Can Dentists Do It Alone?

by Dr. Ron Arndt

We dentists think we’re so smart and so invincible. We believe we can do it all on our own, because, hey, we graduated dental school, didn’t we? Newsflash, doctors! We simply cannot do it all on our own, not while maintaining a profitable practice and a healthy work-life balance.

I’m asking you to think back to kindergarten…. Do you remember what it felt like? Do you remember getting stuck at the top of a slide or being unable to tie your shoelaces or forgetting how to get to the bathroom? What did you do? You asked a friend.

Somehow, in this new “grown-up world”, we have lost track of this important Kindergarten lesson for dentists: Ask a Friend.

When I survived my near-fatal heart attack at 41, I was forced to lean on others to help me maintain my dental practice and re-engineer my life. I had to ask a friend. I had no other choice! At that point in my life, instead of feeling defeated that I had to ask for help, I was reminded that even the Lone Ranger had Tonto.


Here are times when you need to Ask a Friend in your Dental Practice:

  • You need to know what your patients expect in terms of service – ask your team
  • You need to create systems for profitability in your dental practice – ask your accountant
  • You need to raise your kids with strong values – ask your spouse
  • You need to run your business with responsibility and accountability – ask your coach
  • You need to know what is really most important – ask yourself

To think that you can do it all on your own is a deadly mistake. Don’t make it!

Have you “Asked a Friend” lately?

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  1. Dr. Ron,

    I always enjoy reading your posts. As always, very interesting and pertinent information. We dentists have to realize that we don’t need to reinvent the wheel. Have a great day!