Entries by Neil Hiltunen

Stone Masons Retire 3

Stonemasons Retire III (a Few Years Later) This continuing story is about maintaining the same mindsets when entering the retiring phase of life.  None of our workers looked around to seek or understand the changes they were facing. Of course, these scenarios are fiction and can take unlimited different pathways.  Each of the pathways of […]

Alan Roadburg, PhD- “Life After Dentistry”

I recently attended Alan Roadburg’s workshop in Toronto at the Ontario Dental Association’s Annual Spring Meeting. It was impressive how he was able to consolidate his decades of knowledge and experience into practical use for retiring dentists. I’m certain everyone who attends our 9th Annual Meeting on October 27,2017, will come away with practical personal […]

The Happiness Advantage

The Happiness Advantage, by Shawn Achor, PhD., Crown Business Div. Random House Inc. NY, 2010. This outstanding book provides important insight into how our attitudes influence our personal success and environment. Contrary to popular belief, success doesn’t result in happiness, rather, it is the result of happiness. Happy people

A Problem With “Work” (stonemason story)

Recently, while traveling with a dentist friend to grade exams, we discussed “work” as it relates to retiring. As we understand Neurolinguistics, words influence how we think and behave. Consequently they influence our view of, preparations for, and living in retirement. This is because our retirement is based on how we view “work”.

“Work” is commonly used in relation to “retiring”, and though we all think we know what it

Work 2 (Stonemasons Retire)

We’re following up on our stonemasons story and exploring how their attitudes toward “work” may influence or predict their retiring process.

Our traveler’s brief chats at the cathedral construction site lasted only a few seconds each. It is overly simplistic to say that the workers’ responses characterized their entire lives, and we know nothing about their circumstances or ages. A virtually unlimited number of factors have influenced their responses at that moment, both external and internal, and short term and long term.

As one of our ARD colleagues observed, this story is like an “onion” with many layers needing to be peeled away. Let’s try.

For the sake of simplicity,

About Peter Thomas, D.M.D.

I grew up in a lovely, pre-Revolutionary town in southern New Jersey and was educated at Dartmouth College, psychology major, and graduated from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 1971. I joined a senior doctor in a general practice in Hampton, NH, directly from school and began my solo practice 10 years later. I […]

Life After Dentistry

Life After Dentistry, by Alan Roadburg, PhD, Second Career Retirement Program, 2017, Toronto. Written by a social gerontologist, Life After Dentistry is well researched and uses the experiences of hundreds of dentists to arrive at conclusions. This excellent

“Life After Dentistry”

Life After Dentistry, 2nd Edition is now available!! The ARD has partnered with the ADA to market Alan Roadburg’s new book, and it is available here: http://ebusiness.ada.org/productcatalog/product.aspx?ID=33034

Our members provided valuable input for the book’s creation and conclusions, and the ADA was generous to provide us with a 15% discount code:

Retirement Paradigm Shift I

We hope that we are able to sit back on the beach someday and really relax, enjoy life, and think back on a long, rewarding career. This is a common goal, and we strive to earn the right to transition to this new phase of our lives. As we get closer and start living it, there may be surprises.