Saying So Long to My Mentor

Saying So Long to My MentorThere are people who make a lasting and indelible imprint on your life, and my Uncle Nim was one of those people for me. If it wasn’t for his influence and mentorship during my childhood, I don’t know what I would have done, or where I would be today.

This episode is a tribute to Uncle Nim as a way for me to process my grief, archive his impact on my life for my son, and let my friends and family know how much he truly meant to me. Rest in power, Uncle Nim.

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Key Quotes:

  • “As much as I resisted it, I was shaped by a powerful environment during my teenage years.”
  • “We know in tribal communities that elders are the wisdom keepers, and they are held in high regard. Uncle Nim was that tribal elder for me.”
  • “I spent countless hours around [Uncle Nim] in my youth. I took for granted that he was planting seeds during this time. Like a good corn crop, these seeds planted, cultivated, irrigated, and nurtured would later reveal a great harvest.”
  • “Work fast, get done quick. Time and effort expended are largely irrelevant—its results that matter at the end of the day.”
  • “Better to have it and not need it, then need it and not have it.”
  • “Leadership isn’t always pretty.”
  • “Details matter.”
  • “It’s ok to mix a little play in your work.”

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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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Perseverance and Opportunity with Dr. Justin Moody

Whenever there is a crisis—big or small—it gives us the opportunity to see what we are made of. If we persevere, we will come out of this stronger than before. Justin Moody, the Founder and Clinical Director of Implant Pathway, joins me today to share his thoughts on the importance of perseverance through hard times and how this will allow you to grow in your business.

Listen in as Justin explains why human interaction is the most essential thing we have, as well as why he enjoys teaching others to be authentic and honest in their work. You’ll hear his take on effective teaching, what really matters when it comes to how people perceive you, and what is of the utmost importance when providing a service for people.

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Key Quotes:

  • “Out of perseverance comes opportunity.”
  • “We all make messes. It’s really all about how we clean our mess up that leads to how people perceive you.”
  • “The most important thing that we have is human interaction.”
  • “Being a human and genuine—you can’t really teach that.”
  • “I can only help so many people with my own hands, but if I teach people and give them a skill set, I can literally help hundreds and thousands.”
  • “The best part about being taught is when you don’t know you’re being taught.”
  • “If something is really nice and it makes me more efficient, I will spend the money on it.”

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Welcoming In The New Normal with Dr. Stephanie Zeller

Welcoming In The New Normal with Dr. Stephanie Zeller - RD PodcastWith the world changing so drastically due to the pandemic, many are feeling worried about what the future holds. Dr. Stephanie Zeller from the Dental Outliers Podcast joins me again today to share her insights into how we can develop our nervous system to shift our perspective and welcome in the new normal.

Listen in as we discuss how the nervous system plays into our own personal roadblocks to success and how we can surrender to the flow of uncertainty that lies before us. Stephanie shares some exercises that can ease the mind and move it into a more playful state, as well as how to cultivate awareness of ourselves, our environment, and our upbringing. As we prepare for an industry and a practice that has changed, we have an open door to new forms of prosperity and the opportunity to accelerate change in the direction of our choosing.

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Key Quotes:

  • “Life doesn’t have to be this grueling thing. There are so many hacks that we can use with the brain, the body, and the mind that makes life really interesting and exciting.”
  • “When we can relax the nervous system, breakthroughs happen so much faster.”
  • “I can’t control what has already happened, but I can control the new normal that I start creating now.”
  • “Create little anchors in the day that create a new sense of normal.”
  • “Play is going to help regulate your nervous system.”
  • “At the end of the day, everybody makes their decisions based on their emotions.”
  • “You’re only limited by your thinking.”
  • “If you’re only trying to get things back to how they were, you’re missing out on so much magic.”

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Finding Opportunities in a New Economy with Tim Rauch

Finding Opportunities in a New Economy with Tim Rauch - RD PodcastsDentists have fought for autonomy and independence for so long, and due to the current pandemic, we are now seeing the upper limits of that fight. With most practices shut down completely except for emergencies, many dentists are seeing death to their identity as a result, but we have a great opportunity right now to hit the reset button. Today’s guest is going to take us through exactly what our world could look like once the shutdown is over, as well as the opportunities before us as we head into a new economy in our industry.

