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Measuring Success. Life of Personal and Professional Balance

One of the more common errors that dentists make, which can have serious consequences in the long run, is believing that success is determined by the amount of money they make. In reality, financial security is certainly nice; however, it isn't the only yardstick for measuring success. In fact, one of the principal tenets of complete dentistry states that, in order to attain true success, dentists must maintain a proportionate balance between their personal and professional lives.

The following story by Dr. Dawson from The Dawson Academy's updated seminar, Predictable Dentistry-Predictable Success: Putting Your Practice in the Top Ten Percent, will provide you with a tale of two practices: one whose dentist is overwhelmed with a constantly growing roster of new patients—but no personal life—and another practice whose dentist is afforded the luxury of a life-work balance. Which practice is yours most like?

Podcast: Measuring Success

To Play this Podcast:

The best way to play this podcast is using iTunes. If you are a pc user, that is not a problem, iTunes can be used on both the mac and pc. All you have to do is download iTunes for free and install it. If you already have iTunes, skip to step 3.


Step 1: Download iTunes for Your PC
Browse to to download iTunes. Review the system requirements. Give them your e-mail address. Click the Download iTunes - Free button.


Step 2: Install iTunes
Find the iTunes Setup icon on your desktop and double-click to start the installation process. Follow all the steps.


Step 3: Open iTunes

Find the iTunes icon on your desktop or look for iTunes in your startup menu.

iTunes will open to a blank Library window. Along the top of the iTunes window, choose FILE > Add File to Library (Control + O). Find the podcast file you downloaded (Dentistry in todays economy.m4a) and select it. Press play to listen.


Step 4: To select a specific chapter

This podcast is enhanced, which means there are links and chapters in it. To select a specific chapter, in the iTunes menu at the top, select the drop down menu CHAPTERS.

Peter E. Dawson, D.D.S. is considered to be one of the most influential clinicians and teachers in the history of dentistry. He authored the best selling dental text, Evaluation, Diagnosis and Treatment of Occlusal Problems, which is published in 13 languages. His latest book is entitled Functional Occlusion: From TMJ to Smile Design. He is the founder of the “Concept of Complete Dentistry Seminar Series (SM)” as well as The Dawson Academy. In addition to numerous awards and special recognitions, Dr. Dawson is the past president and life member of the American Equilibration Society, a past president of the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry and the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry.