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Hello again

You and I will hold different belief systems about a host of topics.  It may well be the case that if we were to sit down together, we would disagree on the exact steps of how to do an Occlusal amalgam, one of the first clinical things taught at dental school.  So considering this is something we know a great deal about, it shows you how difficult it is to reach a consensus on pretty much anything.  This is why the profession will always be divided.  Because we are self employed, we all have an individual philosophy on how to do dentistry.  We will have an individual income we expect to receive, an individual idea on what is and is not ethical treatment and an individual idea on the kinds of patients we would like to treat.  Unless a truly epic event occurs, we will remain unherded cats.

            It is fair to say that the patients I treat will be different in many ways to the patients you treat.  My personality, my values and my world view will likely be completely different to yours.  Yes we may have the same understanding when it comes to ethics and morality, but even there you will find subtle differences.  And I’m not trying to say I’m in some way superior by the way, far from it.  There is nothing, no truth, no law, no evidence that says what passes for consciousness in my cranium is the right way to think.  For all I know, I could be completely deluded….. deranged even.

What matters (to me) is being able to sleep at night, being comfortable with the fact that another dentist may one day view your dentistry, and the fact that the patient is happy with what you have done.  This is in my view what is important, you might not see things this way.  And as long as your treatment of an Occlusal amalgam is based on sound scientific principles based on evidence, it doesn’t really matter that your technique is different to mine.  It is the results and the experience that matters.

Life is exactly the same.  It doesn’t matter what you do so much as the experience and the end result.  I have as much respect for a multi billion pound business owner like Sir Richard Branson as I have for someone who can tend and nourish an award winning garden.  Both require commitment, dedication and expertise that many of us don’t have.  Both involve passion and resilience and commitment.  The same goes for a top athlete, a successful musician, a bestselling writer or a dentist at the top of his/her game.  All are expressions of excellence.  All are expressions of being all you can be.

Now of course life likes to get in the way occasionally, it likes to test us.  It thinks to itself,

“Hmmm, he wants to be rich.  Well let’s see how badly he wants it!”. 

And it gives you a kick right where it hurts.  Let’s have a look at some examples:

A) You’re sat there with your nice fat portfolio of stocks and then breaking news comes across that the World Trade Centre is on fire.  Over the next 2 weeks, your portfolio plunges in price and you find yourself worth a fraction of what you once did.

 B)You’re living a life many would envy.  You have a nice car, a nice house, good friends.  And then one day you wake up and you know something isn’t quite right with your son.  The next few weeks things deteriorate, and before you know it you’ve been told he’s dying and the doctors can’t help. 

C) You’re driving along, minding your own business, just over the speed limit when a child runs out into the road.  You don’t even have time to react.

Now before, you get too depressed, I’ll tell you why I’m being such a misery guts.  Most of us, at some time in our lives will reach a make or break moment.  Some of us will have more than one.  It is a defining moment, an instance when you are given a choice.  You can crawl up into a little ball and feel sorry for yourself and let your world cave in on you.  Or you can lift yourself up, dust yourself off and choose to stand and fight.  Both are reactions to the same situation, and both will result in entirely different outcomes.  So what would you do?

A) Do you throw your hands up in the air and say, what’s the point?  Do you in a fit of desperation throw yourself out of a window?  Or do you realise that most millionaires have been bankrupt at least once.  Do you realise that you can always make more money, and that a few digits on a  computer screen don’t actually define you and don’t actually matter in the great scheme of things.

B)Do you wallow in a pit of despair, and accept what the doctors have said and start planning the funeral.  Or do you choose to fight like the Odone’s when their son Lorenzo was diagnosed with a rare incurable and fatal disease.  They found their own cure called Lorenzo’s Oil.

C) A devastating event for most people.  A guy called Gary King experienced this when a five year old boy ran out and was killed by his car.  At the brink of suicide, King felt himself shift and realised that his life had been on the wrong path.  He now works as the Road Manager for Tony Robbins and has given talks to thousands of people on the power of truth.

