I can break accountability into two forms- one is internal accountability and the other is external accountability. Internal accountability is the accountability you have with yourself. You set a goal, a target or a task you want to accomplish, one that no one really knows about. It’s something only you know about and can hold yourself accountable to. They say that goal setting is one of the most important forms of internal accountability so it’s important to set strategic useful goals for yourself.
For the past couple of years I have become obsessed with the idea and practice of self improvement. I have bought into the notion that seemingly inconsequential actions and habits compounding overtime, can and will create meaningful change in your life.
The Weekly Mentorship Podcast series and this blog are my attempt to consolidate my own understanding of these concepts and to hopefully share with you some of the lessons I have learned in trying to implement these things.
I am no expert. I am just a life-long student and practitioner working to get a little better day to day.
How to maximize your experience in dental school during the pandemic? I empathize with the situation dental students are in right now because of all the restrictions placed due to COVID. They’ve been out of clinics and unable to get the hands-on experience they would have gotten during regular dental school to build basic foundational skills required for their clinical career. For the dental students listening in from Australia, Canada or the US, the main thing to do is to look after yourself at this point. It’s quite stressful.
In this episode I want to tackle a quote by Bill Gates that’s made a big impact on how I look at different things in life. The quote goes something like this – “People overestimate what can be done in one year and underestimate what can be done in a decade.” To me this means that a lot of us are impatient, myself included. We are very impatient with our goals and with what we want to achieve. We’re always hungry to get things done quickly. Unfortunately, this can lead to burnout, dissatisfaction and loss of motivation.
I’ve had a long history with social media over the years. It’s done a lot for me in terms of growing my podcast and growing an audience that values my content. I first started using Instagram to post dental content when I was in my final year of dental school. At the time, it was a small community and it was fairly easy to know and follow most of the bigger dental accounts.
Today I want to talk about CPD (CE) and how you should plan your continuing dental education after dental school.
As we finish dental school and enter the workforce, for the first time we encounter the absence of a structured curriculum-based-learning that we got used to throughout our schooling and higher education. We begin to see lots of short courses and dental programs being advertised everywhere, each claiming to be the best. Some of our friends join new courses with up and coming clinicians while others join traditionally popular ones.
In this week’s episode, I want to talk about habits and why it’s important to (1) identify undesirable habits in your day-to-day routine, and (2) how you can go about changing these habits to create a more productive workflow in your day.
The concept of habits and what it entails became clear to me after I read the book “The Power Of Habit” by Charles Duhigg. The basic premise of the book is the “Habit Loop” in which Charles talks about different cues in the day like eating breakfast or coming home from work, and the actions these cues trigger in us.
This week, I want to follow up on a blog I recently wrote for CPD Junkie about some real life lessons I learnt from running.
Running has become a big part of my life in the past couple years. To be honest, I have had a love hate relationship with running till now. Back in high school, when I was younger, I really hated running. I remember in gym class when we were required to go for a run around the park, I would hang back from the crowd and try to lose them whenever I could. I would duck into the trees and bushes in the park, and hide until my classmates got a little away from me and out of sight. I would then make my way across the park to the running loop and join the back of the pack as they started headed back towards school.
In our clinical practice, we come across many situations daily, where good communication is key for case acceptance and happy patients. Today, I want to talk about the importance of some communication tools we can use as clinicians to reach out to our patients effectively and give them the best possible treatment.
It’s crucial to have competent communication skills and systems in place to get through to patients about what’s going on in their mouths. You should be able to communicate the risks and benefits of different procedures skillfully and ultimately get case acceptance with your patients. Without case acceptance, you will never be able to build your books.
This week, I want to centre the discussion around a quote by Jim Rohn, which reads – “You are the average of the five people you hang out with the most.” As fresh graduates who’ve just finished dental school and entered clinical practice, it’s quite easy to become disconnected from friends and colleagues, and isolate ourselves with work. I want to highlight the importance of having a supportive group of friends or mentors in your life, to help you get to where you want, in your clinical career or just life in general.
A couple weeks ago, I gave a listen to Angela Duckworth’s Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance. It was an amazing book and I’m hoping to summarise it in this blog for you.
Dr. Angela Duckworth is a psychologist and the Founder & CEO of “Character Lab.” In her book Grit, Dr. Duckworth explains how she decided to interview successful people from all walks of life; from navy seals to national spelling bee champions to professional athletes to successful entrepreneurs. The answer she was looking for was simple; what does it take to be successful? Within any profession, why are some people more successful than others? What quality decides success; is it talent, is it effort or is it a combination of the two?