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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Influence and the 80-Year-Old Man

Today’s episode is all about the power of influence and living in a way that inspires others to do their best work. Leadership is all about figuring out who we have to become for our teams, and it’s up to us to ask ourselves if we’re really walking the talk—or if we’re all talk.

Inspired by his father’s recent 80th birthday party (where celebrating the way his father has lived his life drove home the fact that making an impact is all about integrity and honoring your word) Dr. Dave discusses why we all need to think about how we’re showing up in our practices. Listen in to hear what he says makes a great leader and his advice for all dentists to level up their lives, as well as their practices.

Key Quotes:

  • “Leadership is influence; nothing more, nothing less.”
  • “If you want hard workers, be the hardest worker in the room. If you want integrity, you have to honor your word and do what you say.”
  • “If you walk a straight line, if you practice what you preach, if you develop a mission and core values that are very clear and you embody those values, it may take some work, but you’re bound to have a team that supports you in that mission, that vision, and those values.”
  • “As dentists, we often get wrapped around, how do we do this? What’s the strategy? What’s the recipe? Because that’s how we’re taught dentistry. … But leadership and running a practice and having an epic life is much different from that.”
  • “I think it’s important that, first, we know exactly what we want; that’s the clarity piece of high performance. Then, it’s important to know why we want it.”
  • “Goals are important, but the who—who do you have to become?—is probably the most important strategy to leveling up your life and leveling up your practice.”
  • “Think about what you want from your practice. Get that clarity. But realize who you have to become, what sort of leader and influencer you need to be, and start walking that.”

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The Secret to Achieving High Performance through Self-Leadership with Karah Maloley

Dr. Karah Maloley, wife of Dr. Dave, joins on the podcast this episode to discuss and reflect the incredible changes in the practice over the past year. They go through the goals that were set for the past year and discuss the outcomes and how they worked out so well. One of the big things discussed was how they managed to go from four-day work week to a three-day work week while still growing and having a record year.

Dr. Dave talks about how taking more time off has improved his leadership skills and in-turn helped make his team and his clients happier. He also talks about the habits he has been working on and his obsession with high performance and sustainable growth and success. They emphasize the importance of accountability and leadership by example and they share ways to breathe life and passion into your practice.

Key Quotes:

  • “I made the decision we were going to go from four-day work weeks to three-day work weeks.”
  • “It’s about impact and intention and knowing what we’re there for and being hyper-focused to get results every day.”
  • “Despite the reduction in days and hours, we grew probably more than we have in 6 or 7 years.”
  • “A happy team creates happier patients.”
  • “The extra time that I have, those days where I can work on different projects, have allowed me to I think, be a more focused leader and work a lot more on myself.”
  • “Self-leadership always precedes great team leadership.”
  • “A lot of turning points in my life have come from trying times and tragedies, what if I just engineer it this year?”
  • “Most dentists are working in their practice, high level dentists are working in their practice and on their practice, the highest level dentists I’m convinced are working on themselves.”

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The Key to Big Change Lies in Small Changes with Reese Harper

On today’s episode, Reese Harper joins us to talk about why many dentists are not retiring or scaling back on working as early as planned. Reese explores the different financial areas where dentists tend to go wrong with their planning and why dentistry in general has an issue with misunderstood and mismanaged finances. He really gives an interesting perspective on why dentists should be focusing on their net worth when it comes to achieving their long and short term goals.

Reese emphasizes why making small, incremental changes will be better for your business in the long run. He also discusses different traps dentists fall into and how to know a good financial advisor from a sales-person. We wrap up with a conversation on what exactly net worth is and explore various ways to keep track of it and make sure your practice and spending are in line with your goals.

Key Quotes:

  • “We’re so focused on improving the practice that we don’t even care what our own personal wealth is, but man, we know our collections so well. And our personal wealth is not subjective, it’s a number that is as tangible as collections.”
  • “Personal finance is 80% about behavior and only about 20% about knowledge.”
  • “Not only are they high achieving, but they’re actually, really kind of giving, benevolent people, so they end up giving to their patients, giving to their teams, giving to their families, giving to their communities.. and not really being a good steward with self-care, whether that be health or finance and that causes a lot of struggle and strife.”
  • “When we feel like there’s something wrong, we want to make a big adjustment.”
  • “They become really big targets for people that are selling things to them.”
  • “When you hire a financial advisor, you just hope you’re hiring someone that can really help you make sense of all your finances, not just sell you stuff.”
  • “Making a lot of money is not the same as being worth a lot.”
  • “The definition of financial freedom is just being able to replace your lifestyle without having to work.”
  • “Look at what you need based on what you spend.”

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