Who Am I Without My Practice? Overcoming the Fear of the Unknown

We all face life-changing decisions during our careers, particularly in transition periods. Those of us who have dedicated a lifetime to pursuing a profession and honing our craft, often become enmeshed in our own vocation. Our self-worth, and indeed our identity as a person, becomes fused with our profession. We can’t even begin to picture ourselves doing anything else. In fact, when we contemplate life after being a dentist … it causes us a great deal of emotional turmoil and even fear. After all, who am I without my practice?

I remember waking up in a cold sweat thinking about selling my practice, after 25 years of practicing dentistry. How could I change from a constant stream of secure income to rely solely on an income stream that was not predictable?

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