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Unsolicited Yet Very Important Advice

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Get some unsolicited yet very important advice.  Kevin Kelly, among other things, is the co-founder of Wired Magazine and an extremely successful tech entrepreneur. He’s also so wise that no other than Seth Godin proclaimed “he’s from the future!”

Recently Kevin published 165 bits of “Unsolicited Advice.” Since we know how busy you are, we’ve pared it down to 30 things that will help you personally and help your dental life as well. Enjoy! We’d love to hear your feedback!

  1. Being enthusiastic is worth 25 IQ points.
  2. Don’t be afraid to ask a question that may sound stupid because 99% of the time everyone is thinking the same question but is too embarrassed to ask it.
  3. Extraordinary claims should require extraordinary evidence to be believed.
  4. Don’t be the smartest person in the room. Hang out with, and learn from, people smarter than yourself.
  5. Promptness is a sign of respect.
  6. To make mistakes is human. To own your mistakes is divine. Nothing elevates a person higher than quickly admitting and taking personal responsibility for the mistakes you make and then fixing them fairly. If you mess up, fess up.
  7. You can obsess about serving your patients*, or you can obsess about beating the competition. Both work, but of the two, obsessing about your patients* will take you further.
  8. Perhaps the most counter-intuitive truth of the universe is that the more you give to others, the more you’ll get. Understanding this is the beginning of wisdom.
  9. Hatred is a curse that does not affect the hated. It only poisons the hater. Release a grudge as if it was poison. 
  10. How to apologize: Quickly, specifically, sincerely. 
  11. Experience is overrated. When hiring, hire for aptitude, train for skills. Many really amazing or great things are done by people doing them for the first time.
  12. A vacation + a disaster = an adventure.
  13. If you have any doubt about being able to carry a load in one trip, do yourself a huge favor and make two trips.
  14. Recipe for success: under-promise and over-deliver.
  15. It’s not an apology if it comes with an excuse. It’s not a compliment if it comes with a request.
  16. If someone is trying to convince you it’s not a pyramid scheme, it’s a pyramid scheme.
  17. In all things except love, start with the exit strategy. Prepare for the ending. Almost anything is easier to get into than out of.
  18. Train employees well enough that they could get another job, but treat them well enough so they never want to.
  19. The foundation of maturity – just because it’s not your fault doesn’t mean it’s not your responsibility. 
  20. Compliment people behind their back. It’ll come back to you.
  21. You are only as young as the last time you changed your mind.
  22. To be wealthy, accumulate all the things that money can’t buy.
  23. On the way to a grand goal, celebrate the smallest victories as if each one were the final goal. No matter where it ends you will be victorious.
  24. Calm is contagious.
  25. Writing down one thing you are grateful for each day is the cheapest possible therapy ever.
  26. Don’t treat people as bad as they are. Treat them as good as you are.
  27. If you meet a jerk, overlook them. If you meet jerks everywhere every day, look deeper into yourself.
  28. If your goal does not have a schedule, it’s a dream.
  29. Every person you meet knows an amazing lot about something you know virtually nothing about. Your job is to discover what it is, and it won’t be obvious.
  30. Be the change you wish to see! 

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