Things have changed since our last edition of Dental Entrepreneur: Business Beyond the Classroom. Just as spring has sprung, so has the world since the success of the vaccines and the herd mentality have taken over. There is light at the end of the tunnel, and it is time to come out of the fetal position and stake your claim. As they say, “Hope springs eternal.” Read Dr. David Rice’s article, and smile knowing that it is time to get back out there. All people count, and in your chosen career you will meet many that will inspire you beyond the op. Listen and learn.
There is a common thread in our spring De. Our cover Doc, Dr. Kwane Watson, shares his story of the many ways he has pivoted in his career upon graduating dental school. Kwane is a true dental entrepreneur. His drive and persistence have carried him to his calling, and he has found a way to bring others along with him. Surely, he is building a legacy that will endure and a model that may be in your future. Melissa Turner’s article backs this model with confidence, outlining the shift in dentistry that opens new possibilities for you.
It is not always a good thing to “go big or go home.” You can dream big and still be small. Roger Levin makes a case for going small. Think about it. His words are reassuring.
How fun to read Luke Shapiro’s interview with Dr. Jen Salzer. What innovative things will you come up with when you start practicing? Keep your eyes open for opportunities to give back to your patients and to the world. It is all in front of you! As Dr. John Wilde asks, “What is your dream?”
Sound financial advice comes from Brian Swilling. Close your eyes and think how you would feel if you were financially free at the end of your career, a career which ends in your time, not someone else’s. It is important to start thinking about that now, not later, and to find those partners who will grow with you to accomplish your dreams. “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” – African proverb
Is there a little voice that is telling you something? Josh Scott listened to his and made the decision to take control of his destiny. He is a true storyteller and the honor he has in telling your story will reap rewards that you could not dream of on your own. Check out Josh and his team, and take him with you to go far!
Entrepreneurship starts with an idea. Dream big. Surround yourself with the right people. Never give up because life is precious; and, if you are lucky, it is long. You can switch gears and be successful if you start and don’t stop!
Anne M. Duffy