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Episode 361

Lessons from Competing in the 2018 Ironman Triathlon World Championships with Dr. Brett Kessler

by Gary Takacs | December 19, 2018

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Gary enjoys taking things he learns outside the dental profession and then adapting and applying these concepts to dentistry.

Running time: 62:39

This interview with his friend Dr. Brett Kessler is a very good example of this concept. Recently, Brett competed in the Ironman Triathlon World Championships in Kona, Hawaii! This was the 40th Anniversary competition of the Ironman Triathlon World Championships and Brett did extremely well. The Ironman Triathlon starts with a 2.4 mile open water swim, followed by a 112 mile bike race, followed by a full 26.2 mile marathon!

In this interview Gary and Brett discuss; Brett’s experience with substance abuse (alcohol and drugs) and recovery, the recent celebration of Brett’s 20 years of sobriety on October 21, 2018, Brett’s message and example of life after recovery, his true reason and driving force for competing in the 2018 Ironman Triathlon World Championships, the five important lessons Brett learned in training for and successfully competing in the 2018 Ironman Triathlon World Championships, which are;

1) The importance of mindset; whatever you believe is true,
2) Bad days happen; everything is an opportunity to learn,
3) Discipline is so very important,
4) The things you focus on will improve and grow,
5) How to use visualization to achieve your goals,

The interview concludes with a discussion of what’s next for Brett including more involvement with organized dentistry. You will enjoy Brett’s story of this incredible athletic challenge and how the things he learned can be applied to dentistry!

Links for the ‘Let’s Ask David’ segment with Dr. David Hornbrook:

Website for Gary’s New ‘Less Insurance Dependence’ podcast:

Link to the Less Insurance Dependence Podcast:

Link to previous Thriving Dentist Show interview with Dr. Brett Kessler (Avoiding the Risks of Substance Abuse with Dr. Brett Kessler):

Link to Thriving Dentist Show interview with Dr. Bob Frazer (The Power of Applied Strategic Planning with Dr. Bob Frazer):

Link to Brett’s Blog post about his Ironman experience:

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