Lemons

It’s not abnormal for a business owner/entrepreneur to get a basket of lemons on a regular basis.

Come on, you know what I’m talking about.

Here’s the scene: Things are going really well. Business is booming, the lab cases are arriving on time and the adjustments are few if any, pts keep paying you compliments about your chairside abilities (you think you’re pretty cool), and your team is getting along great.

Then you’re served with a lawsuit.

Or, you go to lunch with the team and one of them corners you and says, “I’m quitting.”

Yes, it happens all the time. After 10, 12, 20, 30 years, you just EXPECT it to happen at all the right times. Am I right or am I right?

It’s just all part of running a business and dealing with people.

[Those who are best at dealing with people and astute about running their businesses/practices, are the best, most successful owners. Period. You and I occasionally come across the doofus that should never have been given a license to run a business of any kind. Everything from the restaurant owner to, yes, even a Dentist. If your personality is such that you ENJOY dealing with people, then you’ll be successful as you learn and acquire the other skills necessary to run a practice. If you’re not wired in such a way, save yourself some money and misery and become the employee dentist. Nothing wrong with that.]

Guy once told me that the sooner you figure out what you stink at and stay away from those things, the wealthier and happier you’ll be. Great advice.

Now, in dealing with the lemons life throws at you, follow another gent’s great advice: Turn ‘em into Lemonade.

If you have an office manager quit, then good. Wish them well and send them on their way. Then, look from within for their replacement. All change, eventually, is positive, no matter WHAT it is.

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