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Why be ordinary when you can be extraordinary!

By | Members, Newsletters, Non registered, Registered

Hello again 

In 1998 I was facing burn out and a high risk of leaving the profession for another career.  The way I was doing dentistry was not satisfactory.  My skills and knowledge were poor, a true reflection of the inadequate education delivered by the centre of excellence (cough cough) I qualified from in 1995.  A less than adequate VT experience followed by life as an associate in heavily deprived areas left me a tad disillusioned.  My health was suffering to a marked degree and I almost walked away.

One thing changed all that.  One day I was reading one of the dental rags and I saw a one year course advertised.  So I went on it.  One day a month for 12 months was a blessing, and I soon realised that the dentistry I was doing wasn’t the dentistry I should be doing.  I went from no courses a year to a complete course junky.  

That course was run by a man you may have heard of, Paul Tipton.  For those of you who haven’t a clue who I am talking about, Paul is a highly respected specialist in Prosthodontics, and has published many scientific articles in the dental press.  He is an expert lecturer in his field with Tipton Training Academiesin Manchester, Leeds, London, Edinburgh and Dublin.   After gaining his Masters Degree in Conservative Dentistry in 1989, he was awarded the Diploma in General Dental Practice four years later.  He received Specialist status in Prosthodontics in 1999 from the GDC, and he is currently the President of the British Academy of Implant Dentistry. He is one of the UK’s most successful dental teachers in the fields of Restorative, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry.  Over the last 20 years with more than 2000 dentists completing a year long certificate courses from one of the Tipton Training Academies (www.tiptontraining.co.uk).  His new Practical Restorative course, the one I just completed, starts in  London in March 2011.  If you are lucky there may still be places left, but you have probably missed the boat for that one.  Not to worry, that boat will dock again shortly.

Now many people have opinions about Paul, good and bad.  Let me say that I personally have a hell of a lot of respect for the guy, especially as I probably would no longer be doing dentistry if it wasn’t for him.  So it goes without saying that I highly recommend his courses.  I love the way HE doesn’t tell you what to do, he tells you what the REASEARCH tells you to do.

And I’ve done a lot of courses.  I’ve done the Eastman Certificate and Diploma, and to be honest, the Eastman is good, but it’s not as good as Tipton training.   In my opinion, Paul Tipton is exceptional at what he does, so much so that, as I have already said,  I redid his Phantom Head course recently down in London.  Well run, and a good learning experience.  Yes it’s not the cheapest, but then quality never is.  Hell I’ve done my fair share of cheap courses, and considered most of them to be a waste of the day.  It’s always discouraging when you leave the seminar with the sinking feeling that you actually know more than the lecturer.  That has never happened with Paul.

Now then, what’s this really about?  I know you Steve Hudson, you’re upto something aren’t you?  Well, as it happens I have a reason for talking about Tipton training.  I was so impressed by the last course I did, I felt obliged to become a raging fan.  So I asked Paul if he had any objections to my promoting his courses. 

What a stupid question that was.  

I have also managed to get my subscribers a deal when it comes to doing Tipton training.  Specifically, the deal relates to the 1 year aesthetics course which I believe still has several places.  I did this course back in 2000 and found it extremely enlightening.  The following link will tell you more about it.

Aesthetic course – PDF

 

In summary here is the deal offered:

Aesthetic Course: 13 days, 1 per month, Manchester only

  • The course is priced at £399 + VAT per course day and starts on 8th April 2011
  • Special Deal for anyone that quotes “GDP Resources” while booking is that you will be offered a further £20 off per course day. So youwill get the Aesthetic Course at £379 + VAT per course day.

 

If you are interested, you can email  Vivek Gupta on behalf of Tipton Training at  vivekg@tiptontraining.co.uk, and tell him I sent you. 

To find out more about Tipton Training and the large array of courses they offer,  visit www.tiptontraining.co.uk

If you have any questions, or want to know more about Pauls courses, you can contact me though the contact form on this website.  I will be more than happy to answer any of your questions. 

Normal unrepentant ranting resumes next week

Yours in commerce

Dr Stephen Hudson BDS, MFGDP, DRDP

Please help support the Sick Dentist Scheme and the BDA Benevolent fund by buying my products.  A proportion of the profits from all sales are split equally between these two charities

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Disclaimer: S.Hudson or SNH Publications will not be held liable for any actions taken based on the information provided in this newsletters.  This information is for entertainment only.

