I bought my own books and a lot of my own instruments. We didn’t have anyone in the family earning money but myself. I grew up in construction, so I had my toolbox and power saw. I did remodeling work and had a job with the University’s facilities department.
I often say that dentistry is the consummate people profession. I know of no other profession that enables the year-to-year development of human connections and gives us the opportunity to create a virtual extended family with those humans we call patients. That connection can even build over multiple generations.
You know, I’m just a farmboy at heart. I’m not too complicated and pretty much what you see is what I am. But some people out there might not know that I love to garden, I love carpentry, and I love tractors and my backhoe. I love being outdoors feeling the earth beneath my hands and feet and the sunshine on my face.
The best thing for me to do is to get on my backhoe and start digging. It requires full focus and you just have to push everything out of your brain in order to operate that big hydrolic machine! I love working in my yard!
Yes, my favorite quote is the one we have in all of our conference rooms here at Ultradent, and it’s by Stephen R. Covey. It says, “Seek first to understand and then to be understood.” I can’t even say that I’m perfect at that—sometimes I slip and that’s why I think it’s important for it to be in front of me as much as possible as a reminder.