Half-empty or half-full? A beginners guide to the rest of today.

Here’s a list of reasons why you could give up, throw the towel in, sell up and go:

  • The threat of litigation;
  • The burden of compliance;
  • The meddling of Government;
  • The squeeze by insurance companies:
  • The scarcity of good clinicians and team members;
  • The irritation and dilution of competition;
  • The behaviours of your most troublesome team members and patients;
  • The disappointment in dealing with poor suppliers;
  • The virality of social media – allowing your bad news to travel further, faster than every before;
  • The sheer overwhelming relentlessness of it all – having to get up and go to work, day after day, over and over again.

Here’s a list of reasons why you can carry on, dig deeper for more energy, make a difference:

  • Baby-boomers – who have 45% of the money, an extra 20 years of life that their parents didn’t have and the desire to look good and feel good;
  • The 3 billion photographs that we upload to The Cloud every 24 hours – mainly of ourselves;
  • The virality of social media – allowing your good news to travel further, faster than every before;
  • The fact that you have the skill and the confidence to deliver high-end dentistry;
  • The opportunity to find those needles in the haystack – team players and clinicians who are a pleasure to mentor and work with;
  • The suppliers who support you and demonstrate their loyalty through their customer service;
  • The opportunity to “give back and be proud” through your Corporate Social Responsibility programme;
  • Your beautiful premises;
  • The hard-earned reputation of your brand.;
  • The sheer overwhelming privilege of being born in the right post-code, having a world of opportunity at your doorstep, having food and water, health, security, a sense of belonging to a community that upholds similar values, the love of family and friends and a deep sense of purpose and self-actualisation through your work.

So which list are you taking to work today?


Published by

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.