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.

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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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Is Relentless Dentist an Oxymoron?

Is Relentless Dentist an Oxymoron? - RD PodcastsBeing on the road a lot, I get the chance to hear a lot of stories and gain a ton of great insight from fellow dentists and practice owners. Today, I’ll be catching up the last few months and sharing what I’ve learned and some important conversations I’ve been having.

Listen in to hear how the title of the podcast is an intentional oxymoron as I reflect on why that name was chosen and how it still rings true. I will also discuss the importance of sharing our challenges in order to help ourselves and others, as well as my own struggles I’ve faced. You’ll get the full story of where I broke, the challenges I dealt with as it all became too much, and how I pulled through in the end.

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Key Quotes:

  • “It all got to the point where I could barely get out of bed in the morning – this is when you really need to connect to a why.”
  • “I thought dentists lacked courage, they lacked tenacity and grit. And I knew if we could just establish more commitment, more clarity, more courage, dentists could start connecting their head to their heart again.”
  • “I didn’t label myself the relentless dentist. It was the name of my podcast because I wanted to instill more courage.”
  • “I would make promises to Bennet that I didn’t know how I would get through this, but I would find a way.”
  • “The recipe between who you are now and who you want to be is always courage.”
  • “If you’re not exhibiting courage, you’ll start to become a slave to your practice.”

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Life and Dentistry: The Power of Community and Connection

Life and Dentistry: The Power of Community and Connection - RD PodcastToday I’ve got four friends on the line to talk about life, dentistry and the Life and Dentistry Conference coming up on March 23rd. Lewis, Scotty, Cole and John are all part of the Life and Dentistry team, and they’re here to share their vision and passion for bringing great dental minds together in a fun and inspiring way.

In this episode, you’ll get a taste of what to expect from the Life and Dentistry Conference, as well as our thoughts on how the last few years have made an impact and helped us grow. It’s important to nurture yourself and keep growing on a personal level as you grow your dental practice, and that’s what this conference is all about. You’ll get inspiration from real people who have gone through real struggles and gain insight to help you in your life and career.

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Key Quotes:

  • “We just want to add value to others. We just want other people to grow in a lot of aspects of life. That’s why we call ourselves Life and Dentistry.”
  • “It’s the lack of connection that kept me under for so long.”
  • “Every person’s path should be unique, but you can borrow ideas, steal clues, get leveled up by tapping the minds of people who’ve been through it.”
  • “It’s important to show some drive and stick to it.”
  • “The one danger zone I see dentists fall in is comfort.”
  • “They have the capability, but they don’t have the courage, and so that can be a really strong boundary that keeps people stuck for decades.”
  • “The most successful people in dentistry and life fail a lot.”
  • “If you don’t have something to work towards, if you’re not striving to get bigger and better, you’re getting worse.”
  • “Success definitely leaves clues, but true success is a byproduct of alignment.”
  • “You gotta step out of your comfort zone and you gotta know where you want to be, even if it means sacrificing being comfortable right now.”

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Practice Growth and the Cave You Most Fear

Practice Growth and the Cave You Most Fear - RD Podcast

This episode is all about understanding your fears and finding effective ways to lead and grow your practice. The pain of fear can be so crippling but it doesn’t have to hold you back if you don’t let it. We’ll go over the common fears people have when it comes to their practice and challenge you to not let that fear get in your way by choosing courage over comfort.

First you’ll learn about the different hats that dentists, especially leaders, should be wearing and how to develop your leadership skills to bring out the best in your team. The next step is finding where fear is holding you back so you’ll learn about some common ways that fear keeps you from growing and how to push past those issues.

Key Quotes:

  • “There are several hats that dentists have to wear and I think the leader themselves should wear a few different hats.”
  • “The common theme I see in the purpose of all people is that they should be growing and expanding and they should be serving.”
  • “The way that we’re going to grow now is to grow the people. Grow their confidence and grow their capabilities.”
  • “If you’re not intentional about growth, increasing the skillsets of people that are there and increasing your own skillsets, it’s an easy way to have your practice inadvertently plateau.”
  • “In a practice you actually have to encourage people to make mistakes.”
  • “Capability comes after courage. After some reps you’re developing some confidence.”
  • “You can’t be the leader who criticizes them for making mistakes because they will stop making the effort.”
  • “Courage isn’t the absence of fear, it’s doing something that you fear. The fears never really go away.”

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Coty Shores on Courage and Continuous Improvement

Coty Shores on Courage and Continuous Improvement - RD Podcast

It’s easy to see the highlight reel of peoples’ careers and think that things should be easier. Coty Shores shares how important it is to embrace the “dark side” of your career and use it to motivate you and push you forward. He also gives us some great inspiration when it comes to learning from people you admire and endeavoring to constantly improve yourself and your skills.

Coty touches on the role of courage and how he beat the odds and proved people wrong to get where he is today. He emphasizes the importance of continuous learning and how he has had massive success with blood spinning and its incredible, life changing procedures. Coty also shares some insight on successful team management, delivering value and finding the grit to get through what’s hard.

Key Quotes:

  • “I’ve always heard – “Oh it will cost you their year salary to train a staff member..” – Well, they cost you about three times that much by keeping that terrible staff member around.”
  • “They confuse courage with, like you said, having no fear.. and that’s a problem. You’re always going to be scared, you just gotta push through and have the grit to do it.”
  • “You can’t outrun your team.”
  • “That’s what you gotta do with life – you have to take the negative and learn from it.”
  • “Your failures are where you learn everything that’s gonna move you forward.”
  • “It’s really about being better for your patients.”
  • “Always remember that with all the success that you see, there was late nights and a lot of missed events and all kinds of stuff.”
  • “Once you get in the middle of it, don’t quit. Have that grit. Have that piss-off determination to get it done.”

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