Success as You Age

By Dr. Addison Killeen

October 3, 2023

Have you ever met those older retiring dentists and wonder how they got there? You think to yourself, “Boy, if I could just learn what they know, I’d be instantly successful.”

While this might appear to be true on the surface, there’s another thing at play.

It took decades for them to hone their skills to be good at extractions, decades to develop the best hand skills for cosmetics, and decades to be able to free-hand implants to within a millimeter of ideal. It also took decades to develop their leadership skills, learn the business, and systemize their practice enough that it looks easy.

And, what happens at the end once they become really good? They’re at the end of their career. This wisdom is wasted on people staring retirement in the face.

The graph above shows how the green line goes up (wisdom), but then the time left to use that wisdom drops precipitously. I fear that happens to all of us.

However, it doesn’t need to be. We can gain the knowledge, content, principles by learning – in order to get that wisdom earlier in our career.

Much of that is why Dental Success Network (DSN) was created. It’s “jumping the curve,” it’s “shrinking time.” It’s helping dentists gain wisdom and advice at a clip that is both faster than nature can teach and less expensive than anything out there in the marketplace.

What are the top resources people are saying help them crunch time?

Learning will help you avoid the trap where “wisdom is wasted on dead men”. Don’t wait, you don’t know how much your trajectory could change by gaining the resources earlier in your career.

P.S. If you want to share wisdom with other practicing dentists, join DSN today and get access to Workspace where you can talk with colleagues around the world!