As Napoleon Hill once said:

“Life’s opportunities often turn up disguised as impossible situations”

For real, this website would not exist if it hadn’t been for my health problems earlier in my practicing career.  A recent resurgence of those health problems resulted in the resurrection of this site, with a new emphasis.  I believe I became ill because I had started to drift, to lose focus and to neglect what was important.  My goals are now clear and concise with the help of the goal setting system I developed several years ago – The Mastermind Alliance

Strangely enough, although I’m not 100{ff71c3037dff5beb7dd55adc1b5b127705de899bd3c2cb9535e7f1468b6f6175} recovered, I’m certainly vastly better than I had been.  Funny how the doctors said that they couldn’t help, and it was something I would just have to live with because there was no cure.  You need to remember that a consultant is just a human being.  They don’t know everything, even though they might think they do sometimes.  They forget that patients often have the ability to cure themselves.

So perhaps there is opportunity in the coming of the CQC.  Perhaps if we all stop complaining and start accepting what cannot at present be changed, we can use this to our advantage.  And many of you will have noticed that my opinion of the CQC has changed (I started out believing you could fight them, now the evidence before me displays the futility of individual battles against them).  Yes it will cost you money and time, but there are people out there who will help you.  That is after all why there is a Can’t Quite Comply  product on this website too.  Also there are companies such as Appoline run by Keith Hayes.  He has done a free report explaining what you can actually expect from a CQC inspection.  If you email him at keith.hayes@apolline.uk.com I am sure he will be more than happy to send you a copy.

Like the Practice Plan CQC FAQi mentioned last time, it’s well worth a read.  And it explains why you need to cross all the T’s and dot all the I’s. 

Now get outside and enjoy the damn sunshine.

P.S.  I almost forgot, I found another resources for you at this website: http://mkldc.web.officelive.com/CQCUsefulTips.aspx

Speak to you next time

Dr Stephen Hudson BDS, MFGDP, DRDP

Correction

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Yesterday I said that Denplan had done a nice FAQ regarding CQC telephone interviews.  Unfortunately I got my facts wrong and it’s actually Practice Plan who did the FAQ.

Sorry about that, and if you want a copy, I am still happy to send it upon request. 

Keep well

Stephen Hudson BDS, MFGDP, DRDP

You expect me to talk?

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Hello again

I had my CQC phone interview on Friday.  It was actually fairly tame.  They gave plenty of time to answer the questions and weren’t threatening or intimidating at all………. until of course we got to the last question.

“Who will be the individual responsible should the CQC need to apply financial and criminal sanction against your practice?”

Crikey, I guess that would be me!

You see, she just had to go and spoil it.  Still, it gave me a chuckle to be honest.  But that’s the world we live in now folks.  If you don’t do what the pen pushers tell you to do…. well, it can come with some pretty harsh penalties.  I suppose it all helps keep us in line. 

Bad evil Dentists, you should all suffer for your wickedness.

That’s the world we live in presently, so my advice is accept it and get ready for it.  They will eventually come knocking on your practice door.  And when they do, you would be wise to listen to the advice of Raj Rattan:

Make it as easy for them as possible

There are some dentists on GDP-UK who are talking about rebelling.  They want to play the CQC at their “own game” by demanding copies of eCRB checks before the inspectors enter the building, and getting them to sign paperwork to permit them entrance to the building.  Personally, I think that’s a mistake.  It won’t stop the inspection when it arrives, and it won’t even delay the inspection.  All it will do is alienate the very people who will have some very important decisions to make about your practice.

Rebellion only works if it is done on mass in a timely manner.  The time to rebel was in 2007/2008 when the legislation was being drawn up.  Now I’m not saying legislation can’t be changed, but it usually takes a lot of public support with media backing.

You are unlikely to get that with dentistry.  The doctors might have a chance, but even they seem to be rolling over and exposing their bellies.

It’s a shame really, because I for one could really do without all this box ticking crap.  It takes a lot of time, much of it is mindless drivel and it does little to actually further the cause of patient safety.  But it’s here, and there will be more to follow.