The Void

By | Non registered, Uncategorized

Hello again

This will be the last newsletter in this format that you will receive. Next Friday my new website goes LIVE, and the newsletters will be delivered via a different system. You will each receive an opportunity to become members to the new site, which will allow you continued FREE access to this newsletter, plus the new newsletter archive that will be available.

It’s been a long time coming, let me tell you. I had planned this revamp three years ago, but life got in the way. But when life kicks you, you just have to get up off the floor, dust yourself off and fight back. Because if you stay down on your knees…. well, you just make a much easier target.

“Never, never, never, never, never give up” – Winston Churchill

This is why I preach what i preach about saving and investing rather than spending every last penny you have and more besides. If you have a financial buffer set aside, it makes it easier to deal with the shite that life can throw at you. Worrying about money is the last thing you want to be dealing with in times like that.

But, I’m getting side tracked. With the new website comes a brand new product with another 3 in the pipeline. The new product is a 6 month personal development course that comes with 6 hours of verifiable CPD. I will be adding vCPD to most of the new products as well, to help you guys deal with the ever growing burden being put upon your shoulders. Of course what I discovered was just how bizarre the CPD requirements of the GDC are. They don’t actually check the course content or the course organisers. They are not prescriptive as they say. Now where have I heard that before…….

Ah yes, the CQC

Have you noticed that they haven’t actually told you exactly what evidence they want to see for proof of compliance? Have you noticed you are having to employ the services of third parties to help gather this evidence. How the hell can you have a contract (which is effectively what registration is) between 2 parties, if the party that has the power to impose sanction doesn’t tell the other party EXACTLY how they are to comply? Now I’m no expert, and that sounds like breach of contract to me.

I believe this has been done deliberately. It’s the same reason you can’t go a week without breaking one of many laws out there, laws that you may not have even known existed. It is done deliberately to control you, to keep you watching the great box ticking exercise whilst the real agenda is unfolding behind the curtain. And this isn’t the CQC’s fault, they are victims here as well. They have had the Health and Social Care Act dumped on the from a great height, and I actually think they are doing the best they can with the resources they have. So you can get angry at them if you want, but all you will be doing is shooting the messenger.

But why do I say it is about control? Well, you see governments don’t want a financially independent middle class with time on their hands to engage in critical thought. They want you busy busy busy jumping over hurdles and leaping through ever smaller hoops of fire, sucking up the opinions and the advertising hypnosis from your TV. They want you worried and cowed, living in fear so that you don’t cause them too many problems. They want you in debt, so that you will bow down to your corporate and banking masters.

“Crikey Steve, what on Earth have you been smoking?”

This isn’t some great conspiracy. It isn’t men in suits in a smoke filled room plotting the overthrow of the free world. It is just a natural progression of democracy, where the gravy train requires more and more of the public’s money to finance itself. Unfortunately there comes a point where there is no more money, and we are close to that now. The so called Austerity cuts are a mirage, an illusion. If they were really serious about cutting the budget, they could cut £100 billion a year, without removing one single part of the socialist benefit system……. but of course it would mean decimating the tracks of the elite’s gravy train. And that isn’t going to happen, so they do the next best thing. They take more money from YOU. And YOU let them.

Now some people will look at their rising taxes, burdensome red tape and obnoxious officialdom and will get angry. Some will be overwhelmed by fear and despair. This is the reaction the Powers That Were want from you. They want you ranting and quivering in your boots. They want you to write them nasty letters and to fear the post man. Those who are afraid will not listen to those that are angry. And those whose faces are red with fury will do little when push actually comes to shove, as we have seen time and again. The protestors always go home. Only when people get absolutely desperate, only when they are close to losing everything, only then do they lose it. And whilst we will see protests and riots over the coming years in this country, the Powers that Were will do everything they can to keep the middle class just above the threshold of losing it, because they know that every revolution in history has been instigated by the middle class. The Powers that Were have learned much from history. I wish them luck with their balancing act.

No, some say what the Powers that Were fear are those who look at them with a cold critical eye. Who smile knowingly when they release their latest fear propaganda, who shake their heads in amusement at the latest regulatory noose. It is said that they fear people who read books, and who don’t get trapped in dogma and mindless opinions of topics they know little about. Perhaps they fear those who can calmly see through the spin, through the lies to uncover the real agenda. Maybe what they truly fear is that the middle class will start to reject the system itself, will reject the whole concept of a constitutional monarchy. We give them their legitimacy, we give them the right to rule. But they can only do that if the social contract exists. Without the middle class, the system will not work, will not function. The wheels will not be oiled, and the gears will not be greased without the middle class. And that is what they fear the most, that their precious system will grind to a halt. And I for one would not want to see the system fail. Despite the inequality, despite the corruption and despite the festering cancer at its heart, the benefit privileges of the society still vastly exceed the realistic alternatives. I am happy to admit that I am invested in the system, even though there are parts of it I despise.

