I’ve written before on this blog about how different dentists define success. With Labor Day coming up, this seems like a good time to revisit that topic.
Before defining different ways to succeed, let me ask this: are you happy? Are the hours that you put in treating patients, doing follow-ups, and managing the various aspects of your practice fulfilling? Is your staff enthusiastic and energetic? Are you comfortable financially? Do you see good growth prospects for your practice?
If so, congratulations. In my book, you’re eminently successful.
Or, are there too many days when it all feels like a never-ending treadmill? Like you’re running as fast as you can but not getting anywhere? Do you feel like things slipping away from you? Do you question whether you’ve done and are doing the right things to grow your business?
If those are true, then I don’t think you’ve reached success yet, regardless of your billings.
You can have an adequate but relatively modest income and feel fulfilled. You can have tremendous billings and feel unfulfilled.
I think what defines the successful dentist is that he or she works smarter, not harder. And when it comes to marketing your practice, smarter is definitely the way to go. Working smarter means that you focus your efforts on attracting the right kinds of patients, the ones that allow you to handle the cases you love and give a really nice bump to your billings.
You can drill and fill until you retire. If that’s what you look forward to, then you’ll be successful – assuming that you can compete successfully for new patients in an increasingly crowded marketplace.
If that’s not your idea of success, do yourself a favor and learn how dentists can attract new and better patients.
That will schedule a time for us to talk on a phone call that can change the future of your dental practice.
This is what I call a Patient Attraction System Blueprint™ Session. I offer this opportunity only to serious dentists who would like to see what an online patient attraction system that can generate “double your practice” kind of growth actually looks like.
This Session doesn’t cost money, but it definitely isn’t “free.” You pay in the form of preparation. Once your Session is scheduled and confirmed, you’ll be notified about what information to prepare before we speak. That’s information I need to know about your practice and where you’d like to take it in the next several years.
So, back to Labor Day: what fruits does your labor bear? If they’re not to your liking, then you should consider attracting more and better patients. To do that, you need a system that works for you 24/7, a system that over the long term can result in a steady growth of the cases that you love to handle.
If that meets your definition of success, we should definitely talk. In the meantime, let me wish everyone a happy Labor Day. I hope that all your future labor bears fruits that please you.