That’s why I had to spend several days collecting bits of paper.  Why I had to spend hours writing up policies that weren’t in any of the clinical governance packages that my practice used (I’m still annoyed about that to be fair).  The end result being I now have a product on my website that you can now buy to help you with CQC compliance – https://dentallawandethics.co.uk/?page_id=606.   It’s up to you to decide if it’s something you want to buy.

To be honest with you, I didn’t actually think all that many people would want to buy it.  How wrong I was.  I’m kind of gobsmacked by how many people have actually trusted me with their money.  To be frank, it’s even rather humbling.

Anyway, if you remember from newsletters past, I have stated that the CQC are victims here too(as much as a Quango can be a victim of course).  They wanted nothing to do with dentists, weren’t prepared for us, and would much rather not be going through all this.  But they will do what the legislation and the government tells them to do, so they aren’t going away any time soon.  And I actually feel that dealing with the countries dentists will improve their organisation.  After all, we are a grumpy lot and some of us love to complain, so they will have to up their game to keep us “happy”.  It will be interesting to see what happens when the doctors join the fray next year.

My message today is quite a short one.  You have nothing to fear from the phone interview if you are prepared.  In fact there is a very useful document done by Denplan which gives the commonly asked questions on the phone interviews.  If you’ve not got a copy, pop to the Denplan website (not an endorsement for them by the way) or send me an email at info@gdpresources.com and I will send you a copy.

Remember, it’s just another hurdle in lifes long marathon.  The CQC are not the end of the world, they aren’t even close.  So as my surfing friend would say

Hey Dude, Chill

See you next time

Dr Stephen Hudson, BDS, MFGDP, DRDP

Can’t Quite Comply

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Hello again

I am optimistic by nature, believe it or not.  People are often surprised to hear this, especially when they listen to me ranting about the state of the economy.  What they don’t understand is that my economic pronouncements are not pessimism, they are realism.  Whilst I believe, for example, that there will be another major stock market crash within the next 18 months (sooner rather than later) I believe that one can prepare adequately for such an event and profit handsomely from it.  There is usually a silver lining in most clouds.

And no that wasn’t financial advice, just so we are clear on that fact.

When it comes to the CQC however, I have as yet seen nothing good in their existence.  It’s not their fault of course.  they didn’t ask for this, they are just a fine example of how government meddling makes situations infinitely worse.  The CQC are there to protect the public, but they aren’t required in a profession that was already the most regulated in the world.  The public, you see, are already learning to protect themselves, through voting with their feet, their wallets and through the use of the GDC and the chambers of “me learned friend“.  And the effects are hitting all of us in the pocket, good and bad.

A more watchful, vengeful and litigious public has helped change the face of dentistry.  Those who don’t understand what Rapport and Customer service are all about, get sued, get complaints and have to spend a few days chatting to those nice fellows down at the GDC.  Those who go the extra mile and who only treat patients they like generally don’t have those problems.

The CQC won’t change that factor one iota.  Making a bad dentist write policies and procedures just makes him a bad dentist with lots of paper work.  The UDA gamer will still game UDA’s.  The unethical will still rip patients off.  It’s the same old story of the ethical and the conscientious and the stressed being again penalised by pen pushers, whilst those that need reigning in carry on as they always have done.

Einstein would have described this as a form of madness.

And there’s not a damn thing you can do about it.  I hear the DPA are trying to get their members to lobby their patients into an MP letter writing frenzy.  It won’t work unless they can get a Viral campaign that sweeps through the country creating hundreds of thousands of protests.  And even then nothing will probably happen.

Again, I’m being a realist.  Millions protested against the illegal invasion of Iraq, yet it still happened.  Thousands protested against student fee increases.  They are still on the cards.  Dentists just aren’t that popular, and the time to actually protest the legislation was 3 years ago.  The only way to change the legislation now (and I am not for one minute suggesting we do this) was proposed by a friend of mine.  What would have to happen would be for every MP and ministerial Civil Servant to receive a letter Monday morning telling them to find another dentist. 

You want to over regulate us?  Fine.  We just won’t have anything to do with you.” 

 An idea, yes.  Not one I agree with though.

