Do You Expect to Keep All Your Teeth?

This is an actual question I once encountered on a dentist’s information sheet.

Do I expect to keep all my teeth?  As a matter of fact, yes I do.  Doesn’t everyone?  Maybe, maybe not.

I started to ask myself why it is that I expect to keep all my teeth.  I think about my parents, who never had to get dentures. Because of their example, a denture wearer is not someone I expect to be.

This might not be true of people who have denture-wearing role models in their lives.  For them, a different standard has been set. Different expectations.  It’s “normal” to end up with dentures.

If this is true about our teeth, could it be true about our careers?  Do we have similar expectations as those of our parents and other role-models?  Are we limiting ourselves simply because we haven’t challenged our “normal” ???

Is there a possibility for a higher standard?  More satisfaction.  More reward.  More fulfillment.

It seems weird to me that the next question on the form wasn’t, “What are you willing to do to keep all your teeth?”

Intention without action doesn’t get you very far.

So, here you go…

“Do you expect to have a great career?”

“What are you willing to do to get it?”

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