So the Powers that Were will play their games of control and manipulations. I say let them have their games, you don’t have to take part. Switch off your TV. Shut down your computer. Throw away that newspaper. They will play groups off against each other, and parade their nobility across the media, but you won’t be watching. Remember, living in fear and anger does nothing for your health. You can’t make effective decisions in this mindset

So let me ask you this question. When was the last time you just sat, eyes closed, and did nothing for an hour? No talking, no distractions, no TV, now video games. Just sat, and listened to the gentle wind, to the tree branch caressing the window. I challenge you to find time to do this over the weekend. Just sit and ask yourself questions and wait for the answers to come. In other words, relax.

Victor Frankle, the Jewish psychiatrist who survived the German death camps proved that it is an individuals choice how they react to events. Living in fear and anger are a choice you make. It is not the CQC, the GDC or the lawyers that make you afraid. The one doing the fear is YOU. Why would you do that to yourself?

So just sit, breathe deeply and slowly. There is time for fear and anger, but it isn’t now. Now is the time to be still, and to realise that in the great scheme of things, none of it actually matters. It doesn’t matter at all.

Yours in commerce

Stephen: Hudson the authorised representative for the legal fiction Dr Stephen Hudson BDS, MFGDP, DRDP

The land of Austerity

By | Non registered

I have been busy these last few days. I don’t normally appreciate enforced holidays, but this year they have been quite handy. There are several changes that you will see shortly with GDP Resources. Firstly there is the new website which is nearly ready. All the content is complete, we have just to upload the products for download to the new server and set up the paypal links. That’s all in the hands of my webmaster.

Next I have 3 new products on the go. One is virtually complete and the second is being done now. The plan is for these to come with verifiable CPD, just waiting to hear from the GDC on that, which as I am sure you can understand, sometimes takes an absolute age. The third product won’t be out for some time, and it relates to HTM 0105 and the CQC. Only so many hours in the day unfortunately.

I have also written out my goals using my Mastermind Alliance product (remember, I originally did it for myself), and have set some very strict financial challenges to accomplish. There will be strong spending restrictions, and increased revenue via structures to limit tax. And that’s just on the personal side.

Shame the government can’t pull their finger out and do the same. The beloved Chancellor took a very small hatchet to the national finances, cutting spending by £8 billion……. and the promptly promised half of that to Ireland. They are still spending like maniacs, as has been seen by the record deficit last month. Don’t forget of course, that’s your money they are spending.

Of course my opinions on this are irrelevant. I know about as much about the nations finances as I do about quantum physics………. basically enough to make it sound like I know what I’m talking about. So I will concentrate on the finances I can control, my own. This is going to be a very testing and interesting year.

If you have not already down so, getting control of your spending would probably be advisable right about now. Of course nothing in this newsletter should be seen as financial advice, heaven forbid. Just thought I would pop that in to keep the lawyers happy. It would seem to me that reducing your outgoings and increasing you incomings would be a tad prudent right now. I feel I have no need to mention the CQC and HTM 0105, which I feel are both topics beaten to death recently.

So let’s look at the average Brit. Just look at the price of petrol, which will increase the price of all other goods due to increased transport costs. Oh look, VAT. The UK consumer is about to get squeezed, especially if interest rates go up, which they pretty much have to unless the spike in commodity prices gets itself under control. Strange how the measure of international shipping (the Baltic Dry Index) is in the toilet showing trade between countries is way down, and yet commodities are up in the stratosphere. Copper and Gold being fine examples. There’s something not right about that.

The American consumer certainly isn’t the cause, despite the pathetic psychotic scenes of American shoppers fighting to get into shops to buy pointless Chinese plastic trinkets (that they didn’t need) just after the Thanksgiving holidays. Speaking of China, let’s not mention the empty cities, completely built but with no-one to live in them. Let’s not mention the billions of cars and trucks sat unsold in huge fields or the billions of square feet of new office space that remains empty. Yes, perhaps we shouldn’t go there.