The CQC is here.  They will stay for a few years, until the next government initiative merges them with another agency, or they cock up so horrendously that they quietly get closed down.  And it’s important that you don’t let the existence of the CQC get to you.  Just accept them and move on.  I say this from someone who is sat at home with a flare up of a long standing, stress related, chronic condition.  Hmm, wonder if it’s related at all to the phone interview I have to do on Friday.  It’s the only thing that seems to fit.  I don’t feel stressed, but perhaps my body knows something I don’t.  perhaps it’s pure coincidence, who knows.  That’s one thing the bureaucratic twits never consider…….. the impact on the actual people their legislation affects.

And there’s a reason for that.  The people who come up with this twaddle don’t care.  They don’t care about you, they never have, they never will.  You mean nothing to them.  That’s why our voices are generally ignored.  I still remember the videos of Cameron going round factory shop floors during the election.  Despite his best efforts, he could not hide the utter contempt he had for the people he was having to interact with.  At least that is an honest reaction.  And look at Osbourne TELLING YOU how he is going to spend YOUR MONEY.

Something doesn’t feel right about that.  Oh well, I’m sure the feeling will pass. 

So I may be ill in bed, but that doesn’t stop me using a laptop.  The thing with chronic illness is that it only beat you if you give up, and I’m not ready to give up just yet.  And I’m not ready to allow the pen pushers and box tickers to beat me.

There may come a day, but it is not this day.

So let’s get down to what today’s little missive is all about.  Today I launch my new product

Can’t Quite Comply

I spent basically 2 weeks gathering evidence for the CQC.  I had guidance from 3 organisations, and still found I had to write some of the policies myself.  This is what I give to you.  85 pages of template policies, procedures and audit forms.  You can tick your boxes to your hearts content now.

But Steve, is this product enough to pass a CQC inspection?

Nope, not even close.  BUT, it should help.  As I said, it was what I found to be missing from the other well known providers of such information.  If I was to write ALL the policies, procedures, audits and guidance that was required to run a dental practice now, you would be paying me over £5000.  Well actually you wouldn’t, you would be telling me to take a very long walk off a very short pier.

Instead I charge you £68.50.  Of course iff this sells well, I will put the price up in a few months.  So consider this the introductory price, for those who get there first.

And for those of you who have already bought my Practice Systems templates, you will be well familiar with the format.  It comes as a Microsoft Word document, downloadable to your PC.  You can take the document and alter it to your practice requirements. 

I reckon that there will be about 15-20 hours of computer time saved by buying this product……… which worries me because I wrote it all on my laptop, so I’m probably infertile now.

Never mind.  To buy the product just follow the link.  Unlike CQC registration, I try not to make things difficult for you. 

Speak to you soon

 Stephen Hudson BDS, MFGDP, DRDP

Tick the damn box

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Hello again

Firstly sorry to those who already got this.  Server problems meant it only went to a fraction of the list.

Anyway, I couldn’t get over the irony.  There I was at a course run by DPL, and we were roll playing how to deal with unforeseen events and unhappy patients.  I was the patient, unhappy that I had an abscess that I was accusing the dentist of missing.  The dentist playing the, er, dentist had to alleviate my concerns and diffuse the situation.  So what did the dentist (who is predominantly NHS) say?

“Well you NEED a root filling, but that is very complex and is only available privately”

I kind of played with him after that, because it was clear he just didn’t GET IT.  When the exercise finished I kind of tested the idea that perhaps that statement wasn’t the sort of thing one shouldn’t be saying in this highly litigious society.  He wasn’t having any of it, so I dropped it.  It’s his decision what he does.  And I’m sure he is very good at doing RCT’s.  And you know what, this gentleman will be sued, I can almost guarantee it.  Why?

  • English is not his first language, so there is already a communication issue (he had trouble understanding my accent, so considering he works in Yorkshire……)
  • He hasn’t understood the concept that, if it is required to create and maintain Oral Health, it is available on the NHS.  He can’t argue about that, because he signed up to the contract.

The guy from DPL was actually walking past when he heard this statement, and I did see his eyebrow raise just a fraction.

