September 5, 2015
In a recent article, “How to Be Thrilled in Dentistry (for the First Time?),” Dr. Peter Auster shares the secret of how he fell in love with his job, and decided to help other dentists just like him fall in love with dentistry all over again (or even for the first time). Dr. Auster’s article developed from his similarly title seminar series. Dr. Auster’s love of dentistry and encouragement of his peers makes an impact for those in dentistry, but it is also a call to action for working adults everywhere: love what you do and do what you love. You may be thinking that’s easier said than done, but Dr. Auster provides 3 straightforward guidelines for being happy in your chosen field: find your passion, never stop learning, and work with people you trust.
To Thine Own self be True
According to Dr. Auster, the first step down the road to learning to love being a dentist is knowing what it is that you love about it. Find some aspect of dentistry you can be passionate about. For Dr. Auster that was treating complex, cosmetic cases. He didn’t have to change his job, start over from scratch, or give up on the career he invested so much time and money in. Instead, he found the part of his job he loved the most and found a way to make that his focus.
Know What You Know – Know What You Don’t Know
Once you’ve determined what your passion is, find a way to hone your skills. Participate in continuing education programs or seminars (maybe even consider one of Dr. Auster’s upcoming seminars), read a book, find a mentor. Don’t be afraid to become the expert. According to famed advice columnist, Ann Landers, “Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don’t recognize them.” It may not be easy, but if you’ve found a job you love, don’t be afraid of the hard work it may take to get it.
Two Heads are better Than One – Usually
Ever heard someone jokingly say, “This job would be great if it weren’t for the people?” Well, Dr. Auster believes that the best jobs are great because of the people. He recommends surrounding yourself with coworkers you look forward to seeing, working with specialists you can trust whenever necessary, and helping to support your community every chance you get. According to Dr. Auster, “The joy of helping someone else in need trumps anything you can do to help yourself.”
Not a Dentist? You Don’t Need to Be
Even if you’re not in the dental field, you can benefit from Dr. Auster’s research, insight, and experiences. Discover what you love about your job. Dedicate yourself to life-long learning, and surround yourself with people you love and respect. If you manage to do all of that, you would have to work harder to be unhappy with your job. Call to schedule your appointment in the Pomona, NY area at Cosmetic Dentistry Associates where we’re passionate about providing the best possible care for our patients.
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