How to Start Building the Life You Dreamed of When You Entered Dental School

Dentistry is a high-stress, high-risk profession. As a practicing dentist, I know how stressful our work can be.

Many of us got into this profession because we wanted to help people while earning a good living to support our families and fund a comfortable life.

When we entered dental school, we dreamed of brightening smiles, serving our communities, supporting our families, and enjoying a flexible lifestyle.

When we come out of dental school, however, most of us are hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt, and if we build or buy a dental practice, we add hundreds of thousands of dollars more to our debt burden.

In addition to the typical heavy debt burdens, many dentists struggle to balance growing regulatory oversight, overbearing insurance plan regulations, and unhappy patients.

All of a sudden, we can find ourselves close to a million dollars in debt and needing to work long, demanding hours six or seven days a week serving those unhappy patients and navigating those burdensome insurance companies just to stay afloat.

Years later, we’re exhausted, stressed, and often angry.

The idea of helping people, earning a good living, supporting a family, and funding a comfortable, flexible lifestyle is a distant memory.

We work more than we ever wanted to, and by the time the debt burden is paid, there’s hardly any money left. Our dreams are shattered and we feel helpless. By that point, our business plan is to hope someday something will change or that things will get better decades down the road when the student loans and practice debt are gone.

At home, a day when we spend even one hour with our family is rare. We miss milestones, sporting events, celebrations, competitions, award ceremonies, and more. Even during that limited family time, we’re often exhausted and distracted by the stresses of our practice.

It doesn’t have to be that way.

I know. I used to struggle, too, until one day I had a wake-up call. After missing one too many family events, I realized I had sacrificed the most important thing in my life—my family—for my practice.

That pushed me to hire a business coach to help me build my practice to support the reasons I went to dental school in the first place. I decided I would no longer hope that things might get better years or decades later. I decided to take control of my future and make it certain, and sooner.

Over a few short years, I built the practice of my dreams and no longer worry about missing important family milestones or events—and you can, too.

After hiring my first coach, I developed a six-part system that helped me build the practice of my dreams by taking control of the direction of my practice while delivering WOW experiences to everyone who walks through the door.

Since transforming my practice, I’ve trained hundreds of other dentists on how to utilize the six-part system to transform their practices, reignite the passion they once felt for dentistry, and build the lives they dreamed of.

Life is too short to spend the best years of your life overworked, stressed, and separated from the things that matter most.

The six-part Delivering WOW system works because it's designed to help you accomplish your goals and achieve your dreams.

The first step to building a WOW practice is to develop a vision for your practice. This forces you to dream big again and design your ideal dental practice. With your vision in place, you choose your practice culture that everyone in your practice will need to adhere to. From there, you set the rules, or core values for your practice, recruit and develop a WOW practice team, and put systems in place for common tasks so you can delegate tasks to team members. Having systems in place is the only way to build a practice that can run without your needing to be there and do everything yourself to ensure consistency and top quality.

With those things in place, the final step is to build and promote an irresistible brand that attracts the patients you want to serve most and keep them coming back and referring friends and family to you.

You’re not alone.

One thing most struggling dentists have in common is they’re trying to do everything on their own. From dental care to practice management, they have little to no help or support.

The most successful dentists, on the other hand, are surrounded with support and encouragement them from family, friends, coaches, organizations, and peers working on similar transformations.

Because of the transformative experience I had after hiring my coach and developing the Delivering WOW practice-transformation formula, I developed Delivering WOW U, a membership community to get the help and support you need to grow your practice, including Delivering WOW trainings, expert sit-downs, member workshops, live training sessions, and an interactive community of dentists supporting each other while implementing the Delivering WOW system to their practice.

It’s your turn to Deliver WOW.

No matter what your practice looks like today, there’s no reason you can’t transform your practice and start living the life you dreamed of.

If you need guidance, support, encouragement, and accountability to help you take control of your practice, make more money, work less, and start realizing the dreams you had when you entered dental school, our community of like-minded dentists is waiting for you.