Some of us get lucky and stumble into a career that we truly love. Others start their career and grow to love it. Unfortunately, many spend their career searching for a career to love. Or working for “the man” and hating Mondays through Fridays.
Our team just returned from a week off and personally, I couldn’t wait to get back to fixing teeth. I received a text on the final Sunday of our vacation and gladly went into the office to fix an injured tooth. As I was finishing up that visit, I had an epiphany. I had missed being in the office. I had missed sitting down and working on teeth. I had missed our team and our office and our patients.
We all have free will and our live’s consist of a series of choices that we get to make. Whether we want to admit it or not, we can choose every day to continue down a path or to veer one way or another. None of us make the right choice all of the time. The best of us probably make a few more good choices than bad choices. One of the true gifts in life is that we can wake up tomorrow and choose to be or do things differently than we did today.
That’s how we get better.
I’d love to tell a story about how I was destined to be a dentist. It would be fun to say that I was making teeth out of Play=Doh at the age of four. Such was not the case. My early experiences with dentistry had to do with a traumatic injury from eating a basketball court. They couldn’t have been that pleasant. Fortunately, our family dentist was my father’s college roommate and a close friend. Again, I’d love to say he was my inspiration. Alas, his advice was to go to medical school and become an allergist. Dentistry was just too demanding.
Somehow, at the age of eighteen, I was determined to be a dentist. This was a lucky decision, in that very few eighteen year olds know what they want to do with their lives. From then on, it just took hard work, determination, a positive attitude, and support from my family, friends, and future wife.
Nobody succeeds alone.
And that brings us full circle. The best way to get lucky in life is to work hard, be determined, think positive, and make good choices. When you make bad choices, correct them and move forward. If you don’t love what you do, make a new choice and start doing what you love.
Be excited to go back to work.
Until next week, keep smiling.