My Speakers Are So Good They’re Bad….

What is the connection between speakers and personal characteristics of dentists?

When we (the Madow brothers) were kids, we used to spend some time hanging out at our cousin Mark’s house. Now Mark was one of those people who when he got into something, he immersed himself in it. He also seemed to have a somewhat unlimited budget, something we did not.

So one day we were visiting and Mark was showing off his new stereo system. I had never seen anything like it before. Huge reel-to-reel tape player, seperate amplifier and tuner, tremendous tower speakers, and lots more. For the early 70s, this was state of the art and probably cost as much as a car!

I was so excited for the moment of truth – putting on some music and hearing this amazing “hi-fi.” So Cousin Mark cranked up some tunes, and my brothers and I looked at each other in disbelief. Why? It really didn’t sound so great! Mark very calmly and scientifically explained that the sound reproduction was so incredibly accurate that every crackle and imperfection came through, making it unpleasant to listen to.

He wound up concluding “My speakers are so good
that they sound bad!”

This leads to a discussion of a problem in dentistry. In clinical situations, we have to strive for perfection, even when it is near impossible. If something is just “pretty, pretty, good,” it may not be good enough.

But when it comes to all of the non-clinical things it takes to succeed in dentistry, sometimes perfection is the enemy of really good, and really good often does the trick!

I frequently hear dentists say things like:

“I’m going to hire a new hygienist when my current hygienist is 100% booked three months out.”

“I’m going to take the plunge into practice ownership when I find the perfect practice in the perfect location.”

“I have to do this myself because no one else can do it as well as me.”

Or, as a dental coach and actual dentist, the one that may bug me the most…”I’m going to start coaching as soon as I have my new staff in place.”

And then nothing happens.

Remember, don’t let our constant chase for perfection prevent us from moving forward when things are good enough. If you’re waiting for speakers that are so good they sound bad, you’ll probably get what you deserve.


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3 – Schedule time on Dr. Rich’s personal calendar to discuss any practice issues or ways to improve! (This is for practice-owning dentists only!)   www.madow.com/calendar

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