Kindergarten for Dentists – Make Reading Fun!

by Dr. Ron Arndt

As a lifelong learner, I often find myself reading business and personal development books. This has made a tremendous difference in my life. Each month, I gift my Full Contact Coaching© clients with a book that I know they will love; one that will improve their practice.

Kindergarten teachers are always trying to make reading fun for their students; I used to see my wife, a Kindergarten teacher for 36+ years, do this every day. So, what about business books?

Here are my 3 tips for reading business books and making them fun – believe it or not!:

1. Notice the key points or best ideas and jot them down in a notebook. Later, list how you plan to implement those ideas in your dental practice. By writing the steps down, you are subconsciously setting the intention that you will get it done. Set time to formulate those ideas into a typed up, formal plan. Turn this plan into your own personalized “toolbox” of business tips for your dental or healthcare practice.

2.      Ask for recommendations from other professionals that you respect. They will be flattered that you thought of them. Remember to surround yourself with those who are “smarter” than you are; it will inspire you to be better and you will learn from them.

3. Know that some books will change your life. And that’s a good thing! The feedback I received from my aptly titled book, Killing the Practice Before It Kills You: How Throwing Out My Business Model Saved My Life, has been an eye-opener in terms of how many lives I’ve changed.

Remember that the more you read, the more you learn and digest and improve.

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