Life and Dentistry: The Power of Community and Connection

Today 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.

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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Retirement and Work-Life Balance is B.S.

What comes to mind when you hear the term “work-life balance”? How about when you think about retirement? I get a fair amount of questions about these two topics—likely because this podcast is all about engineering a practice that provides for your epic life—but I’m here to tell you that I think both work-life balance and retirement are complete b.s.

In this episode, I go on a bit of a rant about why these two ideas really bother me. Listen in to hear why I don’t agree with the thought that we should have a clear distinction between work and the other aspects of our lives, the reason I think retirement is a bad idea, and how we should all go about designing lives that give us purpose and fulfillment.

Key Quotes:

  • “Is ‘work-life balance’ implying that one is bad and that we should balance it with the other one? I don’t know—I have a hard time with that. Most people get their purpose and a lot of their identity from their work.”
  • “Why can’t we have a vision that blurs the lines between work and play?”
  • “I think that’s a common theme in 100% of people, that you should be growing and evolving and serving. And most people do that through their work.”
  • “My life is fueling my work, and my work is fueling my life. So can we just all call it life and integrate it?”
  • “I, quite frankly, want to work the day before I die. I want to work until the end, delivering value.”
  • “You’re serving the patient by being influential. You’re serving your team by giving them a culture, a place that they enjoy and collaborate and have a shared vision. All those components fuel your life.”
  • “Five years we’ve been talking about designing an epic practice to fuel your epic life. It’s a vehicle to get what you want—to live the life that you want—but it all has to be engineered with intention.”
  • “Can we stop talking about retirement, and can we stop talking about work-life balance? I think they’re both complete bullshit, and I think they take people down paths that they shouldn’t even consider.”
  • “Design a work schedule that gives you purpose, that gives you meaning, that gives you challenge and allows you to grow, and let that fuel your life.”

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Start Living Your Best Life NOW with Tim Rauch

Today’s guest has followed an unusual career path, to say the least. From going into undergrad as a football player to training to be a fighter pilot, Tim Rauch hadn’t even considered working in dentistry when he was growing up. Yet nowadays, he has the kind of successful dental career—and lifestyle—many dream of, including shorter, flexible work weeks, frequent travel, and more.

In this episode, Tim shares the inspiring story of perseverance and intentionality that led him to where he is today. Listen in to hear how he created his ideal work-life balance and how you can overcome excuses and start designing your own epic life.

Key Quotes:

  • “[In] about a four-year stretch, I went from brand new startup owner to multi-practice with associates owning a practice management guy to selling everything and starting over.”
  • “A ton of  professional and financial success—really more than I ever thought was possible as a dentist—and I had this total come to Jesus moment with how and why and to what end.”
  • “I wanted to be able to stop and say that if I died any day now, I’d be doing exactly what I wanted to be doing.”
  • “My new mantra was: I’m going to live every week, every day, every month, and plan every year like, hey, this could be it because things slip away quickly.”
  • “Start today. Think very clearly about what your ideal week, or your ideal month, or the ideal year of your life could look like, and then identify what you need to do to get there, and then work your ass off until you get it.”

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