Episode 488

No Coasting – A Lesson from Terry Bradshaw

Host: Gary Takacs | Published Date: May 19, 2021 | Listening Time: 00:56:44

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This episode is about why you shouldn’t be coasting if you want your practice to be a world-class dental practice. Gary also talks about the story of Terry Bradshaw and explains why you must stop coasting if you wish to have a thriving dental practice.

This episode also features a clinical tip from Dr. Chris Marchack, DDS.

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Many dental practices have hit the pause button on developing their practice because of the COVID Pandemic, but it can be on pause forever. So now practices need to set a goal and work towards it. In this episode, Gary will talk of ways to make sure your practice is not coasting and work towards becoming a thriving dental practice.

Time Stamps

Today’s Thriving Dentist Clinical Tip

  • 00:02:49 – How to Fabricate a provisional crown by Dr. Chris Marchack, DDS.

Coaching In Action

  • 00:10:20 – Gary shares a back story of Discus Dental.
  • 00:12:57 – Gary shares a story of Terry Bradshaw.
  • 00:19:46 – How does Terry Bradshaw’s story apply to dentists today?
  • 00:22:45 – Gary shares a story about Michael Jordan.
  • 00:23:46 – Gary talks about the 2% who achieve mastery in dentistry.
  • 00:27:40 – Gary talks about  the longest running play on Broadway as a reference to why you shouldn’t coast.
  • 00:29:10 – What are some things a dentist can do to make sure they are not coasting?
  • 00:30:52 – Gary talks about his mentors.

Q&A Segment

  • 00:33:03 – Question 1 – I have recently purchased a practice and like yours was Gary the practice I purchased is a fixer-upper. I feel a bit overwhelmed. There is so much to do. Where would you start?
  • 00:37:27 – Question 2 – In terms of major initiatives can you name one project you have done at Life Smiles that has produced awesome results.
  • 00:41:36 – Question 3 – How can I get my team members interested in growing the practice as I am?
  • 00:49:57 – Question 4 – Like so many practices we deliberately hit pause on projects for the past year because of Covid 19. Is now the right time to get back on the accelerator?


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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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