Get It Together

by Dr. Ron Arndt

When you think about being a dentist – do you think of it as a job, a passion or a way to make a living? A combination? When I had my heart attack at 41, I took a long and hard look at what it was I loved, and loathed, about being a dentist and running my own practice.

How did I get back to being a dentist who thought of my day-to-day life as a passion?

  1. Get rid of bad staff: They drag good employees down; they have poor attitudes and they only see their work as a twice-monthly pay check. It may seem like such a daunting and unpleasant task, but it’s worth it.
  2. Find staff that are obsessed with your success: These staff members will keep their co-workers optimistic; they will keep an eye on the practice’s revenue and other business practices and they will care about your practice as if it were their own. Check out my blog post on open book management to learn more:
  3. Decide what your practice will be: What is your ideal practice? Do you want it to be a small, solo office – or do you want to bring in partners and specialists? Look at your Core Values and your vision, and be sure that they are in line with the practice that you want – an office that you love driving to every day.
  4. See value in what you do: Take a good look at what you do for your patients and their health. Find the satisfaction in it.

“Love what you do, and you’ll never work a day in your life….”

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