Get Off The X with Jason Redman

How can you break through the different barriers that keep you from reaching your greatest potential? Whether they are physical or mental, former Navy Seal Jason Redman has the insight on how to go out and achieve that breakthrough you’ve been waiting for. Jason is not only highly decorated for his achievements while in the service, but he is also a non-profit founder, an author, and an expert in overcoming adversity.

Listen in as Jason shares the struggles and roadblocks he faced relating to failure, fear, overwhelm, hopelessness, and severe injury. You will learn what the ‘X’ is, why people often get stuck there, and how to get through life’s ambushes that keep you from moving off of that X. Jason’s story offers tactical keys that are extremely valuable to dentists or anyone looking to get through the hard stuff and level up in life.

Key Quotes:

  • “It doesn’t matter what situation you’re in, there’s always something you can do.”
  • “Any time you’re in a hopeless situation, don’t dwell on the negativity.”
  • “The lesson that saved my life in that ambush in Iraq was: you have to get off that X as soon as possible. And I realized in the hospital bed, I had to do the same thing.”
  • “The greatest gift that you have as a human is that you have a choice.”
  • “The longer you lay there and feel sorry for yourself, the harder it is to get up again.”
  • “If you choose positivity in the face of negativity, it has an amazing impact. It may not be the outcome you think it’s going to be, and you never know the impact it’s going to have.”
  • “The time to execute is now. It may not be perfect, but that’s okay.”
  • “No matter what, get off that original X, start moving forward, and take that action.”

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Post-Dental Prohibition

Post-Dental Prohibition - Relentless Dentist PodcastAs we continue through this pandemic, it is hard to find stable information that is not backed by an agenda. Unfortunately, this has truly exposed the leadership vacuum we have. So in this episode, I want to make sure we are headed in the right direction long term—and that we are not just reacting to the onslaught of demand that came through after it was legalized to go back to work.

Listen in as I share what I believe the future may hold for dentistry, as well as the actions we need to take to ensure our team, patients, and practices remain sound regardless of the restrictions that are imposed. Now is the time to develop systems that boost your reputation and promote trust in the community because if fear is the real pandemic, then trust is the only antidote.

Key Quotes:

  • “The thing with governments is once they use a strategy, they’re more than likely to use that strategy again.”
  • “The more I try to understand about the pandemic and virology, the more confused I get.”
  • “My encouragement to dentists is to help fill that leadership vacuum.”
  • “Stay focused on innovation.”
  • “If fear is the real epidemic, or pandemic now, the antidote will be trust.”
  • “We have to hope for the best and prepare for the worst.”

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Out Of The Comfort Zone with Dr. Russell Kirk

Out Of The Comfort Zone with Dr. Russell Kirk - Relentless Dentist PodcastDr. Russell Kirk is an old friend I met through podcasting, and someone I admire because of his views on leadership and how he carries out his life in such an impactful way. Dentistry needs more courageous leaders who are able to handle uncomfortable truths and face difficult things, and today we will talk about what it means to be a courageous leader and lessons learned from our mistakes.

Listen in as we discuss where leadership goes wrong, as well as how to be better leaders and practice owners through embracing and learning from the uncomfortable moments. You’ll hear wisdom learned on the Jiu-Jitsu mats that is applicable to our practices, why it’s important to leave behind that risk-aversion we picked up in training, and more.

Key Quotes:

  • “If I have presented a problem, I want to know about it and take care of it, rather than hear about it later.”
  • “You’ve got to get out of the comfortable. You’ve got to get into places where you’re fearful or feeling awkward, and that’s where growth happens.”
  • “We become risk-averse because of our training and that kind of cripples our growth.”
  • “What opportunity does that moment provide for you to grow?”
  • “What podcasting has done for me personally is providing an opportunity for me to practice by myself but not alone.”

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Impactful Practice Culture with Dr. Paul Etchison

When I talk to dentists, a lot of the conversation is about how to get everyone rowing in the same direction. In this episode, my good friend Dr. Paul Etchison joins me to share his insight and years of expertise on leadership and implementing systems that create a unified and purposeful practice.

Listen in as Dr. Etchison talks about why wanting to be the best is not enough and why it’s important to focus on a bigger, more meaningful picture. He shares how he maintains order and good communication as the business grows, what he does to attract the best team members, and how that, in turn, creates an office culture that allows the practice to succeed.

Key Quotes:

  • “We’ve grown a lot faster, and when we started taking it exponentially higher was when I dropped down to three days of clinical.”
  • “Over eight years—not a single person has left.”
  • “We want to win. Everyone is working together, and everyone just kind of has that mentality that ‘let’s get better at this.’ I think the results speak for themselves.”
  • “We’re not just being the best in town; we’re changing how the public thinks about dentistry so that we can help more people.”
  • “I’m leading by example by taking good care of patients.”
  • “We have to look at the macro implications of what we do all day. That’s what is inspirational to the team: knowing that even the little stuff makes a big difference. You have to communicate that as the leader.”
  • “We talk about what we need to improve so much that we forget about what we’re doing well.”
  • “Learn from people that are doing it well. Always be learning.”

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Direction Is Greater Than Speed

Direction Is Greater Than Speed - Relentless Dentist PodcastWhat do you want? Too often, people cannot answer that question, but the answer is what should be driving everything you do. After taking a summer hiatus to spend time with my family, work on my businesses, and get clear on what I really want to share on this podcast, I’m back with an episode about the importance of moving forward with persistence and clarity.

Listen in as I discuss what the “turtle strategy” is and what makes for a purposeful life. You’ll learn the habits and thoughts that quickly get you off track and how to re-direct yourself to get your time and focus back. From getting the proper direction and finding clarity to using purposeful planning and reflection, you will discover the next steps to take in order to stay headed in the right direction.

Key Quotes:

  • “Part of that forward motion requires a lot of direction.”
  • “If we’re going further faster in the wrong direction, doesn’t that make it harder for us to get to where we actually belong?”
  • “A practice is limited by its leader, and a leader is limited by their identity.”
  • “We become the story that we tell ourselves, so we have to systematically reprogram that subconscious that was driving it all.”
  • “If we think we suck as a manager or a clinician and don’t rewire that inclination, we will continue to suck.”
  • “All businesses take on the personality of its leader, and if your personality, your ability, your capacities expand, so will your practice.”

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Powerful Lessons Learned from the Dying

Powerful Lessons Learned from the Dying - Relentless Dentist PodcastThis episode features the incredibly insightful Tom Grass as he recounts the story of how he found dentistry and the path that led him to this career. This is one of the most powerful conversations I have ever had on the show, as Tom delves deep into the importance of being present and how to avoid always looking to the future or your next achievement.

We discuss what Tom calls the UFO method and how to use this when approaching unpleasant discussions or delivering difficult news. You’ll learn how to create satisfaction out of inherently unsatisfying experiences. Listen in as we share personal stories about making connections with the people in our lives and touch on the responsibility you have to yourself to do the same.

Key Quotes:

  • “The minute you turn your patients into problems, tasks, or room numbers, you’ve failed.”
  • “Dentistry checks all my boxes; you get to take care of people for a long time, you get to know people, and you get to be hands-on.”
  • “Hospice is really good at showing you all the pieces and parts that surround someone’s life.”
  • “You don’t know what people are living with, what people regret.”
  • “Tell people what you need from them and give people what they want from you.”
  • “When you are caring for people, you are giving away your emotional energy to them.”

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