3 years ago I was deeply unhappy in life…
Whilst I did enjoy dentistry…
Things weren’t going particularly well at the practice I was in.
I’m not one to point fingers, everything in life is a two way street…. we have to acknowledge that in ANY scenario.
It’s the outcome of any situation that is one of the most important parts.
…and the fact is I was dissatisfied with life in general – I just accepted it as if it was ok.
(not how life should be for an extended period)
What hurt the most at the time was I really didn’t feel there was any alternative and that I had to stay and make it work.
I reflect on this now and see how it was really my brain telling me to stay in my comfort zone.
It was keeping me content in my discontent.
A series of life events including a knee op pushed me to take action.
I foolishly returned to work prematurely after this operation because I thought my knee would be ok (over optimism).
Every day I was returning to work my knee was swelling up and becoming more and more painful.
I knew long term joint issues would arise if I continued.
It pushed me to do something about the situation that I should’ve done a long time ago… and probably never would have done otherwise.
I took some time out of dentistry to recover mentally and physically.
I had no idea if Id really messed my knee up long term… or what the future held career wise.
I had to wait until things got really bad before I did SOMETHING.
(please don’t be like me)
Safe to say it was a massive low point.
Because I’d spent many years before that obsessing over crypto and finance books (alongside books on teeth as well) – I always thought it would be cool to start a community around this.
Dentistry was the community that had given me so much – who better to speak to than the profession I owed a lot to.
I had some time on my hands so I guess now was the moment.
It was definitely a huge personal growth thing to post my first video on social media – I still remember my finger hovering over the “post” button before making myself do it haha.
After that some other people joined the group as well and it grew – with time it became something much bigger than me.
…and that’s really cool.
I found a way to express all the stuff I believe in all day every day.
The things that massively helped me and I believed would help others too.
The best part is that hopefully Dentists Who Invest will be here in some form long after I’m gone too.
I look back on the tough shit and now feel genuinely grateful – it pushed me to take action and some awesome stuff would have never happened otherwise.
I wanted to share this because I know some reading have felt/may be feeling similar.
Just know you aren’t alone – there are people out there who have likely went through what you’re going through.
They are the people that can guide and help.
Taking action and doing something seems scary can actually be something amazing and great.
*”The only thing that’s certain in life is that if we don’t change anything then everything stays the same.” *- a saying that I love.
My wisdom would be not to let it get it get really bad first (like me) – it’s just delaying the inevitable and prolonging unhappiness.
There are limitless opportunities on this earth. Sometimes we just have to open some doors to see what we will find.
If you open enough doors then one day you’ll find the thing that lights you up on the other side.
Then we can all get back to what’s really important which is being happy.
*NOT FINANCIAL ADVICE