Comfort Is Not The Answer with Shakila Angadi

As a dentist, spouse, parent, and coach, Shakila Angadi has juggled many roles. This is something that many of us go through, and today Shakila shares the shifts in thinking that led to a breakthrough for her, as well as the importance of putting yourself in the #1 position as a practice owner. Her wealth of knowledge is extremely valuable and brings special insight and inspiration to the table.

Putting ourselves on the proactive (rather than reactive) side of things positions us in a place of power when it comes to addressing things that come our way. Listen in as Shakila explains how she has done this in her personal life and in her career, as well as how this ultimately took her out of her comfort zone and brought her to the next level.

Key Quotes:

  • “I found myself in a place where the practice was doing better, but something was still missing and I couldn’t figure out what that was until I started looking outside of what—at that time—dentistry offered.”
  • “I thought, ‘If the answer isn’t in dentistry, then where is it?’ And I landed on emotional intelligence.”
  • We as practitioners get so good at diagnosing everything clinical, but to diagnose our own emotions, it takes a considerable amount of vulnerability, which is very uncomfortable for most of us.”
  • “There’s nothing like testing identity when you pretty much lose function of your dominant hand.”
  • “When you don’t think that the past affects you, that’s where you have problems in life.”
  • “Just because it’s comfortable doesn’t mean that it is right. Comfort is not the answer—it’s how do we get ourselves working optimally.”

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Having the Courage To Be Who You Want To Be with Ben Hardy, PhD

Having the Courage To Be Who You Want To Be with Ben Hardy, PhD As we slowly make our way through to a post-COVID economy, the timing could not be better to be thinking about reinventing ourselves as leaders and reinventing our practices. We often feel as though we are a byproduct of our training, not realizing that we have the capability to continuously shift ourselves. That’s why I’ve got Ben Hardy, PhD, author of Personality Isn’t Permanent, with me today to discuss the concept of reinvention and how we can become who we genuinely want to be.

Listen in as Ben explains the importance of being mindful so you can become adaptive, as well as what selective attention is and how it is relevant to you. You’ll learn the importance of journaling and setting goals as a way to move toward your future self. If you are ready to break free from your own self-limiting thoughts, this is the episode for you.

Key Quotes:

  • “In dentistry, what makes us excellent clinicians is exactly what holds us back as entrepreneurs.”
  • “The timing couldn’t be better as we think about reinventing ourselves as leaders and reinventing our practice.”
  • “If you are wanting to become something new and actually become a future version of yourself and get better, you’ve got to own that your current self isn’t the full thing, and you have to own being wrong along the way.”
  • “If your tool doesn’t work consistently, then it’s not a good tool.”
  • “Your future self is not the same person you are today.”
  • “We’re a byproduct of our training and don’t often realize that we can continue to reinvent and shift ourselves.”
  • “The number one regret that people have on their deathbed is that they didn’t have the courage to be who they wanted to be.”

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Living a Life of Purpose with Dr. Stephanie Zeller

Living a Life of Purpose with Dr. Stephanie Zeller - RD PodcastWith much of our industry currently shut down due to the pandemic, there’s no better time than now to reflect on what we really want in this life. Dr. Stephanie Zeller from the Dental Outliers Podcast joins me today to share her insights on how to live a truly fulfilled and thriving life, which is especially relevant now that the world has changed due to COVID-19.

As dentists, many of us are focused on achievements instead of what makes us feel fulfilled as humans. If this sounds like you, listen in to find out how to get rid of limiting beliefs that are holding you back, how to leverage your natural rhythms to open doors of opportunity, and some of the best things you can do for yourself now, as well as in the future. Dr. Zeller’s message is what we’ve always needed to hear, but especially now that we have a golden opportunity before us to discover who we are and what we really want.

