Personal Fulfillment

Becoming a Successful Entreprenuer

Finding success as an entrepreneur is no small feat, especially in today’s day and age where go-getters, trailblazers and startup companies are increasingly becoming “the norm.” Beyond the technical skills you might need, it takes hard work, grit and innovation to succeed as an entrepreneur. When I started what is now Heartland Dental, I didn’t intentionally set out to become an entrepreneur. Quite simply, I saw a need for myself and other dentists, and I knew I had a solution that could help.

Tips to Manage Time at Work

In the modern working world, the one thing there never seems to be enough of is time. While technology has massively improved the productivity of the modern worker, the constant interruptions from emails, text messages, phone calls, and every other notification have created an environment where most of us feel like we're constantly scrambling to get everything done and never have enough time to do it. As a business leader, time management is one of the most important skills you can develop.

The Value of Being Resonant in the Workplace

The best leaders in the workplace are always resonant leaders. Resonant leaders are those who are in-tune to the feelings and emotions of their employees. These leaders are capable of cultivating a positive atmosphere and coaxing the most out of their employees by developing trust and honesty with them. During my time in the workplace, I’ve tried – like virtually every leader – to achieve resonance and I’m glad to share a few of the more successful ways I’ve found of doing so.

Paying Off Dental School Debt

Nowadays, the average dental school graduate will face over $261,000 worth of debt. If you’re like I was, you may have put those troubles to the back of your mind for the duration of your dental school education, but when you begin to approach life after dental school, that’s when you will really start to think about the debt you’ve accrued. As someone who has gone through this, I want you to take a deep breath and follow these tips if you find yourself struggling with dental school debt problems.

Writing S.M.A.R.T Goals

Happy New Year! It’s inevitable that with a new year comes new goals and resolutions. Do you want to lose weight? Do you want to read more books? Maybe you’re striving towards something like getting promoted at work or buying your first house. We all have goals, but we’re not all approaching them in the correct manner. When you fail to set goals in the right way, you’re less likely to fulfill them. 

4 Qualities of Influential People

What does it mean to be influential? I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. I’ve been thinking about all the influential people in my life, and the people I’d like to influence (like my family), but what does it mean? To me it means indirectly or directly impacting someone’s life in a way that they’re inspired to follow their own path. It’s like giving them the directions to get to where they want to go. When thinking about the influential people in my life, I realized they all had four similar qualities. 

Giving Back During the Holidays

With the holidays in full swing, it’s hard to get lost in the chaos of the party planning, gift giving and cookie baking. It’s easy to lose sight of what the holidays are truly meant to embody – giving back. When you give back, through small or big acts, you’re igniting a different kind of holiday spirit. It’s a chance to help others, but also to inspire yourself and those around you. 

Are you unsure where to begin? Here are some tips to get involved and give back to your community this holiday season. 

Tips for Increasing Productivity

Over the last decade, it seems like duties for any business leader have skyrocketed. Between responding to emails, managing direct reports, and taking care of the day-to-day functions of a business, there's just more to do in a day than anyone has time for. Faced with this challenge, it's critical for leaders and employees alike to stay productive, and there are a number of tips and tricks to help you improve productivity and take care of the important things. In my role as Chairman of Heartland Dental, there are a few things I always rely on to maintain productivity: 

Promoting Ethics in the Workplace

Sometimes, I read headlines and it makes me think that the only thing that matters in this society is profit. "New Startup Raises $600 Million in Funding"; "Apple Reaches Record Margins"; "Company X Acquired for $1 Billion." The business community sometimes seems like the only thing it cares about is making money. 

Profit may be the bottom line on a balance sheet, but in my experience, it's not the bottom line of a business. And what goes deeper, and is more important, than profit? Ethics.

The Best Investment

Warren Buffet, one of the world's most successful investors, gave a talk at his alma mater, the University of Nebraska.  At the end of the talk, a student in the audience raised his hand excitedly and asked him, "What should I invest in?".

What was the 'Sage of Omaha's' advice?  Stock in dynamic new technologies?  Or venerable American industries?  Buy gold?  His answer was none of these.  “The smartest investment a person can ever make,” he said, “is in themselves.”