You don’t have to know much about golf (we sure don’t!) to know a little bit about Tiger Woods. He is generally considered to be the greatest golfer of all time, and is one of the highest paid athletes in the world. Tiger has spent more weeks at the number one ranking (683) than any other golfer – not even close. If we listed his records and achievements (and you read them) you would be late for your next patient.
And then it all came crashing down. Three back surgeries and some serious personal struggles took their toll. Tiger withdrew from tournaments, didn’t make the cut at others, missed some commitments, and couldn’t get his game off the ground. His ranking dropped… to 1199th! While his fan base remained robust, many felt that he would never win another major tournament. He was under a form of scrutiny that would have crushed most people.
And then yesterday, Tiger won the 2018 Tour Championship!
Fortunately, most of us will never experience the ups and downs that Tiger has faced. But our own little worlds can be tough places. We have personal, family, and financial issues that are very real to us, and really can make things difficult. Let’s face it, life can be hard. And dentistry is no walk in the park either. Patients can be brutal. Competition is fierce. DSOs are real. And if you own a practice, you could be one crown prep away from missing payroll.
Tiger never quit. And most of all, he admitted he needed help. He faced his faults, and got help facing his addictions. And even though his golf greatness was obvious, he got coaching, always trying to improve his game. And from some amazing lows, Tiger is once again among the greats.
Don’t give up. Get comfortable with the fact that life has its ups and downs. And get the proper help when you need it. And if you want to chat about your practice struggles, let us know! We’re here for you!!
Dr. David Madow and Dr. Richard Madow are actual dentists who have been helping dental offices become more successful for over 28 years. They are down to earth, real people who personally connect with their clients and are proud to call them friends. If you have a question for this column, please write to them at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are now offering a complimentary 30-minute coaching session! Please CLICK HERE to schedule yours. Doctors only please.
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