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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.

Omid Azami

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Strategies: How to Overcome Setbacks As A Dentist

This week, I’m here to talk about how to deal with setbacks in your clinical career and some strategies you can use to progress and move past these setbacks.
I want to centre the talk around a quote by Ray Dalio, billionaire investor, hedge fund manager and author of the book “Principles: Life & Work,” in which he talks about different strategies and lessons he learnt while running Bridgewater Associates, one of the largest hedge funds in the history of the United States. One of his go-to quotes in the book is “Pain plus reflection equals progress”. This quote really spoke to me while I was reading the book, and as a clinician, I was reminded of all the times I experienced minor setbacks in my clinical career but didn’t know how to overcome it. As somebody working in a clinical set-up with patients, there are many times when clinical procedures do not go as arranged. Complications arise, things take longer than originally planned, or the outcomes are not as favourable as you had hoped for. This happens with everybody starting out with their clinical careers.

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