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Are You Open Or Closed?


Looks like there’s a chance of rain! So, what do you do? You bring an umbrella with you. When it starts to pour, you wouldn’t keep the umbrella folded up. That would be ridiculous! Umbrellas only work when they’re open—and so does your mind.

To run a successful practice, you have to keep an open mind. I’ve seen too many dentists who are closed off to new ideas, knowledge and possibilities. They say things like, “That’s the way we’ve always done it.” As soon as somebody says that, you know they have a closed mind!

Dentists who stick with their same old ways get stuck in one spot. Don’t let that be you!

Open your mind to new ways of thinking. Open your mind to new processes, systems and technologies. Be open to having discussions with your team. When you keep an open mind, you can discover even better ways to do things. That’s when you’ll really start to grow!

Having an open mind is SUPER important. I even walked through the rain with a closed umbrella to prove my point! Check out this short video to see how that went.

Kirk Behrendt

Kirk Behrendt is a renowned consultant and speaker in the dental industry, known for his expertise in helping dentists create better practices and better lives. With over 30 years of experience in the field, Kirk has dedicated his professional life to optimizing the best systems and practices in dentistry. Kirk has been a featured speaker at every major dental meeting in the United States. His company, ACT Dental, has consistently been ranked as one of the top dental consultants in Dentistry Today's annual rankings for the past 10 years. In addition, ACT Dental was named one of the fastest-growing companies in the United States by Inc Magazine, appearing on their Inc 5000 list. Kirk's motivational skills are widely recognized in the dental industry. Dr. Peter Dawson of The Dawson Academy has referred to Kirk as "THE best motivator I have ever heard." Kirk has also assembled a trusted team of advisor experts who work with dentists to customize individual solutions that meet their unique needs. When he's not motivating dentists and their teams, Kirk enjoys coaching his children's sports teams and spending time with his amazing wife, Sarah, and their four children, Kinzie, Lily, Zoe, and Bo.