Steve Jobs once said, “People who eventually find success start by trying things…” His advice? “Try enough things, learn from every success and every setback, and in time you’ll have all the skills,
knowledge and experience you need.” [https://getpocket.com/explore/item/steve-jobs-said-1-thing-separates-successful-people-from-everyone-else-and-will-make-all-the?utm_source=pocket-newtab].
Just trying things, however, is not enough to land you on the right path. There has to be a philosophical basis—a good scientific reason—for what you are trying. If you don’t have a solid basis of WHY you are doing what you are doing—or if you mix and match philosophical approaches that are different—you are likely to become confused and “over-educated.”
The ONWARD program offers dental practitioners a solid philosophical basis for full coverage restorative dentistry that explains the WHY of every step, not just the HOW. ONWARD techniques have a 70 year track record of outstanding success.
ONWARD’s step-by-step approach is not easy, however. It demands that no steps are skipped because skipping steps—ie.e taking shortcuts—is a recipe for certain failure. Errors are common when materials are frequently heated close to their melting points. By not skipping steps, errors can be identified and corrected before they are compounded. ONWARD demands its students learn diligence and the ability to “be your own worst critic.”
By being your own worst critic, you do not pass something that is not up to your standards or accept an outcome by copping out: “well that’s the best I can do.”
Bacteria are nanometers—you will not get away with sub-standard work. There is no rule that says you must accept an impression because you are out of time and the day sheet orders you to take a perfect impression at this appointment.
While the ONWARD program is not a recipe for quick fix full coverage restorative dentistry, it is a recipe for success that you can count on. Your journey ONWARD will be amazing and you will no doubt marvel at case examples accomplished during the last 70 years. Some cases are absolute miracles.
If you stick with the program and work through the learning curve, you will be able to perform these miracles. “Trust that the dots will someday connect,” says Steve Jobs. “Believe that the dots will someday connect.”
Your practice life will quickly become a lot more interesting…and a lot more fun. And you will sleep well at night, knowing that you are on solid ground with what you are doing. Your ultimate reward is watching your patients return year after year with the work you did lasting in health. You did something extraordinary for them and they know it.