If you are similar to most professionals, once you finished your last exam, last board, you didn’t want to see another book or technical material for a long time. Yet, you knew that once you began practicing, you were/are required to participate in regular continuing education.
“People should think things out fresh and not just accept conventional terms and the conventional way of doing things.” – Buckminster Fuller
You’re fine with material that interests you, Golf Digest, People Magazine, Time Magazine, Better Homes & Gardens, Men’s Health, and on and on. Maybe you now enjoy trade journals like Dentistry Today, or any of the many others available. There are also publications online and in print for personal growth like Success or Entrepreneur Magazine, and others. There are many options for Continuing Education.
“Education is not something to prepare you for life; it is a continuous part of life.” – Henry Ford
My question to you today is, what are you doing to educate yourself for the rest of your life? Last week I spent four days with one of my Mentors. We toured Greenfield Village and the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, just a few minutes from the Detroit Airport.
I learned from touring Thomas Edison that sometimes it takes many attempts to succeed. He made over 10,000 experiments to successfully invent the incandescent light bulb. Have you struggled to figure out social media? Have you really tried, or half-heartedly stabbed at it, and reaped little rewards?
“The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.” – Thomas Edison
I sat in the actual bus where Rosa Parks took a seat for something she believed in, and I felt her fear. It’s the same fear I feel, as I bring my work to Dental, Law, and Medical Schools through my Foundation. What is calling you to show up in a bigger way, maybe building a “green clinic” yet there is nothing really wrong with where you are currently practicing dentistry. Or maybe, you want to develop a different practice model, and it scares you, because you’ve never seen one, like what you are imagining. Or maybe, you believe that you can practice in a way that allows you to take three weeks to do strictly missionary dentistry, along with a family vacation, and your patients are understanding during your absences as another dentist covers for you. It takes bold radical courage, to be different.
“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.” – Rosa Parks
Who we spend our time with, determines our destination, success, revenue, and how we think. What are you doing, to expand you? How you think, what direction you are going, and your belief in yourself is determined by those we spend/invest our time with. My education and yours, did not end, when we graduated or completed our studies. They never are truly completed. Dentistry is a science, that is ever changing in this ever changing world we live in. If you would like to figure out, what might your practice, or life outside of your practice might look like, if you took a chance on yourself, and what stirs you and matters to you, reach out to me here at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let’s continue this conversation about your continuing education.