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The itch that can never be scratched

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  • You see the lives of people on Facebook, and you think that they are somehow better than you…
  • You see the fancy composite posted on Instagram, and you think that dentist is somehow better than you…
  • You see the house, the car, the watch, the holiday and you think that individual is somehow better than you…
  • You forget that much of what you see is an illusion, a veneer that often hides insecurities, failures, weaknesses and the ego of the ancients

The only person you should compare yourself is the person you know you can be.  Everything else is meaningless, white noise in a world where the lie that material wealth equals happiness grows like a cancer.  The dentist displaying his awesome composites isn’t showing you all the ones that didn’t look so hot, the ones that failed.  The person showing you the awesome holiday isn’t letting you into the craving in his/her soul as s/he lies awake at night with a crisis of identity.  Do they lease the car or rent it?  Do they love the job needed to pay for the box that moves them from one box to another box?

I am not against people becoming financially successful and buying stuff.  If you can make millions, you go for it.  What I notice though is that for those who focus primarily on the money, they soon seem to notice that there is a hole in their identity.  They thought it would bring great happiness and satisfaction, only for the wealth to almost be meaningless.  One day they find themselves looking off into space wondering “is this all that there is”?

I would spare you that, especially if you are at the start of your career.  It is still possible to make exceptional wealth from dentistry, but it’s a lot harder than it used to be.  Whereas in the 1970’s and 80’s the average dentist could just turn up to work to create vast sums with no marketing and very little understanding of how businesses run, now it’s a lot harder.  You have to get really good at dentistry, you have to get good at managing yourself, and you have to get good at the business of dentistry.  There aren’t that many of us out there who are going to be able to do that.

You work, work, work and then wake up one day in your fifties wondering where the hell all the time went.  And then you have a health crisis and you realise how much of it all you wasted.  Was it worth it?  Will you be lying on your deathbed bemoaning the fact that you didn’t do just one more crown prep?

Dentistry itself will not be how many of us will be able to make a fortune, and the material trap laid out will suck any spare cash out of our bank accounts if we let it.  That itch that you can never scratch is the thought that you never seem to get ahead, always scrabbling to pay the bills.  Even those who earn big seem to spend it all.  Because it is that spare cash, the stuff we could have saved and invested that is the way out of the rat race.

People get so busy that they end up working hard to make a living.  So hard that they don’t get time to sit down and design themselves a life.

Slow down and think about what you REALLY want.

 

Just a thought

 

SH

Rules and more rules

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On my home computer, I have over 250 PDF’s saved in a folder. This represents most of (by no means all) the rules and regulations dentists are expected to comply with.

More folders are being added as I comply with GDPR. Just the very fact that I have a mailing list of people willing to subscribe to my drivel means I have to go down that rabbit hole.

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Simplify

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The basic western model for the average westerner is as follows:
– You are born
– You go to a school where you are indoctrinated into a way of thinking about society.
– Those who get good grades usually go to university where the indoctrination continues.
– You get a job, that most people hate, where you work to make somebody else richer.
– You buy things and accumulate stuff in the inane, never-ending belief that it will make you happy.

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The ethics and morality of the Montgomery ruling

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Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health board was a 2015 Supreme court case that has far reaching implications for consent. It involved the care of a Nadine Montgomery who was not specifically warned of the risks that her diabetes presented to her pregnancy. The specific risk that resulted in the harm to her new-born child was shoulder dystocia causing umbilical cord compression and cerebral palsy

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After Montgomery

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Thanks to Shaun Sellars for dropping these cases in my lap. Here are 4 post Montgomery cases mentioning material risk

A v East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust (2015) – Claim dismissed, the Judge finding that the material risk claimed by the claimant was NOT a risk that a reasonable patient in the claimants position would have attached significance – Dingemans J said that a risk of 1:1,000 could be described as “theoretical, negligible or background”
http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/QB/2015/1038.html

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Control

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Here are some inane ramblings from someone who doesn’t know his arse from a hole in the ground :)

Some recent research has shone some fresh light on what causes depression and anxiety in western civilisation. Whilst there is still significant scientific evidence that abnormal brain chemistry and childhood trauma are significant driving factors, the level of control an individual has in his her life also seems to be significant (there are plenty of other factors of course).

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For want of a nail…

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For want of a nail the shoe was lost
For want of shoe the horse was lost
For want of a horse the rider was lost
For want of a rider the message was lost
For want of a message the battle was lost
For want of a battle the war was lost

There have been instances where, if a single action had not been taken, history would have been very different. Let us look at just one example (remember, imagination goes into this as there is no way of telling for sure what would and wouldn’t have happened).

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Cannabis

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This is quite a long article, so you might want to put the kettle on.

Let me say that I am not a hippy or an anarchist hell-bent on seeing society collapse into a fetid pit of its own making. I am also not a personal fan of the effects of cannabis and have never broken UK law by consuming it in this country.

However, I am of the opinion it should be legalised. The ban on the plant is outdated and political in nature. it has nothing to do with the perceived danger of the drug but is more to do with vested interests and outdated concepts. Let’s have a little look at the drug in question.

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Perseverance

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There was once a wise man. One day his son came back to the farm having captured a prize stallion. The people in the village came to witness the magnificent beast, and all proclaimed how lucky the wise man was, to which he replied

Maybe…..

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The powers being forged against you

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Recently Cathy Newman of Channel 4 news made the mistake of interviewing one of the true intellectual geniuses of our time….Jordan Peterson. The interview did not go the way she wanted. Peterson was calm, articulate, presented peer-reviewed evidence and totally wiped the floor with Newman. All because Newman went into the interview from a biased and aggressive position that Peterson absolutely demolished.

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You only need look in the mirror

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When I say “you” I am referring to the generic member of the population. The problems we complain about, are our fault. it’s not the politicians, it’s not the mega-corporations, it’s not the bureaucrats and it’s not the lawyers.

It’s all down to us. Because we sit there in meek compliance and occasionally moan at our TV sets.

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