21 years ago this month I decided:

  • to finally cut my links with the financial planning community and become a full-time business and personal coach
  • to focus all my efforts on developing the dental profession as my principal chosen niche
  • to create a 12-month workshop programme, The Dental Business School and take that on the road

Groundbreaking decisions from which I have never looked back and which allowed me to develop a priceless community of friends and clients.

21 years ago – how different things were back then for us all – I could make a list comparing dentistry (and life) then to now – and we could all “ooh aah” at the developments in treatment modality, technology and the psychology of best business practice – also at how a day in the life of the average citizen has changed.

Allow me please to take a moment to count my blessings.

I have enjoyed a career in which I’ve made some massive mistakes, bounced back, made some equally momentous good decisions and moved forward. On balance, I’d said I’m about evens on the decision making and a hell of a lot wiser as a result.

wisdom enters through the wound

Here’s to the next 21 years – I cannot wait to get started this morning.


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Chris Barrow

Chris Barrow has been active as a consultant, trainer and coach to the UK dental profession for over 20 years. As a writer, his blog enjoys a strong following and he is a regular contributor to the dental press. Naturally direct, assertive and determined, he has the ability to reach conclusions quickly, as well as the sharp reflexes and lightness of touch to innovate, change tack and push boundaries. In 2014 he appeared as a “castaway” in the first season of the popular reality TV show “The Island with Bear Grylls”. His main professional focus is as Coach Barrow, providing coaching and mentorship to independent dentistry.