The compass that guides us

Posted on 21st April 2019

At our dental practice we take great pride in the work that we do. I am writing this blog to reflect on the service and the treatments that we are providing. Our mission statement is summarised by “striving for excellence” and as I reflect on the practice I see that we have continued to develop our team and services to improve our patient’s care further.

I recently read a blog by Seth Godin in which he talks about the truly magical story by Steven Pressfield. In it he tells the tale of a Ghurka rifleman who escaped from a Japanese prison in Burma. He walked six hundred miles alone through the jungles to freedom. The journey took him over five months, but he never asked the way and he never lost the way. For one thing he could not speak Burmese and for another he regarded all Burmese as traitors. He used a map and when he reached India he showed it to the Intelligence officers, who wanted to know all about his odyssey. Marked in pencil were all the turns he had taken, all the roads and trail forks he has passed, all the rivers he had crossed. It had served him well, that map. The Intelligence officers did not find it so useful. It was a street map of London.

This is a truly magical story.

Happy endings come from an understanding of the compass, not the presence of a useful map.

If you’ve got the wrong map, the right compass will get you home if you know how to use it.

For our dental practice we haven’t got a map however, our mission statement is to strive for excellence in dentistry. This has naturally led us to invest in digital technology and now it is leading us to expand our practice further by increasing the size of the dental practice by twice what it is now. This will enable us to provide more space for both our patients and our commitment to education within dentistry. This is our ‘compass’ and if you had said to me 2 years ago that we would be expanding in this manner, I would have said that is not on the ‘map’. However,  without a map, the compass will always naturally lead us to provide our patients with the highest standards in dental care.

Thank you for reading

Mohsin Patel BDS MJDF RCS (Eng)

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