The Busy Man

You have no idea how many times in the last 10 days I have had emails, phone calls and social media messages that begin with:
“I know you are a busy man/have a hectic schedule but could I ask………..”
Fair enough from contacts but when your fee-paying clients say that, it is a moment of truth.
Can I repeat some things I have said before:

  • Busy-ness is my default
  • I’m a workaholic who takes 12 weeks vacation every year
  • I invest 20% of my weekends in dental conferences and catch ups (like now)
  • If you want something done, ask a busy man
  • If you want to deal with somebody less busy – first of all, ask your self why they are so!

Yep – I’m busy.
Yep – my schedule is pretty hectic.
Yep – (the last time I’ll say it) – climbing Kilimanjaro and moving house was an ambitious plan.
Yep – I’m behind at the moment and catching up.
I love working with my clients and the issues and opportunities we are discussing at this time are as challenging for them (if not more challenging) than ever.
I am involved in quite a few new projects in dentistry – some exciting new businesses and innovations.
I WILL do whatever it takes to stay on top of my work.
I am re-engineering my business right now to achieve this – and have some BIG IDEAS that I am sharing with my clients over the next few weeks.
I’ve never known a time like this – the deeper the recession, the more opportunity presents itself.
These are the best of days – make sure you hang out with people who have a bigger future.
People like you and me.
p.s. A man like me needs a very, very good woman behind him.
Somebody who loves him unconditionally and has the patience of a saint.
I’m a very lucky man.


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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.