Active Duty to Private Practice with Dr. Russell Kirk

Active Duty to Private Practice with Dr. Russell Kirk - RD Podcast

There are many roadblocks presented when developing a dental career. From financial struggles to battling introversion and depression, Dr. Russell Kirk shares his journey through all of it. He talks about his valuable experience in the military, how he learned humility,  anger management, leadership, and how to prioritize the important things in life.
In this episode, Russell speaks in-depth about his military career and how valuable it was to his dentistry career and education. He also shares some struggles and issues along the way and how he overcame them and learned valuable lessons from each. Russell emphasizes the importance of a strong work ethic, self-responsibility, being open to criticism, and accepting help. Through developing these traits and practices he has become happier and more successful in his life and career.

Key Quotes:

  • “There’s a lot of, a lot of learning to do as soon as you get into practice.”
  • “The older I get, the smarter my parents and grandparents were.”
  • “Anything worth doing isn’t going to be easy. If you can outwork the other person, you can sometimes outwork talent.”
  • “The educational opportunities in the military are really robust.”
  • “Early in the game I liked to blame everyone else that things weren’t going right, and it was pretty frustrating,  and now I realize that at the end of the day it’s all on your shoulders.”
  • “A lot of us have similar stories and there’s variations but the underlying theme is,  it’s a tough profession and life is tough but there are other people out there and we’re trudging along and doing okay.”
  • “You get out here on an island by yourself and it’s easy to get discouraged and it’s easy to get frustrated then you go to a meeting or have a conversation like this and you come away with a little bit quicker step.”
  • “You have to stop being the victim and start being accountable for everything in your life.”

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Putting Knowledge To Use and Sharpening Your Focus with Dr. Justin Bhullar

Putting Knowledge To Use & Sharpening Your Focus with Dr. Justin Bhullar

As academics, it can be easy and even quite enjoyable to continually be feeding ourselves new knowledge but if we never put that knowledge into practice, it means nothing. Dr. Justin Bhullar joins us on the show to share his journey of pushing through some tough obstacles to arrive where he is today. His optimism and work ethic are inspiring and he has lots of great insight on learning, improving and leading that you can learn from and implement into your own practice.
Justin explains how he turned his pain points and weaknesses into strengths and motivators. He also emphasizes the importance of the people you work with and how to take your leadership to the next level. Justin leaves us with the powerful idea that we should plan to fail and explains how that mindset will lead to resilience and strongly affect our ability to learn and grow.

Key Quotes:

  • “The path to success, like we talked about, is not a straight line.”
  • “Knowledge is not power, knowledge is put to use as power.”
  • “Just knowing is not enough. You have to put it to use.”
  • “If you’re devoting all of your time to learning and none of it to implementation, you’re not really going anywhere.”
  • “People can see if you are genuinely interested in them.”
  • “Why you’re doing what you’re doing is so much more important than what it is you’re doing.”
  • “In order to embark on this journey, you must plan to fail.”
  • “Fail, learn, move on quick.”
  • “Have fun, get a mentor.”

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The Relentless Mind: Seven Steps to High Performance Despite Life’s Inevitable Challenges

On this episode you will get to sit in on Dr. Dave Maloley’s presentation from the recent Voices of Dentistry Conference. His powerful message is all about what it means to have a relentless mind that pushes past crippling challenges and allows you to live your best life. Dr. Dave shares some valuable insight on how to ask the right questions, how to set goals that mean something and how to take control of your life and your practice.

He shares his story and how his success, and more-so his huge failures, led him to where he is today. The idea that you can live your best year ever and continue to recreate that is a central theme to his encouraging and inspiring message. He emphasizes the importance of good leadership and relentlessness as you take specific actionable steps to make the necessary mind shifts and changes in your life.

 

Key Quotes:

  • It was at that moment that I realized that the epic life I’m always talking about on the podcast, I was living that epic life.
  • I sat down, I broke my life into 16 different categories and I wrote down exactly what I want.
  • I really believe that we can engineer, after I executed that, we can engineer our best year over and over and over again.
  • This is about accountability and accountability taken to the extreme is intensely powerful.
  • I thought about all the time I spent complaining about my team and it was always just a reflection on me.
  • My practice is not limited by its opportunity, my practice is limited by its leader.
  • If you talk to people at the end of their days, they’ll tell you that life is all about relationships.
  • It’s okay to be selfish so that you can give more.

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The Power of Integrity and Leadership with Dr. Paul Etchison

The Power of Integrity and Leadership with Dr. Paul Etchison

There are so many road blocks that get in the way of a strong performing team and effective practice but almost all of them can be overcome through strong leadership and integrity. Paul Etchison has some great insight into this and shares some valuable advice on how to become a great leader and use integrity to make your practice better and life easier. He emphasizes the fact that seemingly small details, such as touch-points, are more important and impactful than people think.

Paul discusses the importance of doing everything with integrity and how you can use humility and honesty to become a better leader and improve your practice. He also talks about the importance of intentionality through setting goals, refining systems and always improving your leadership skills. He also talks about the unexpected complications of going from 4-3 work days and how he has navigated that experience in a positive way.

Key Quotes:

  • “I think people aren’t setting goals. Once you get out and figure out what you want to do and be intentional about it, then you can reverse engineer all the steps that you need to get there. I think a lot of people never put that pen to paper.”
  • “He who walks with integrity, walks securely. And he who takes crooked paths will be found out.”  – Proverbs 10:8
  • “If you do everything for the right reasons and you do the right thing all the time, you have nothing to worry about.”
  • “Your word should be golden. Everybody should know that when you say something, you’re going to do it.”
  • “The leadership information is out there and I think people don’t really seek it out because it’s not sexy.”
  • “It all starts with leadership so that’s gotta be the foundation. That’s number one. If you can’t lead, nothings gonna happen – you’re not getting anything done.”

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

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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