This recession is far from over. In fact it’s probably only just started. So are you prepared? Are you ready to weather the storm that’s gathering on the horizon? Because if you’re ready then you will be there to witness the dawn of a new day with clear skies and soft breezes. You may even be able to profit from the situation.

But if you’re not ready, if you’re still living beyond your means, living pay cheque to pay cheque, then that storm’s going to hit you right where it hurts.

And perhaps I’m wrong, it certainly wouldn’t be the first time. Perhaps the economy is set to take off and boom like never before. And how would it hurt to have lower debts, lower expenses and a ready store of cash?

But I’m not here to tell you what to do. It’s just that I have the same sense of unease as I did at the start of 2008. Only this time I think most people sense it too. We are starting to see how truly fragile our society is. A few days of bad weather and the local Tesco saw its shelves empty because people weren’t prepared so they panicked. A few weeks of sub zero temperatures and the water infrastructure of Northern Ireland starts to collapse, and the national water board struggles to cope. A few days of snow and the world’s busiest airport shuts down, and turns into a basket case because it wasn’t prepared. They hadn’t factored in the worst case scenario. So when the snow fell, and to be fair it wasn’t even all that much, they were left undermanned, underfunded and overwhelmed.

Not a good position to be in when a crisis hits.

So have you made your plans to protect you, your family and your business? Or are you just going to wing it? After all, everything will probably be ok. And hey, we’re British, so stiff upper lip for Queen and country eh old bean. Stay calm and carry on.

It is very easy to be accused of being a pessimist when you talk like this. But that’s a bit like saying you’re a paranoid doom monger because you have insurance for your business, or a spare tyre for your car. We have these things for a reason. We have these things because sometimes the practice floods or you walk out of Sainsbury’s to find you’ve got a flat tyre. Preparation is not paranoia, it’s common sense.

How many people in Northern Ireland do you think will be keeping a few cases of bottled water in the cellar from now on?

How many people have now bought snow socks for their tyres or grit for their drive way?

Doing this after the fact at least shows you learnt the lesson……….. but it’s a hell of a lot better to do it before the fact.

Be prepared, that’s what the scouts always say isn’t it. Do your SWOT analysis, or whatever way you want to do it, but get yourself ready. Yes the storm clouds may pass off into the distance and the sun may come out. But what do you think? Personally, I think this year is likely to be one hell of a ride.

Yours in commerce

Stephen: Hudson the authorised representative for the legal fiction Dr Stephen Hudson BDS, MFGDP, DRDP

Slavery

By | Non registered

Hello again.

I know it’s totally unlike me, but I am going to discuss a controversial topic.
Slavery……….. specifically financial slavery.

You see, we in the western world have been conned. We were brought up with an idea, a blueprint if you will of what is expected of us (I am basing this on the career path of a professional person):

  • Go to school
  • Leave school with good grades
  • Either take a year out or go to University
  • Qualify
  • Start career
  • Start a pension
  • Buy a car
  • Meet someone
  • Buy a house
  • Get married
  • Have children
  • Buy a new car
  • Buy a bigger house
  • Build up a business
  • Send children to university
  • Sell business
  • Retire
  • Play with grandchildren
  • Potter about
  • Die leaving a vast portion of your wealth to the state

A perfectly acceptable life. The thing is, there is no law that says you should live your life like that. There’s nothing wrong with it, it’s just very conventional. Here is another Blueprint

  • Get born to an impoverished household
  • Go to school
  • Fail miserably in your exams
  • Leave with no qualifications
  • Be told you will amount to nothing
  • Get arrested
  • Be told it’s either the army or prison
  • Enlist
  • Go to Vietnam
  • Get enlisted in Navy intelligence
  • Volunteer for covert ops
  • Leave with $900 in your pocket
  • Start your own energy supply business using your kitchen room table, a phone book and a third hand fax machine
  • Win a $400 million contract to supply diesel to the federal government
  • Supply that diesel
  • Marry the one woman you ever loved
  • Have children
  • Move to UK
  • Buy a castle in Scotland
  • Build the business up till it can be traded on UK stock exchange
  • Sell your stake in said business for several billion pounds
  • Hunt crocodiles in Africa
  • Become a consultant to the rich
  • Live the high life

Now that’s a blueprint. The second person defied all convention and defied accepted practice. He made his life his own, starting from nothing.

As professionals, the majority of us will make a large amount of money in our working career. But we will also spend most of that money and find ourselves having to work into our late 50’s and early 60’s so that we can retire. Parkinson’s law states “all expenses rise to meet available income”. You spend most of your working life working because you HAVE to, not because you WANT to. And if you truly love what you do, then this is no bad thing. To do a job you love, and do it well is one of life’s rare gifts.

