The complete dentist : positive leadership and communication skills for a successful practice Pdf by Polansky, Barry. We need a map. After practicing dentistry for 44 years, I have come to realize that the one thing that will serve every dentist in their quest for a better career and a better life is to have a map. Our profession suffers from too much morbidity; too much depression, too much burnout, too many broken relationships and, lately, way too many dental career derailments. There is a better way. I was told many years ago, by a dentist whom I respect very much, that my quest to teach dentists about philosophy was futile. “It just doesn’t sell,” he told me. Dentists are just trying to make a good living by fixing teeth. They want to learn techniques. That dentist, ironically enough, taught philosophy to dentists. I always wondered why teaching a philosophical approach to any field was so challenging to teach. It all looks good on paper. The problems arise in the application. A good philosophy must be practical.
As you will read in this book, I, too, searched for ways to practice that would contribute toward a rewarding career. Many years later, I can say that I have had some success, but the early years were filled with many obstacles. There were times when I felt like quitting. There were times that my physical and emotional life was in turmoil. I suffered through many of the same problems that still exist today. But I was lucky. I was lucky, because I entered dentistry at a time when it was easy to make a good living and build a career. I was lucky, because I found the right mentors, whom you will read about in this book. Mostly, I was lucky because I realized that, if I was going to have a great and long career, I would need to have models and maps. I found those maps by studying philosophy. Not dental philosophy, because that might lead me to better dentistry. What I really wanted was a better life. I needed a philosophy that would teach me how to live, because work is part of life.
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