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3 Things to Remember When Pursuing Your Vision

by | Apr 23, 2024 | Articles, Tips and Tricks | 0 comments

3 Things to Remember When Pursuing Your Vision

We entrepreneurs have a tendency to get absorbed in our ambitions. We focus on the big changes we want to make, pursue them relentlessly, and get so excited about where we’re aiming that we lose sight of the power of patience. 

The truth is, achieving your vision won’t ever happen overnight. Instead, achieving your vision is the result of many small strides and calculated decisions that add up over time. I like to relate pursuing your vision to summiting a mountain top where we first create our view “from the top” and then reverse engineer our method of getting to that view one step at a time.

To get even fancier, pursuing your vision can be compared to making your way across a fast-flowing river. On the other bank, you see a beautiful place to have a picnic. But you can’t just jump like a spidermonkey and hope you don’t fall short, get swept up in the white waters, and drown. First you must design a boat, build it, start paddling, and carefully steer your way to your desired destination.

So, before you start building your “boat,” it’s important to keep a few factors top-of-mind. In this blog post, I’ll tell you about three things to remember when pursuing your vision.

1. You’re going to get your vision wrong, and you’re going to need to make pivots in order to correct it.

It’s okay to get your vision wrong. We might think a certain specialization is for us only to end up finding it doesn’t have the appeal it once had in dental school. Maybe it’s the difficulty of affording equipment. Maybe it’s the procedures themselves growing tiring. 

Alternatively, maybe you chose to be an entrepreneur before you were ready. After you began owning and running a business, you realized it’s wiser to work under the tutelage of others as an intrapreneur or associate dentist. No matter the reason, you’re reading this article because you want to change the direction you’re currently going.

Money is replenishable, but your emotions and time are not. We’re gonna get it wrong a lot—and that never stops. We’ll be 85 and still learning—that’s just the nature of the human experience. While there’s always going to be downsides in life, hindsight is 20/20, and your upside is unlimited so long as you pursue your full potential. So, keep your head down and, when you realize you’ve screwed up, let your pride go and make pivots.

2. No one can repo your dental education.

Pick a spot anywhere in the United States where you want to live, because you can make a living there. It can be coastal Italy if you so desire. The point is, the world is your oyster.

When you’re a restauranteur and you fail, things are different. Convincing another group of investors to help you start up a second restaurant is going to be tough. But, as dentists, we’ll always have training that’ll keep our services valuable on an international level.

Demand is always high in dentistry. While the pool of dentists is increasing, so is the pool of patients who need dental treatment. That means we constantly have the capacity to pivot and more room for error than those who belong to other professions.

3. Arming yourself with information is how you become “dangerous.”

With enough digging, you can become a genius at anything. And, in the digital age, information is basically always accessible. Resources are constantly out there for us to use—thanks to the internet. Even without the internet, books can be one of the greatest assets for any business mind. Whether you’re reading motivational books to get yourself out of bed on cold mornings or self-growth books to become the best professional you can be, the world—again—is your oyster.

Speaking of books, there’s a great one called “Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell. In that book, Gladwell talks about an idea he calls the “10,000 hour rule.” His idea is that spending 10,000 hours on anything will make you an expert. That might sound like a lot of time, but pursuing your vision isn’t a journey that’ll be completed overnight. You don’t necessarily need to spend 10,000 hours on any given subject—it’s Gladwell’s theory after all versus a cold, hard fact—but it suffices to say that you can definitely become dangerous if you spend time arming yourself with information.

And while arming ourselves with information is easy to do, the process gets tricker when it comes to arming ourselves with the right information. There are so many CE courses out there, but we can take time to focus on those that really dive into practice management, business tactics, and so on.

Shoot for the stars!

The road to achieving your vision won’t be easy. You’ll make plenty of mistakes along the way. Swallowing your pride and letting yourself learn from your errors will be instrumental in getting to where you dream to be. And don’t forget that while no one can take away your dental degree, you can always become more of a weapon by learning beyond the knowledge you gained in dental school or pick up from CE courses. 

I run a community full of dental professionals who can give you some nuggets of wisdom about pursuing your vision. So, join the Nifty Thrifty Dentists Facebook group and reach out! People from all across the globe will be happy to let you in on their two cents and share what they do to work toward their ambitions.


Glenn Vo
Author: Glenn Vo