It makes complete sense that becoming a dentist appears and may sound very attractive to many young high school or college students today. The traditional work model for a dentist and even a dental hygienist seems like a good fit for men and especially women. For a woman they are possibly thinking about raising a family. For many, being able to custom-design a business that fits the lifestyle we want is the ultimate dream!
The downside is that Dentists are also business owners. When I met with the dental students at USC in Los Angeles, they have no clue, no knowledge about becoming a business owner and being an entrepreneur. Being an entrepreneur requires one KEY quality: the willingness to take risks. And this is where I see many promising dental professionals and new dental practice owners struggle.
You see, when I mentor a client, they always start out saying “I am finally ready to step up and build a very profitable dental practice.” Then, we get to that place where they may be required to “take a risk”. Often what happens is—while in the beginning having the support of a coach/consultant sounds exciting, all seems wonderful—but then it tends to get uncomfortable and I find that clients begin to crawl into their black hole. They begin to say things like: “I’m not ready for x yet.” Or “x is too …!” “Why don’t we start with w or z first?” Or, “v sounds great, but let’s save it for six months from now.”
This is not unusual, because honestly we are not programmed to just “go for it”. When we are born, we first crawl, then we walk. In school, we go to grade one, grade two, middle school, high school and so forth. In college, we become freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors- –THEN you are accepted into dental school. Not many dental schools today offer business skills. Then REALITY SINKS in soon after graduation! In the real world, you may start out as an associate dentist and then you move up in the world a few years later to buy your own practice
The problem is, this “grade school” way of thinking stays with us for life. And when you also add in the fact that essentially at the DNA level most of us are wired for safety, you can see why this becomes a big hurdle.
If you are ready to step up into a bigger purpose and make a big change in your life, this type of ladder-type thinking will defeat you. It feels safer, but in the end, it will get you nowhere. At the most, you may make a step in the right direction, but most often you’ll end up back where you started.
Big gains in your personal income and your practice profits will come from leaping—not ladder climbing. This will take some adjustment to your thinking– your mindset.
To help my clients start thinking in “leaps”, I recommend they read a few great books such as The E-Myth by Michael Gerber or Good to Great by Jim Collins, just to name a few. Then there are the biographies of big-thinking entrepreneurs like, Oprah Winfrey, Donald Trump and Bill Gates, etc.
In most of these books you will find that when these people came across big opportunities, they were in line with their mission, and never did they shy away. They jumped in all the way—even when the resources they needed to do so weren’t apparent yet. They took risks!
Did you get that last part? They said YES even when they weren’t sure how they would do it, where they would get the money, or who could support and guide them to do it all. Very quickly they found—sure enough as you will too—that when a big opportunity presents itself and you step up and say “yes”, and when you truly believe in your heart that this goal is yours, suddenly the universe seems to rearrange itself to help you. Have you ever thought “The force is with me?!” Now is your time to create the change that takes you where you deserve to be! Feel safe in taking the action that will create the CHANGE! This change creates a positive power down the pefect path for your success in life.
And here’s the good news… You typically don’t have to go looking for these opportunities. These are usually right in front of you, or one will soon drop in your lap. Once you declare you are ready, your awareness is heightened, a shift occurs, something presents itself, and you will suddenly see the path to all that you, your business and your life, can truly be!
I hear countless times from my clients, as I will use an example here; that they were not sure where they would get the money to pay for a years’ contract of my services. Surprisingly enough, once they signed the contract, suddenly, the resources they needed to pay for the consulting services — surfaced. Funny how that happens!
So, are you really ready to be an entrepreneur? Is your pulse racing? Did you feel a shift here? If your heart is right now is shouting, “Yes!” here are some examples for you to take action and create the change for success:
- Do you know how to increase your income in 2012?
- Do you want to create a few new income streams to increase your own paycheck? How many profit centers do you have in your dental practice today? ANSWER: Many!
- Are you aware of an expert coach, consultant, mentor whom you could hire, or whose training or coaching program you could join?
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- Is there an influential person whom you know if you connected with could change your trajectory of success? Again look here
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