This episode features Eric Block, a dentist, and author of “The Stress-Free Entrepreneur,” discussing his experience with burnout in dentistry and how he overcame it through therapy and self-improvement. He emphasizes the importance of seeking help and not going alone. The interviewer, Dr. Vincent Buscemi also shares his experience with the pressures of the dental profession and the importance of prioritizing one’s well-being. Eric also discusses his website, Deals for Dentists, and the importance of following your passion and making changes when necessary. Overall, the conversation highlights the challenges of high-stress professions and the importance of self-care and seeking support.

Tune into this insightful episode to learn how to avoid burn-out in your career and to become a stress-free dentist.

3 Value Takeaways

  1. What are some of the principles that transcend dentistry and move into entrepreneurship? – Eric explains that in dentistry, there are two aspects – clinical and business. The business side is generally considered secure, with a high probability of success for dental offices. However, in contrast, most startups struggle to succeed due to a lack of initiative in starting an organization.
  2. In dentistry, there is usually a low rate of failure on the business side, but practitioners are more cautious about failing on the clinical side because it can harm patients. However, taking risks and making mistakes on the business side is acceptable as it can lead to learning opportunities, such as experimenting with new software or marketing strategies.
  3. How would a regular dentist become qualified to coach other dentists?
    • Phase 1: Get people connected with a certified life coach to establish a connection with the industry. 
    • Phase 2:  The dentist would need to obtain the necessary training and develop their own certification to establish their credentials.

Episode Timestamps

  • 00:00:00 – Introducing Dr.Eric Block and Stress-Free Entrepreneur Book
  • 00:00:39 – Dr.Eric Block’s Burnout and Recovery Story
  • 00:10:57 – Dentistry attracts perfectionists who struggle
  • 00:12:25 – Navigating the pitfalls of people-pleasing
  • 00:21:27 – Importance of sleep for health
  • 00:28:38 – Setting boundaries for work-life balance
  • 00:31:27 – Therapy with patients
  • 00:35:15 – Dental principles aid entrepreneurship success.
  • 00:37:46 – Grateful for taking a risk
  • 00:41:32 – Do what you love, love what you do
  • 00:47:07 – Certification program for dental coaches
  • 00:48:26 – Key takeaway from the conversation


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