This is a very dangerous game for dentists to be playing, and is not one I wish to engage in thank you very much.  I have this thing about wanting to sleep at night.  I have discussed with DPL and the local dental advisor what treatments, in what situations, are and are not available under NHS contract.  I have an understanding which is backed up by my ethical beliefs.  I also have a patient base that I largely have rapport with and that I like as individuals.  I have systems in place to make sure that the patient journey is acceptable and consistent.  Unfortunately I have one small challenge.

CQC compliance!

You see, it doesn’t matter if you are the best dentist in the world, with the cleanest most high tech premises and the best staff money can buy.  That doesn’t mean diddly squat unless you can prove it to a pen pusher.  Unless a pen pusher can come in and tick all his (or her) boxes, you are not compliant.  And I know, from my relative who used to work in care homes, that these CQC guys like to tick boxes.  They are extremely thorough, sometimes even single minded.

If you think you can fob them off with half assed policies and an aggressive, arrogant stance, you may well be in for a nasty surprise.

Now I have BDA Good Practiceat my practice, and I assumed that this would be enough to comply.  Their guidance on what aspects of GP related to CQC compliance seemed ok.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t even come close to getting you compliant as far as I can now see.  You see, the problem is I went on a CQC course the other day (one third done by the very excellent Raj Rattan).  I finally got a glimpse of just what the CQC were all about.

It was a bit of an eye opener.

So let’s see where you are.  Ask yourself if you have the following 10 items of evidence?

  • Do you have an Equality Policy?
  • Do you have a Safe Haven Policy?
  • Do you have a list of all your equipment, with their CE marks to prove that these items are fit for use in your practice?
  • Do you have a Discrimination Policy?
  • Do you have a Consent Policy?
  • Have you done the HTM 0105 Audit created by the Infection Prevention Society?
  • Do you a Confidentiality Policy?
  • Do you hold patient Forums, do patient questionnaires, have a suggestion box or even a comment book?
  • Do you have a system for ensuring no hand instrument goes more than 21 days without being autoclaved?
  • And do you have evidence that all your staff have been trained in all of the above?

Can you guess what I just spent the last 2 days doing?  The course I mentioned was run by http://cqcsupport.co.uk/, an organisation set up by a dentist for dentists.  They do an excellent manual which I strongly recommend.  Don’t get me wrong, this manual will not give you the policies, procedures and evidence you need for the CQC.  But, as Raj Rattan stated, it will tell you the evidence you need to collect.  And I know there are other versions of this.  CODE do one, and so do the BDA.  But to be honest, I’m not a great fan of either of these organisations.  The membership fees they ask for are extortionate.  The CQC support manual can be bought for just under £300.  Can I guarantee that it will tell you everything you need to know?  Well no of course I can’t.  As you know by now, I believe the CQC have left their so called “guidance” deliberately vague.  Why they have done that I leave up to you.  I know I am compliant, it’s just proving it by getting all the bits of paper together.  And that is time consuming.  And with the fact that failure to comply is now backed by financial and criminal sanction, I’m not prepared to mess about with this.

As for gathering the evidence, this is where the challenges came in.  Bureaucrats like folders, they like paper.  They like to see that you have done something.  They like to hold it, caress it, take it our for candle lit meals with fine wines and romantic music.  And to be fair, for me personally, it’s easier to collate everything if its in paper form.  Hence the printer now stationed in my surgery.  As I have reached my UDA quota, I can now spend the time I need without cutting into my income or my holidays.  Much of what I need I gathered from DPL Extra, a very good resource.  Mix that with the old CODE manuals I use and some bits and bobs from that extinct dinosaur called the BDA, and the evidence starts to grow.  But you know what?

Stuff was missing.  Which really surprised me………..NOT!

I ended up doing a lot of typing over those two days, but I can now provecompliance in the first 2 outcomes.  And that has resulted in me personally creating almost 50 sides of A4 in waffle.  God knows how much I will have done by the time Outcome 6 is finished.  And here is where my business head came in.  If I’m going to be sat there typing when I could be immersed in Chalres Bukowski with a bit of Daft Punk in the background, then I’m going to find a way to take advantage of it.  Hmm, sounds like old Stevey boy had just come up with a new product.