Unfortunately most people don’t discover this gift under their Christmas tree. Most people get trapped in a job they hate that they know they can’t leave because they have bills to pay. Think about that for a second. They get a job they don’t like to pay for the house they want to live in close to the job they don’t like. They then spend money filling that house with stuff to take their mind off the job they don’t like…….. that they just spent time at so as to get the money to pay for all their stuff.

Absolute madness.

But it goes further. They even borrow money they don’t have, to buy more stuff that they don’t need, and pay back vastly more than the money they borrowed…… which means they have to keep working at a job they hate. That my friends is slavery……….. VOLUNTARY slavery. Have a look at the people around you in the cars, the buses, the trains and on the pavements the next time you travel to work. Play spot the happy face.

You won’t see any.

And what about you? How are you when you roll into work on a Monday morning? What image are you giving off to your staff? Are you a:

“Oh, fecking hell, it’s Monday.”

Or are you

“It’s SHOWTIME!!!”

Just a thought. So what can you do? Well, here’s the strangest of things. Your financial freedom plan should be the same, whether you love your job or hate it. In my Mastermind Alliance product, you get a piece of software that lets you calculate your freedom figure. This is the amount of money you need in the bank, so that the interest from this money pays all your expenses.
That figure is what you should be working towards. Because once you reach it, you no longer HAVE to work. But there’s nothing stopping you carrying on working if you want to.

And here’s a radical concept for you. Your will reach your financial freedom figure quicker……….. if you don’t spend all your money on crap that you think will make you happy. And there’s nothing wrong with fancy holidays in the Maldives………. but if you don’t like your job, is it worth sacrificing 50 weeks of the year just to pay for 2? Is that flash new BMW worth working an extra year at your job?
And come on guys, do you really want to be relying on your pension for your old age? Have you seen how volatile the stock market has become recently……… it’s still lower than it was 10 years ago. Invest for the long haul?……..HA! (That wasn’t financial advice by the way, just so you know).
Here’s my blueprint

  • Go to school
  • Question everything they tell you
  • Get good grades anyway
  • Decide early what you want to do in life
  • Do it, and if you don’t love it do something else
  • If it floats your boat, find someone special to spend your life with.
  • Become financially secure
  • Become financially free
  • Have enough money to live your dreams
  • Die with a big cheesy grin on your face
  • Do it all again in the next life

You are both the slave and the slave master. Time to choose which one you want to be for the rest of your life.

Regards

Stephen Hudson BDS, MFGDP, DRDP

Please help support the Sick Dentist Scheme and the BDA Benevolent fund by buying my book at Choose Your Reality. A proportion of the profits from its sale are split equally between these two charities

PS: Please feel free to pass this newsletter onto anyone you feel may be interested in it

Disclaimer: S.Hudson or SNH Publications will not be held liable for any actions taken based on the information provided in this newsletters. This information is for entertainment only.

Your children will look at you 10 years from now with nothing but contempt

By | Non registered

The following was sent to me by an anonymous source, and has asked me to print it.  So here it is.

“You see that the country is collapsing into a fetid pit of paper pushing, over regulation and newspeak, and yet you do nothing.  After all what on earth can you do?  You are but one man/woman.  Someone forgot to tell that to Rosa Parks.

You sit at home, watching your TV and mumble softly into your Shiraz because there is nothing you can do.  Someone forgot to tell that to Ghandi.

Another regulation is dumped on you from a great height and you grumble, but carry on regardless because there is nothing you can do.  Someone forgot to tell Martin Luther King that there was nothing he could do.

You voted for the Lib/Con coalition, but you forgot that their best intentions would be destroyed by the beast that is parliament, so you carry on regardless because there is nothing you can do.  If only someone had told Lech Wa??sa this.

You read the Daily Mail and chunter about the madness you see there.  But again you do nothing because there is nothing you can do.  If only Neslon Mandella had listened to the naysayers 

Your children will come to you 10 years from now and ask you WHY you let this all happen.

And you will answer that you were afraid.  You were afraid of being judged.  you were afraid you will be ridiculed.  You were afraid that the agents would come knocking on your door and ask you for your “papers”.  You were afraid that you were wrong.  you were afraid that you were right.

Can you look your child in the eye and say you are handing over a world fit for them to live in?

I merely ask the question”

Worth thinking about.