An old time dentist once told me, many years ago, the best way to learn is by the method “See one, do one, teach one.” In my case, it started with a filling. I saw it being done, I did one myself, and then I taught one to another. I have never forgotten that piece of sound advice, and I use it in everyday life not just within the walls of Family Dentistry.
Regardless of age, we all have something to learn. It’s important to be a mentor but, equally as important to be mentorable. When we start to think that we have seen and done everything, “nothing surprises me” this is when a humbling experience is not too far behind.
So when it comes to mentoring, be sure to go the extra mile! Or in our case, “go the extra smile”!
When it is your turn to be the mentor, be sure to do so with a smile. When someone seeks your council, advise them gently with a smile. Your kind words can help a great deal.
~Dr. Jon Reagan