So for those who are interested, my next product to be released will be called the

Can’t Quite Comply © 2011

product, with all the policies, procedures, signed statements and extra systems I have had to create to keep those lovely chaps at this fine Quango happy.  I may even add a special bonus with regards to the Information Governance Toolkit.  People will either buy it or they won’t.

But let’s be clear:

  • This product alone will NOT make you compliant
  • I am not a lawyer or a box ticker, so I cannot guarantee these will even be accepted
  • It will however be released shortly
  • And it will be priced at less than £100.

I’ll let you know.  In the meantime, I strongly suggest checking out http://cqcsupport.co.uk/.  Of course, it goes without saying that I will not be held liable for anything that results from your visiting that website.  Just thought I would keep my lawyers happy.

Keep well, and remember……

Don’t let the fluffy darlings get you down…….. because then they win.  And trust me, you don’t want them to win.

Information Governance Toolkit

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Hello again

Most of you who work in the NHS will no doubt be aware of the IGT that is available online.  If you are a practice owner, and you have no idea what I am talking about, you may want to get busy over the next few days.

https://www.igt.connectingforhealth.nhs.uk/Home.aspx

It’s an enjoyable way to spend several hours of your life, as is root canal therapy and being pulled out for an “Enhanced pat Down” at a US airport.  It’s getting almost like a scene from Deliverance over there…

You ain’t from around here are you stranger

To be fair, I’m not really sure what the IGT is all about, all I know is that it is a definite requirement for NHS practices (I don’t know about Private practices).  You have until 31st March to fill it out.  I know it’s about confidentiality and protection of data, but the actual scope and work that needs to be put into this has left me speechless.  I can’t actually formulate the words to express my thoughts on the individual who spawned this monster.

What I do know is I now have a fresh pile of paper to put in a  folder to put on my bookcase that is actually straining under the weight of all the other folders.  Perhaps I need to do a risk assessment in case it breaks! 

And I always wonder who comes up with stuff like this.  When I came up with my Practice System Templates, I at least came up with something that was useful, and could enhance and improve the business you run.  For a small business like mine, the IGT is pretty pointless…… but then most of the regulation we encounter at the moment meets that criteria.  As an example, I just had an email from Paypal because they couldn’t verify that my business reference number for the LLP through which this website is run…….. even though it is available for free from the Companies House website.  I have to fax them something that they can get online in about 1 minute.

But then you kind of expect that sort of thing with Paypal.  You get used to it. 

Of course it’s the same for pretty much everyone now.

But as far as I know, this has nothing to do with the CQC.  I believe they will use the results of the IGT as part of their assessment, but you can’t actually blame them for it.  You can’t even blame the CQC for their new role as our regulator, because I know for a fact that this was thrust upon them

They are possibly more unhappy about this than we are. 

That isn’t to say they won’t step into their new role with all guns blazing.  They are, by their very nature, pen pushers and box tickers who will do what their Whitehall masters tell them.  They will soon grow into the job, only then to find themselves faced with a more dangerous beast, a beast that has been known to fight back.

Doctors.

Doctors tend to be a bit more militant than dentists from my limited perception of them.  But there is danger here.  Doctors are being put in charge of NHS budgets, just at the time they are also having to comply with CQC.  That’s a lot to sort in such a short time period.  Hardly good timing if you ask me.  If you see lots of negative press over the coming months about how much money doctors earn, you can bet that they are being set up to take a big fall.  The dental profession has been cowed, now for the uppity medics.  The conspiracy theorist lurking within me sees something that perhaps is best not mentioned.  I’ll tell him to keep quiet.  Hush up now.

As I have said before, it’s all about controlling the middle classes, without pushing hard enough that they go into all out revolt.  Because this is a dangerous time for Western governments, a very dangerous time.  Osbourne is already making noises about cutting fuel duty, but what good that will do if Saudi Arabia falls is open to question.  The good news is that oil is unlikely to go above $200a barrel for any length of time…… because at that price the actual people who take it out of the ground can’t afford to go to work, resulting in massive oil shortages and economic collapse……. which brings the price crashing down. 

