What a great time of year, the spring is. The snow is (hopefully) melting, the colorful blooms of flowers start peeking out and there is ample sunshine to more fully enjoy your days. There is energy, enthusiasm and optimism bubbling over, for sure. And I think it’s appropriate that this season coincides with graduation for the Class of 2015. You’ve put in the hard work in the classroom, and now the Real World awaits. As I was preparing our latest issue of Dental Entrepreneur: Business Beyond the Classroom, I thought of a story that fits this spirit. It was no surprise that I found our cover doc, David Rice, at a table at the first ASDA National Leadership Conference in the fall of 2014. He was so excited and, well, ignited to be there. He was with two buddies, both dentists, that had literally arrived an hour before the event began after driving an incredible 10 hours from Buffalo. Their energy and sincere generosity was contagious. He could hardly wait to talk to these future dentists and charge them up. Dedicated to our profession, he is making a difference by addressing the way the graduating dentist can view his/her career. Rice, from IgniteDDS, is fueling passion beyond the classroom! Of course, I knew he would be a perfect fit for our magazine.
We have several other excellent contributors to this edition of DE, as well. We continue to work closely with experts with the knowledge that will assist you in taking your calling to the next level.
It’s interesting that when I read Roger Levin’s article on leadership, because I thought he could be speaking about David Rice. That’s cool. I wonder if it could be you as well. How would you like to lead your team and your office to be their best, both individually and wholly? How would it feel to have your finances secured and be in growth mode? How well will you market your practice? Levin’s piece offers seven key points that all practice owners should consider to better answer those questions.
Now, how do you become an owner? Our friend Tom Snyder wrote in with an interesting take on what is the “new normal” when it comes to practice ownership. As education debts continue to rise, he understands that ownership might be not be in some of your plans. Still, Snyder believes otherwise.
“The opportunities to create significant wealth are there for the taking, and that means that you do not have to consider finding a good-paying job for the next 10 to 20 years as your only path to financial freedom,” he notes. Thought-provoking, for sure. Listen, I could go over each and every one of the mentors we’ve tabbed to feature in this publication. But I won’t. Instead, I encourage you to dive deep into the content we’ve provided in DE, from our writers to our sponsors.
Everyone is on board to provide the resources you need to not only become a success, but also make sure that the future of our industry continues to shine as bright as ever.
Take a big, heaping breath of that fresh springtime air, because things are about to get interesting in your respective careers. I am confident you will make the right decisions to revel in all the seasons of your life.
All the best,
Anne M. Duffy