I’ve Been Called Worse

A colleague pointed out to me that I have a “Pioneer’s” mentality. He said that explains why I’ve adopted technology and incorporated new techniques and science into my practice so readily. He said that “colonists” follow the lead of the pioneers and aren’t as courageous.

Personally, I never thought of myself as daring. Everything I do, I do to obtain a better result. And, I can envision that result before I take the leap. I just think that’s logical.

Yet, it seems others see me as having a pioneering spirit. Recently, I taped an interview with Henry Schein’s Keith Drayer about entrepreneurship and Dentistry. It’s a “coming attraction” to a lecture I’ll be giving this August in Las Vegas.

I thought you might like to get a glimpse of what I said. It will be broadcast on Facebook. It goes live this afternoon. Here’s the link:

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Posted by Henry Schein Dental on Monday, June 19, 2017


It is said that today, the half-life of medical knowledge is less than 7 years. So, medical school graduates (or a dental school one), of 2010 have to relearn 50% of what they were taught. That’s a daunting task!

It’s why I’m always attending conferences, reading newsletters and journals, and listening to podcasts. I believe I have a healthy, professional paranoia about not knowing something that might help someone in need.

Being a pioneer, for me, is just the result of a thirst for knowledge and an attitude that knowledge without action is selfish. If I want to help someone, putting what I learn to use only makes sense. It’s also why I lecture, teach, write and support organizations that help others.

To everyone’s excellent health and wellness,