Ok, perhaps not the best news I could give you.  Sorry.

Governments know all this.  If you want a representation of what governments are doing at the moment, picture that Blue Peter presenter doing her high wire act over Battersea power station.  Take away the safety harness and add a troop of erratic rabid monkeys hanging from the wire.  Do you think she will make it to the other side where economic prosperity awaits?

I for one don’t.  I think she’s going to have a nasty fall. 

What people always seem to forget is that societies go through really bad times on a pretty regular basis.  And we are not immune from this.  Anyone who ever says “but this time it’s different” needs to be taken roughly by the lapels and shaken vigorously….. you might actually be able to hear their brains sloshing.

It’s never different! 

History always repeats itself because humans always make the same idiotic mistakes they made the last time.  It’s basic psychology.  Short term gain outweighs long term pain, especially if that pain can be put onto the next generation.  As individuals we often invest and make great sacrifices for our children, but as a society we have basically severely damaged their future.  They are not going to thank the Baby Boomers and the Generation Xers.

Of course they will sort this mess out.  That’s what I wanted to say today, because they always do.  And then the generations after will repeat the mistakes, and we will carry on like that slowly lurching forwards until the sun goes Nova and the Aliens are amusing themselves with “Did you hear the one about the stupid Earth monkey

Things may well get a bit hairy for a while over the next few years.  There will be times when you think that everything you see around you is about to collapse around your ears.  Things will happen in your life, in the economy and in your business that will take you to the edge.

But hey, that’s called LIFE mate.  You may well be knocked to the floor, dazed and confused, but you have to keep getting up.  Take a moment, compose yourself, but get up off that damned floor.  Stand up, stand tall and carry on. 

The all encompassing THEY cannot beat you, no matter what happens.

Only YOU can beat you. 

So when you are faced with a situation you see no way out of, the only failure is in quitting.  There is always a solution.  There is always a way out.  There is always a way of looking at the situation that changes it’s meaning.  In the words of Winston Churchill

Never, never, never, never, never give up

See you next time

The Dentistry show Friday 4th March

By Members, Newsletters, Registered

Well, it’s that time of year again, that time when dentists from across the land to the Birmingham NEC in search of as much free stuff as the dental reps are willing to give out.  Don’t hope for too much this year folks, the reps haven’t been too generous in this recession so far. 

If anyone’s interested I will be there, and will be hanging around K60 most of the afternoon, temporary home of Bleyer LLP.  So if you fancy popping round to say hi, feel free to join me in a rant between 2-4pm

Now I know what you are thinking……. who the hell are Bleyer LLP?

Well, to put it simply they are precious metals agents.  They buy and sell, for clients, physical Gold and Silver.

The guy who runs the show is David Peers, and he will be more than happy to answer any of your questions about owning and storing physical metals. Obviously I’m not allowed to give financial advice, so I wouldn’t dream of telling you what to do with your money.

Hopefully I’ll see some of you there.

Yours in Commerce

Stephen: Hudson, the authorised representative of the legal fiction

Stephen Hudson, BDS, MFGDP, DRDP 

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

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Eat the Rich

By Members, Newsletters

Hello again

Well, as most of you have noticed, the new website is up and running.  There have been a few teething problems, but nothing that a calm mind and rational reasoning can’t fix.  So if you go to the site and something doesn’t work, or you buy a product and for some reason you don’t get it, just get in touch and I will fix it.  The creases are slowly being ironed out.

Now you may have heard recently that there has been a bit of a kafuffle in the Middle East.  Apparently people are a tad miffed that they are being forced to live in poverty under an oppressive police state, whilst their “betters” lord it up in palaces and fly about in private jets.  They see their children starving, and they see the Powers that Were living the high life and they sort of got a tad miffed.

Can you blame them?  I certainly can’t, because most of them are finally casting off the chains of slavery.  Whether they will then put on the chains given to them by a different master may well be something to watch in the future.