Key Quotes:

  • “To give and serve I think is the quickest antidote to a lot of the fear.”
  • “Selfish in the spirit of service always wins.”
  • “There’s all these hidden resistances that go on all day; they’re true viruses of the brain.”
  • “Your purpose is what you decide you want it to be.”
  • “The pillars are clarity, energy, courage, productivity, and influence.”
  • “The long-term play is figuring out your own psychology and limiting beliefs.”
  • “When I finally started just trusting my inner voice and my inner sense of authority, that was maybe one of the most liberating moments for me.”
  • “The bigger the leap, usually the bigger the payoff.”
  • “The most powerful person in the room is the person that has nothing to hide.”

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Finding Peace and Mindfulness in Times of Uncertainty with Dr. Dawn Kulongowski

If you’re feeling a little stir crazy and uncertain about what the future holds for our industry, you are not alone. Dr. Dawn Kulongowski joins me on the show today to share her expertise in meditation, mindfulness, and managing stress in the best way. We talk about applications from her journey and my own that will hopefully help you in moments of stress and uncertainty.

From week one of shutting down her practice, Dawn walks us through her process of managing her business and mind, as well as how things changed over time. Listen in to learn how to get ahead, advice for dealing with constant change, and the importance of finding value and fulfillment in your life outside of your practice and inside of yourself.

Key Quotes:

  • “We think we have the hands of God, and then we’re told they aren’t needed.”
  • “A little dose of reality can be a good thing to help us get our life in balance and put our life in perspective.”
  • “It’s that fear of the future thing. The biggest issue I’m seeing in everyone is that everyone is afraid.”
  • “We have two choices right now: We can trust that life does have a way of working out, or we can live in fear and have ulcers and heart attacks.”
  • “Happiness and fulfillment are internal things, and we were never taught that.”
  • “We’re never going to calm the world; we have to learn to be calm despite whatever is going on in the world.”

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Finding the Balance Between Selfishness and Selflessness with Nate Rivera

Finding the Balance Between Selfishness & Selflessness with Nate Rivera

After eight years of accounting, Nate Rivera decided he needed to find something that really drove him and allowed him to interact with people the way he wanted to. Now, years later, Nate is on his way to his doctorate in dentistry. He joins the show today to discuss his transition into dentistry and why the idea of being father pushed him to take the initial steps.

Listen in as Nate shares his advice on staying positive throughout the hardships of going through dental school, especially during uncertain times such as these. You will learn the high-performance habits that he has established in his life, including his morning routine. If you have been considering transitioning into dentistry as a second career, this is the episode for you.

Key Quotes:

  • “For me, the biggest thing was setting up a really solid, non-negotiable morning routine.”
  • “I knew going into dentistry that sitting down, finding that clarity, establishing a vision for myself was something that was really important for me as far as success goes.”
  • “Good is the enemy of great.”
  • “What was most important to me was basically building a family, being there for my family all the time, and having them number one.”
  • “If you think that you are just going to wake up and let it happen, succeed, and do really well—it can be tough, especially if you have a family.”
  • “Setting myself up for success meant making money.”

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Staying Sane and Excelling Under Pressure with Dr. Cristian Pavel

Staying Sane and Excelling Under Pressure with Dr. Cristian Pavel

Most of our practices have been thrown into more than a little bit of a curveball as we limit our access to patients, try to protect our teams, and more to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you’re wondering what’s next and how to stay sane in this lockdown mode, Dr. Cristian Pavel carries some important insight and information that will help you greatly during this difficult time and encourage you to move forward.

Listen in as I share my own breakthrough and Cristian opens up about his journey in dentistry, as well as how he is using yoga to relax, get in touch, encourage acceptance, and increase his mental strength. Many of us burn out or resort to things that damage us or others in challenging times, but we talk about how you can break free from the normal and become more comfortable with where you are and where you’re going.

Key Quotes:

  • “The language we use in our minds dictates everything.”
  • “Pressure is the greatest blessing.”
  • “Adversity helps us reveal our character, and right now is the greatest opportunity for that.”
  • “We’ve always been trained and reinforced in survival mode.”
  • “Go into things with curiosity—not just with the intention to ‘slay’ it.”
  • “There’s only one failure in my book, and that’s not trying.”

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