Text overlay on a blue background. In the top left corner is a white logo with the letters "RD" stacked and the word "RELENTLESS" below it written in a bold, sans-serif font. Below the logo is black text that reads: "Dr. David Maloley." Centered on the image is white text in a display font that reads: "THE UGLY TRUTH ABOUT 'SURFACE SUCCESS': WHAT DENTISTS NEED TO KNOW." Below this text, centered on the image, is black text in a sans-serif font that reads "DR. DAVE MALOLEY" followed by "Host and Coach, Relentless Dentist" and "PODCAST."Is your pursuit of success leaving you feeling drained and disconnected?

In this eye-opening episode, Dr. Dave reveals the harsh reality behind “surface success” and its hidden costs.

  • Unmasking Surface Success: Understand why financial milestones and external praise aren’t enough and may actually be harming your personal and professional life.
  • Deep Winning Defined: Discover how to align your practice with your core values, ensuring fulfillment and harmony in both your career and personal life.
  • Practical Strategies: Learn actionable steps to build a high-profit, low-stress practice that enriches your life and the lives of those around you.

Transform your approach to success, strengthen your relationships, and boost your practice’s efficiency.

Listen now to uncover the secrets to achieving meaningful success and a fulfilling dental practice. Don’t miss out—your journey to true success starts here!

Are you ready to upgrade your practice? Need help implementing the Dentists Ascend Method? Don’t miss Dr. Dave’s presentation: ‘How to Build a Referral-Centric, High-Profit Dental Practice Without the Team Drama — Even if You’re Currently Overwhelmed.‘ This resource is tailored to help you enhance your operations, boost patient referrals, and increase profits while creating a self-managing team. Perfect for any dental practice owner looking to win in today’s challenging environment. Check it out now!

Key Quotes:

  • “If it makes you a worse person, it’s not success. If starting a business tears your relationships apart, and makes you feel bitter or frustrated with people, then it doesn’t matter how much money it makes or external praise it receives. That’s not success.”
  • “Dentistry should be about helping patients, building meaningful relationships, and creating a positive impact on your community.”
  • “Don’t chase surface success. It leads to burnout, strained relationships, and a hollow sense of achievement.”
  • “When your practice is in values alignment, everything changes because we reduce friction. You and your team are playing to your strengths. You’re fostering an environment where everyone thrives.”
  • “Deep winners are here for all of it… They don’t live in the delusion that life should be ups without the downs.”

Featured on the Show:

  • People: Ryan Holiday, a writer and media strategist, left college at 19 to apprentice under marketing guru Robert Greene. He then built a successful marketing career and founded Brass Check, a creative agency. Holiday is also a bestselling author known for his books on stoicism and personal growth.
  • People: Seth Godin, is a prolific writer and teacher who has spent over 30 years inspiring people to “level up” through his writing, courses, and projects. He’s a bestselling author with 20 books translated into nearly 40 languages, and the founder of the altMBA, a life-changing marketing workshop. Godin is passionate about igniting ideas and helping people make a difference in the world.
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