 Now of course we in the west are better off.  Oh it’s true that the Powers that Were show their true colours occasionally, but most of the time they have to play along with the illusion that we live in a free society.  They will respond to your letters, and will apologise to the nation when one of their many minions messes up.  They will tread a very fine line of optimising their control over the populace and giving the populace enough free rein to live what has the potential to be an empowering life.

 You see, despite the regulation, despite the CCTV and the data mining that occurs though your use of the internet, and despite the conversion of the police force and the courts into a corporate revenue collection agency, it is still possible to live an awesome life.  And whilst it is very noticeable that our daily freedoms have been constrained, this country is still a damn site better than most other countries.

  • You can still walk down the street without being asked for your papers
  • Most police officers will respect your rights when they encounter you
  • You can still leave the country without first asking for permission
  • You are still allowed to engage in business to earn a living
  • There is still a rule of law, and most of the country is safe to live in despite what you read in the Daily Mail
  • You have the world’s biggest library available at your finger tips, and can still read virtually any book that was ever written
  • You can still practice whatever religion you want
  • You still have the right to fall in love and have as many children as you want to
  • And it is still possible to become rich in this country.

And it is the last aspect I want to have a little chat with you about today.  There has always been something inherently wrong with the wealth psychology of this country.  For some reason, there is something very wrong with being rich in the UK, as if you are somehow tainted by dark forces.  The rich displayed on our TV screens are seen as corrupt, morally bankrupt individuals who live joyless lives.  Most of them drink to much, and are somehow the oppressors of the working man. 

  • They are rich bankers who spend 3 hours lunch hours whilst the average Joe slaves to feed their children. 
  • They are the fat cat multinational conglomerate owners who would sell your Grandmother to improve the bottom line 
  • They are the thuggish footballer and the halfwit celebrity who is famous for being famous. 

 But of course, the nobility are different, have you noticed that.  Yes, it’s his family’s money and he hasn’t worked a day in his life, but that’s because he’s an Earl.  Strange how we somehow still think we have betters isn’t it.  Just ask anyone in the military how they have more respect for officers that started out as officers, rather than those that started in the lower ranks.  You see, people don’t like being reminded that they can achieve almost anything, if only they would pull that thumb out of their arse.  They don’t like being shown that people can start with nothing and achieve great things.  No, people prefer to believe that you can only become rich if you are

  • Born into Money (which is somehow okm because you aren’t deemed to be a threat)
  • Lucky (again, that’s differant, because it’s fate)
  • Somehow dishonest …… which apparently is the majority

 And the media play along because they know its what the POPULATION want to hear.

  • 99% of this countries population will never be rich.  Not because they don’t have the ability.  Not because they don’t have intelligence, or ideas, but because they don’t have the psychology. 
  • They aren’t prepared to do what needs to be done to become financially stable, never mind create a net worth of over say £5 million.
  • They aren’t prepared to delay status and put off buying the latest gadget with money they don’t have.
  • They aren’t prepared to take the leap of faith and work for themselves
  • They aren’t prepared to think for themselves
  • But most of all, they aren’t ready to drop their bigoted and unfounded opinions of those around them.

 If you don’t respect the rich, how on earth are you going to become one of them?  We want what the rich have, but we don’t want to become them.  We crave their lifestyle, and yet we despise who they are.  We are in awe at their achievements, and yet we yearn for the day when we catch them in a compromising position.  We will sue someone at the drop of a hat, and yet act in shocked horror when the solicitors letter drops through our mail box.  We are the agents of our own destruction.

What a screwed up society we truly live in.  We don’t need men in suits in smoke filled rooms to oppress us, because we do enough of that to ourselves.  If we want true equality, we have to start by believing that we are in fact equal, that it matters not how much money someone else has.  It doesn’t matter if someone earns more money than you.  Wishing dark deeds to befall them isn’t going to increase the size of your bank balance now is it?

If you want change, you need to be the change.   If you want to be rich, you need to be respectful of other peoples achievements.  You need to look up to them and say, “that’s where I want to be”.

Remember that most people do truly despise the rich.  Despite the totalitarian tiptoe that is ever so slowly crawling towards us, the only real person enslaving you is yourself. 

 Yours in commerce

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

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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

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