More and more dental practices embrace new trends that have somewhat become an obvious thing. But, there will always be the clear distinction between the two types of dentistry, not in regards to the profession but how they practice their trade. One group will always thrive, and the other starves.
Years ago, having a dental license and starting a business to practice dentistry would have seemed like a pointless way of making money. How things have changed in recent years. The scene is very promising especially since the playing field is leveled a bit, but still presents dentists the possibility to be exposed to various challenges that other entrepreneurs deal with when starting and growing their businesses.
Today’s dentists are not oblivious to this and have come up with ways of leveraging it to thrive in dentistry. Those who have resisted it only struggle to keep their practice afloat. Ultimately, dentists can only choose one of the two paths. And since we start businesses to succeed, below are ten common characteristics of a thriving dentist.
1. They Have Purpose, Conviction & Clarity of Vision
Most of the thriving dentists have a set plan of what they wish to achieve, when and how. They know where they want to go and how to get there. It is rare to find them waffle when sharing their beliefs about their profession. They have grand visions of the future and deep convictions for their field which drives their purpose and makes them great leaders in dentistry.
2. They Hunger To Learn
Dentistry is a field of health, and this is one that is never limited to what exists in writing. Dentists should always be ready to learn new things related to their profession, and those thriving in dentistry have an intense appetite for learning. Education is continuous and should not be seen as an expense but an investment. Thriving dentists also encourage their staff to take courses and learn more about their profession. No dentist has it all figured out; be wary of anyone that suggests such a thing. Experience may come with years of working in dentistry and is an avenue of learning but hitting the books, taking some classes and mingling with other students is a fantastic way of learning with techniques and trends.
3. They Learn Best By Doing
It is said that ‘actions speak louder than words’ and at times that is even how some people learn, not by hearing but by doing. They put into practice what they have seen and heard.
A big gap exists between knowledge and application, that is what Ken Blanchard believes. Most of the starving dentists see the gap but are pessimistic about what can be done or is achievable. On the other hand, the thriving dentists see the gap through optimistic eyes that see numerous possibilities and achievements. They do not paint in shortcuts to get them to their goal, but face things head on, getting their hands dirty and willing to accept their successes and failures.
4. They Have “Tangible” Mentors or Coaches
Thriving dentists have a network of relevant relationships with great mentors, instructors, and coaches who nurtured them to become the success story they are today. These are ‘tangible’ professionals that the dentists have had intimated learning experiences with and share critical feedback as they meet and talk now and then about the various new challenges the dentistry industry faces and viable solutions worth implementing.
5. They Surround Themselves with the Right People
Running their practice is more of a team effort, and thus the thriving dentists always strive to surround themselves with the right kind of people. Mark Collins published a book about why companies fail or succeed in which he stated that businesses should hire people as assets because the right people are the greatest asset to any organization. Their journey to where they are today has been an evolutionary process where the dentists have interacted and others and helped to nurture talents in various members. They exude the right personality and professionalism that fuels significant growth in others.