Choose Happiness!

When I was eight years old, I joined the Boy Scouts, and looked forward to many adventures, including hiking, camping, and – of course – competing in the soap box derby! I still remember how excited I was to enter my first race and how devastated I was when I finished dead last! The members of my troupe laughed at me, and I cried as I walked home from the meet. I decided to “get even” with them...
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Make the Most of What You Have

It troubles me that many young practitioners incur unnecessary debt by buying more than they need to establish their practice. They should begin with the basics and add the bells and whistles as the practice grows. My first office was quite modest and furnished with secondhand equipment. It wasn’t much, but it’s what I could afford, and it served as the foundation for my ultimate success. I’m...
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The Donut Man

I don’t have a picture of him. I wish I did, for he was the poster child for industry, determination, and entrepreneurialism. To us, he was simply, “the Donut Man.” A daily fixture each morning at the intersection of North Avenue and Techwood Drive, just on the edge of the campus of the Georgia Institute of Technology, he sold Krispy Kreme donuts for a dime. We students could, of course, buy one...
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Service, Knowledge, Relationship

While visiting my daughter, I was advised that the toilet paper holder in the guest bathroom kept falling off the cabinet.  My son-in-law took everything apart and quickly recognized that the hardware had been improperly installed and needed replacement.  As we entered the local ACE Hardware store for the items needed, I held the components in the air and jested, “Toilet paper emergency!  Toilet...
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Forever Friends. . .

Dentistry is a relationship-driven business, and those who don’t understand that will never experience sustained success. When we enjoy a personal relationship with those for whom we care, trust is more easily established which naturally leads to greater treatment acceptance and a commitment to continuing care. As a young dentist, my focus necessarily shifted from boyhood friendships to patient...
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