Episode 499

Lessons from Steve Jobs Applied to Dentistry

Host: Gary Takacs | Published Date: August 4, 2021 | Listening Time: 00:50:24

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Think of the first person who comes to your mind as a role model or an inspiration, especially for entrepreneurs?

Most entrepreneurs, businessmen, great leaders, and even ordinary people are inspired by this particular person named “Steve Jobs.” 

Steve Jobs is considered a great legend mainly because he always pushed himself towards perfection, and thus, was created “Apple.”

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In this episode, Gary and Naren discuss:

  1. Lessons of Steve Jobs applied to dentistry.
  2. The commencement address essentially revolves around three topics
  3. Are you creating a legacy?
  4. What would you need to change so that you begin to create a legacy?
  5. When will you begin to make those changes?

Special clinical tip by Doctor Sonia Chopra, a board-certified endodontist in Charlotte, North Carolina, and the creator/founder of e-school, an online endodontic education platform.

Time Stamps

  • 00:00:29 – Introduction to the episode.

Today’s Clinical Tip

  • 00:01:56 – How to improve your Endodontic diagnosis by Dr. Sonia Chopra, DMD.

Coaching In Action

  • 00:11:00 – Gary talk’s about Steve Jobs speech at Stanford University in 2005
  • 00:13:14 – Lesson Number 1
  • 00:15:56 – How to apply it in dentistry
  • 00:18:19 – Lesson Number 2
  • 00:19:07 – How to apply it in dentistry
  • 00:22:16 – What is Gary’s definition of a thriving practice?
  • 00:23:03 – Lesson Number 3
  • 00:25:50 – A question from Gary to all the doctors?

Q&A Segment

  • 00:28:39 – Question 1 – I am in an associateship where I was promised the opportunity for equity. It’s been just over 3 years. I am no closer to equity than we started. Any advice? 
  • 00:33:59 – Question 2 – Steve Jobs’s concept of finding what you love really resonates with me. I would love to have a cosmetic exclusive dental practice. Does that make sense?
  • 00:38:07 – Question 3 – Clearly Steve Jobs created a legacy. How can I do that in my dental practice?
  • 00:42:22 – Question 4 – It seems like dentistry doesn’t have much room for creativity. Frankly it is a bit of a conformist profession. How can I exercise my creativity within this profession?


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Gary Takacs

Gary Takacs Gary became a successful practice owner by purchasing a fixer-upper practice and developing it into a world-class dental practice. He is passionate about sharing his hard-earned insights and experiences with dental practices across the globe.

As a dental practice coach, Gary provides guidance for dental professionals on how to create a healthier practice style that lets them deliver excellent patient care while reducing depending on insurance.

More importantly, Gary’s insights are not just based on theory – as a co-owner of a dental practice, he has first-hand experience in making this transformation from a high-volume and low-fee insurance model to a fee-for-service approach that is more sustainable and promotes a patient-centric and financially healthy dental practice, and he is dedicated to sharing this knowledge with other dental practitioners via the popular Thriving Dentist Show!
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