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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Foo Fighters and Your Most Productive Appointments

One of the biggest things to work on in life is making sure to not take your work issues home and not take your home issues to work. This week I’ll share about how I made a shift in my life and mindset where I don’t put work first and I’m not afraid to take days off. This doesn’t mean work isn’t important, it’s all about making sure to fit in the most important things and be intentional about your scheduling.

By fine-tuning your priorities and sticking to your non-negotiables, you will be able to fit in the most important things in your life and practice. I’ll share a list of the most important things to make sure you fit into your schedule and make a priority – everything else should come after these. From taking care of yourself and developing your skills to spending time with family and truly feeding into your team, it’s so crucial to make sure you are being intentional and scheduling in what matters the most so that the little things don’t steal your days.

Key Quotes:

  • “The practice shouldn’t run you. There are times it demands more of you but you should be able to harvest cash flow and time.”
  • “If you don’t rise as a leader, the practice will suffer. It’s all about how you show up. If you’re dragging your feet and having a case of the Mondays, you can guarantee your team will too.”
  • “There’s always some undone thing that I kinda want to work on but I need that time [lunch time] to make sure that my afternoon is productive.”
  • “To take days or half-days to really work on your business is something you really need to do on a continual basis.”
  • “Make sure you’re developing the legacy you want.”
  •  “It’s almost a badge of honor to talk about how busy you are but everyone has the same amount of time and it’s about priorities.”

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Hey Jude and Your Epic Life

One of the most common questions received on this show is how to organize and engineer a high-performance life. In this episode Dr. Dave will be giving you an inside look at his 4×4 epic life matrix that he uses to design and keep his life on track. He explains not only how to use it but also gives examples based on how he fills out and uses his.

Dr. Dave breaks down the basics of this model by explaining the different elements that go into it, such a: values, experiences, development, giving and much more. He shows how these different areas of your life can be categorized, mapped out and organized in a way that is efficient and highly effective.

Key Quotes:

“How do we find the magic moments in each day to feel truly grateful for.”

“I can have whatever I want as long as I can get really clear on what I want and put forth the energy to execute it.”

“As a high performance coach, I’m coaching my clients in 5 categoregies: clarity, energy, courage, productivity and influence.”

“Often times I got to the target and it didn’t necessarily make me feel the way that I wanted it to feel.”

“Who you think you are is really how you interact.”

“If we don’t engineer this stuff, we can spend a lot of time in stress, anxiety, depression and discontent.”

“I actually have a list of people in this category that I want to make sure I’m investing in.”

“I want to make sure I’m giving and I’m serving in a proper way.”

“I’m not looking for mastery now, I’m looking for incremental improvements.”

“High performance coaching is uninstalling these limiting beliefs and installing powerful habits and rituals.”

“We’re chasing other peoples’ version of success. Take some time and make your own.”

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