you’d be in a solid position to live life and practice Dentistry on your terms, right?
A lot of docs I talk to tell me they “hate” dentistry and want out. Yet others, love dentistry and couldn’t dream of doing anything else.
What’s the difference?
One dentist has created a business that serves his needs.
The other has created a monster that’s taken control and now he finds himself subservient. (His reality is the polar opposite of the points above. He struggles daily.)
If you hate Dentistry, chances are, it will kill you. You’ll die hating it. You’ll die with drill whirring in hand, without any love lost — as they say.
If you love or develop a love for Dentistry, it will breathe new life into you every day because of what you can experience while working and while not working.
It’s no different for guys like me.
Years ago, I decided that if I wanted businesses that didn’t eat me alive and destroy my health, marriage, relationship with my kids or eviscerate my soul, I had to learn a few things.
Today, I spend no more than 20 to 30 minutes a week (and sometimes not at all) at my dental office. The rest of the time, I work from home or from a vacation home (wherever that might be). All by design. And, from making intentional shifts in my businesses to accommodate it.*
Making those changes took courage, planning and, what most wouldn’t consider: Support from a great team. And, to that team at Jerry Jones Direct and my dental office, Wellness Springs Dental ® of Salem, I thank them.
Now, I know you’re thinking, “Jerry, you’re not a dentist. How can this work for me?”
I have a number of Members and private clients who spend no more time at their own offices than I do. They no longer practice. Or if they do, it’s very limited. They’ve made similar changes in their practices and lives to accommodate their wishes.
They’ve exhibited courage, guts, intention and determination. And, like my situation, they built a strong team to support those transitions.
I’m not saying that “design” is for you. But a variation sure might be. For you, it might be 8 hours a week. 4 practicing and 4 working with your team to grow the business. It might be 30 hours of working on the business and inside that 30, 10 hours at the chair.
Only you know what would be ideal for you. Only you truly make it happen. (But you do need intention, desire, willingness to work hard and a strong support team around you that is aligned with your goals.)
Here’s my point…The dental business is a tool, not unlike any other business someone like me might own and operate. My businesses are tools that allow me to come and go as I please. They allow me the freedom to work 1 day a week or 7. Whatever suits me at the moment.
Your practice is a means to an end. It might be financial goals. It might be lifestyle goals. But, you’d better enjoy the journey. (Most are not.) Or, it will kill you.
*This may or may not be your outcome. Only you can control your schedule, your income, your destiny. WSD is here to help you achieve your goals, but we cannot be responsible for you achieving them nor falling short.