Our guest for today’s show is a perfect example of a modern day renaissance man.
Dr. Michael Young career involved getting a Masters in Clinical Dentistry, working in community dentistry, and growing a dental practice for over 20 years. He also became a dental school instructor and a leader in clinical expert witness work. He wrote the prize winning and best selling book “Managing a Dental Practice the Genghis Khan Way” which is now in it’s second edition.
In today’s show, Dr. Young and I talk about the things he learned from his colorful career and how his love of reading books and writing them continue to positively affect his professional life beyond retirement.
Listen to my conversation with Dr. Young as we talked about:
- Young’s life story from the university to dental practice, and to his eventual retirement
- Why the most common fault Dr. Young seen is putting patients interests first
- Young’s tip on hiring the right people
- Young’s advice to people wanting to enter expert witness work
- Why young dentists should learn how to manage materials, tools, patients, and coworkers
- Why getting a job in a dental hospital, even part-time, is a good idea for private practicing dentists
- How dentists should plan their retirement
- How reading fiction helped Dr. Young understand his patients
Quotes and Takeaways
- “To be successful, you don’t have to be perfect. You just have to be better than the rest.”
- “If you don’t know where to be, how are you gonna get there?”
- “A leader is someone who pull on the front and pushes on the back”
- “Professionals shouldn’t be in it for the money. You earnings come as a consequence of doing a good job.”
- Always try to learn and keep up to date. But learn critically.
Resources and Links
- “Managing a Dental Practice the Genghis Khan Way (2nd Edition)”
- The Effective and Efficient Clinical Negligence Expert Witness
- Mike Young Author (LinkedIn)