To succeed as a dental hygienist, dental assistant, or dentist requires commitment, dedication, hard work, and many other qualities common to success in any area of life. One way to take away the mystery of success is by heeding the advice of others. Most successful people happily share their “secrets to success” to help others excel at work and life. These words of advice often get modified as they pass from one to another. However, the kernel of truth found in each one can benefit anyone seriously wanting to excel in their chosen field of work.
You can certainly find many more helpful pieces of advice to add to these ten. Hopefully, these will inspire you toward success and encourage you to search for more Words of Advice for Success at Work like these listed below.
10. Don’t expect others to do something you aren’t willing to do yourself.
Eleanor Roosevelt said to do this “is not fair.” She was right, but it’s more than not fair; it doesn’t propel you toward success on the job. John T. Chambers took these words to heart, and they became a tenet of success that served him well for twenty years as CEO of Cisco Systems.
This principle applies equally to all staff members in your dental office. Every day you have the opportunity to perform a task that technically belongs to a coworker. You could ask them to do it or wait until they get it done. However, you know that it is best for the practice to jump in there and get it done.
9. Treat people right and most people will treat you right too.
Two lessons lie within these words of advice from Franklin Roosevelt. First is the fundamental rule for success at any job, treat other people right. As basic as this principle for workplace success might be, we have all worked alongside those who ignored it. Today’s workforce is composed of many types of personalities and people from a variety of cultures.
However, there is one thing that everyone desires, and that is to be treated with respect. Every patient and every staff member in your practice wants to be treated with dignity and respect.
The second lesson you can find in this advice is the word most. We all experience those few people who don’t treat others right. Fortunately, these individuals are few. Try to learn from these experiences. When this happens, one thing to always remember is to reciprocate by still treating that person with respect and dignity.
8. Take ownership of your mistakes.
We all make mistakes at work. Blaming others or hiding our mistakes keeps us from moving forward personally and can cause stress in the practice. When we admit our mistakes, it shows that we are a responsible person with character. This honest admission of error strengthens our relationship with all our co-workers. It makes us a person to be liked, admired, and trusted.
7. Give others the freedom to fail.
We want those around us to succeed, but inevitably, they will occasionally make mistakes and fail. Allowing others to fail without fear will enable them to learn from their mistakes, grow, and ultimately become more valued co-workers. This principle is especially true for new employees and can have positive effects on the practice, such as:
- Building a stronger team.
- Stimulates thinking outside the box for practice improvements and innovation.
- Encourages others to become more responsible.
- Builds character in others.
6. Always offer a solution when you present a problem
One of the easiest things to do is identify problems in your office. Before you present your finding to the team, spend time thinking thoroughly about the issue and finding at least one possible solution. Your suggestion might not be the best one. Still, at least your team knows that you took the problem seriously and were willing to spend effort in coming up with a solution.
“If you define the problem correctly, you almost have the solution.” -Steve Jobs
5. Surround yourself with people who complement your skills
The people we surround ourselves with to form our team play a crucial role in the practice's success. Leaders must avoid creating a team of clones who all possess similar skills and personalities. Diversity of experiences, skills, thought, and perspective makes a productive, efficient, and fun team to work with. Whether you're the dentist, RDH, or dental assistant, you benefit from working with people who differ from you rather than mimic you.
“Surround yourself with people who complement your weaknesses and share your passions — success will follow.” -Richard Branson
4. Develop a grateful attitude.
Gratitude probably isn’t a word that you associate with business success. However, studies show that gratitude is crucial to several vital areas of your practice, such as:
- Staff members’ efficiency
- The individual success of each person in the practice
- The productivity of each employee
- Organizational climate
- Maintaining positive relationships
- Support among staff members
- The overall well-being of each individual
- Reduction of negative emotions during the workday
Cultivating a grateful attitude and showing appreciation to other staff members can create a practice culture that can withstand the daily stress of a dental practice. Not only will the practice survive with a culture of gratitude, but it will thrive.
“The way to develop the best that is in a person is by appreciation and encouragement.” -Charles Schwab, American Steel Magnate (1862-1939)
3. Never stop growing, learning, and developing.
As a dental professional, you know the importance of continuing dental education. Not only is continual learning mandatory for maintaining licenses and certifications, but it is essential to keeping up with the rapidly changing dental profession. Personal development is just as important to your success in life as professional development is to your career. The benefits of pursuing personal development include improving your:
- Skills in active listening.
- Ability to communicate clearly.
- Clarification of your life and career goals.
- Problem-solving skills
- Development of winning habits
2. Be a flexible team player
If we’re learning anything through COVID-19, it is the importance of flexibility and collaborating. Responding effectively to external changes and challenges is a hallmark of a successful dental practice. You have almost daily opportunities to work as a flexible dental professional to ensure a smooth, efficient, profitable, and lower stress day.
1. Set clearly defined goals
Personal goals and goals for the dental practice ensure success in life and business. The benefits of setting clearly defined goals include:
- Goals help maintain motivation.
- Goals make it easier to track progress and measure success.
- Goals promote teamwork.
- Goals provide accountability.
- Goals help prevent procrastination.
- Goals increase morale.
“A goal properly set is halfway reached.” -Zig Ziglar