Tim Rauch has been on the show before, and he joins me again today to share great insight into how to leverage the opportunities of this unique situation, how to own the space in our practice and our community, and why the “less hours = less income” mindset is a fallacy. His advice will no doubt flip the script on chasing money at the expense of preserving memories and enjoying life, so you don’t want to miss it!

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Key Quotes:

  • “The opportunities are going to be for dentists who are good at connecting with other dentists.”
  • “The people who have a unique set of clinical skills will always be safer than the generalist.”
  • “There is a brighter future in giving people what they want and what they’re willing to pay for out of pocket.”
  • “A lot of dentists are seeing almost a death of their own identity at this point in time.”
  • “This is a reset opportunity to really acknowledge that some of the things that we do, like trading five days for two days of the weekend, may be a dumb pursuit.”
  • “You don’t want to completely trade today for a better tomorrow.”

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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.

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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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Leading Through A Crisis with Dr. David Phelps

Early on in the COVID crisis, I jumped on a call with Dr. David Phelps of the Dentist Freedom Blueprint Podcast and we discussed the challenges and opportunities we are seeing during this time. If you haven’t gotten the chance to hear this discussion over on his podcast, be sure to listen in. We will be sharing some paths and solutions that could help us overcome the challenges we’ll be dealing with for quite some time.

Listen in to hear great ideas on what you can do now in order to mentally, spiritually, and physically be ready for whatever comes your way. Working on your mind, body, and spirit are key to getting through difficult times, so I will share my double-down strategy that helps me refill myself and achieve higher performance. We also discuss prioritizing the most important things to work on during this crisis and how to make sure we’re ready and prepared to dive back into work when the time comes.

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Key Quotes:

  • “The better option is to look at our lives in different realms or spheres.”
  • “We fall into this fight, flight, or freeze mode. That’s normal, but if you could connect with someone who has emotional distance on the matter, then they can help you a lot.”
  • “From the outside looking in, it looks like really poor judgment in some cases but once you unpack the rationale, it makes so much sense. It’s just that they’re so bogged down, in the weeds and getting pushback from this person and that person.”
  • “It’s important to stay on path, not just go into the fetal position and say, “wake me up when it’s over.” Accept that this is a new reality and it may forever change the way we do business.”
  • “How can we be more so that we can serve at higher levels?”
  • “That scrappiness and rolling up your sleeves saying, “I’m going to make things happen and I’m going to come out of this better,” is the mindset I think a lot of dentists need to reframe with in order to make sure there’s true progress here.”
  • “Journal all the things that bring you power and bring you certainty and really fill you up.”
  • “We have this space, this time, and it’s an opportunity for clarity.”

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Taking Action Now with Michael Arias

In these uncertain times, it’s important to know how to get back into the community and build trust after people have been living in fear for months now. Michael Arias, a.k.a. The Dental Marketer, joins me on the show today to break down how to get moving, market, and build trust in a fearful world.

Listen in as Michael shares how to use techniques like ground marketing to build relationships and take action in your community so you can grow your business in a sustainable way. He has a lot of insight on how to become a trusted advisor/business that people know they can come to in a tumultuous time like this, and his advice will give you the fuel to get started working on and tweaking your marketing right now.

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Key Quotes:

  • “That’s the secret: Don’t stop moving forward, no matter what hand you’re dealt.”
  • “Hope doesn’t really pay the bills. It’s more about actionable steps.”
  • “Showing you care is the number one way to market.”
  • “We went from a rocking bull market to maybe one of the toughest economies we will ever see in our lifetime, so part of this is being scrappy, being resourceful.”
  • “You don’t have to spend any money or overthink. You just gotta go in there and execute.”
  • “You’d be surprised how many people are looking for you just as much as you’re looking for them.”

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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.

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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 a 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.

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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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