Are You A Dentist Obsessed with Having It All?

by Dr. Ron Arndt

“I have to protect my bottom line, so I have to work longer and harder” is the #1 reason I hear for dentists not taking time out to have more work/life balance. There are easy-to-follow, yet transformative methods, for “having it all” in my book, Killing the Practice Before It Kills You: How Throwing Out My Business Model Saved My Life.

Before I “killed my practice” I was constantly dreading something. I was dealing with so much at the office, and that takes its toll on your mental and physical health. I was worried about the staff, the equipment, the patients, the schedule book. I was worried about my daughters’ college funds, my wife’s next birthday extravaganza and what retirement would look like.

After I killed my practice, my functionality and effectiveness in my professional life actually improved. My family life improved. I was still able to pay the bills, while enjoying practicing dentistry so much more. A lot of dentists fail to implement proper work/life balance strategies. If you do not want to end up regretfully looking back (as they say, no one’s tombstone said ‘I should have spent more time at work’, you should kill the practice before the practice kills you.

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