|Year : 2017 | Volume
| Issue : 3 | Page : 99-100
The sun will rise and we shall start again
Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Karnavati School of Dentistry, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India
|Date of Web Publication||15-Sep-2017|
Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Karnavati School of Dentistry, Gandhinagar, Gujarat
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
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Bhatt R. The sun will rise and we shall start again. Adv Hum Biol 2017;7:99-100
Often, we start our daily tasks as if it being a difficult one.
Be it a simple road traffic incident, teaching to a dental student or doing our daily dental clinic practice.
Why do we do that? Are we compelled to do more things? Have we done enough? Have we pushed ourselves really good enough? Finally your happy where you are?
We always answer this as ‘may be’ or ‘I think’ or ‘mostly’ but we are never too sure.
The whole idea of writing this editorial is to understand what is it called to get success in dentistry.
We as dentists always have been worried about competition. There are currently over hundreds of dental colleges producing BDS and MDS every year.
Imagine.YES it's true, but still in Indian scenario we are short of dentists to match up with the dentist/population ratio.
So what's gonna happen next? More crowding?
Life will come and life will go. This reminds me of an incidence. I was travelling to Minnesota part of the USA and happened to stay at Saint Paul hotel. This hotel was already declared as heritage hotel in the world.
Since then, time has passed and competition rose in Minnesota as it wasn't a very big city of USA, and there must have been difficulties in getting all the rooms booked. So one day over my stay there, I happened to have a little conversation with the guy who was there working at morning time in one of the convergence desks, and I happened to ask about the competition around in hotel business; he said, quite swiftly, that hotels have come and gone and this place is standing tall.
I was surprised but in the depth of our entire conversation I realised that what exactly makes it standing tall.
Commitment, customer- first attitude, staff retention, every one working with an ownership responsibility, constant remodelling of interiors and food menu, etc.
While I was on my flight back home, I realised certain things.
How much as clinicians do we upgrade ourselves by reading new things, attending seminars or conferences? Coz travelling makes you realise that what others are doing, how the world is working, your horizons about new equipment increase and your technical skill have a new direction.
We as dentists in our dental schools have been only taught dentistry but as an academician or clinician we have to lead from many fronts.
We need to know how to handle Human Resources part, finance management, marketing division, etc.
That's where we fail. We feel that we know all but remember always there will be one book in your shelf which must have been left to read. Still we always have a lot to learn in life. The day we start valuing our workforce we can build any industry.
The backbone of any great organisation is always its workforce. You must hire people in whom you can see the ability to work with ownership responsibilities. That changes everything and never underpay anyone. Every employee must know that money can't motivate you to work. Your passion is the true force that would motivate you because when you reach to the heights of money your desire and your zeal of working will fade away.
With a sense of belonging to any organisation comes respect. We know zero about handling our finances. All the more, the revenue system of a dental clinic is very tricky. The older era of dentistry has seen profit over 200%–500%. But now, due to increasing overheads and costs of dental materials and workforce, it seems difficult to achieve those numbers. But, I still believe dental profession has a great amount of profit compared to any other profession. Counting profit is quite different. The deduction of the amount of your total income to overheads, cost of dental materials, infrastructure and equipment burnout, money invested to the dental clinic, depreciation of interiors and equipment, your salary as a dentist and most importantly your retirement corpus justifies you high profit margin. That's how one should position oneself in the market and handle the finances accordingly.
Marketing has many faces because at the end of the day visibility is creditability. We can try with community health services, being part of some good non-governmental organisations, using internet as the next-generation tool.
So as dentists, we are heading from many fronts altogether along with being a good clinician. So, it's our prerogative to learn how to compartmentalise our life between Human Resources, marketing, finances and most importantly dental surgeries.
Beating the competition and standing tall comes when all the things fall in their respective place at the right time and every time. Success is never overnight. It's your hard work, commitment and perseverance in day-to-day work. As Sylvester Stallone says in his legendary movie ‘Rocky' – 'one punch at a time, one round at a time, one game at a time'. So don't overdo but do and keep doing it until you get the desired result. Sitting back and praying won't help you. Money floats over blood, and sweat is what you shed. There is only a great scope to succeed only if you are ready to remodel every day, prepare every day and challenge yourself every day. Believe me, your best competitor is you and not anyone else. I strongly believe that it's high time to come out from suffering from fear of missing out and it's high time to relish our own part of life. Grass is always greener on the other side. Our fears and worries are inside us that come from thinking too much. Stop thinking, start doing. Each moment, each minute of life is important and precious. Anything and everything you can earn back in life but not this time. I truly believe in one thing that water boils at 100° not at 99°, which means if you face a failure you must realise you might have given your 100% according to you but there must be one thing left to do which could have created success. Identification of that one element of success is very important. That only comes with routine practice of giving 100%, trying and trying until we get the success by keeping this attitude in mind. The sun will rise and we will start again.
The success is within you, no one can give that to you. You need to get it out by yourself.
According to me, success is 1% of hard work and 99% of attitude. Attitude changes everything.
I often meet lots of academicians be it a beginner or a teacher who is going to retire in a year. Most of them say there are no great students coming nowadays. No one wants to study because everyone wants to have fun. I strongly disagree. The generation has changed in a big way. It's up to us how much we remodel ourselves to fit to their equation. Breaking this code is not that difficult but understanding is. Getting best out of any dental student and making him a professional for next-generation practice needs next-generation techniques. Those age-old techniques should be brought in; the syllabus needs a change. Whatever we teach them they don't practice and what they need to practice we never teach and then we crib that the standard of dental profession is getting degraded. Frankly, we are the prime reason for it. I know that dental syllabus won't change overnight but your creativity as a teacher can. Let's incorporate more interactive sessions rather than those compulsory boring lecture series. Let's bring some evolving techniques of dental materials and expose undergraduate students with it. Add more and more research programmes and authentic evidence-based learning to post-graduations. Show them the world by sending them to some good exchange programmes or conferences and workshops. When a student comes to a dental school, he is a blank slate and let's carve something beautiful by amalgamation of art mixed with science called dentistry. A student's mind is not a vessel to fill but it has to be ignited.
So as a new dawn arises, we must rise and we should start again.