I was born in China, just a few of years before the “Cultural Revolution” ended. I witnessed dramatic changes in that great nation over the years. After college, I came to the United States to pursue a PhD in Oral Biology. As many of you know, Chinese parents put tremendous emphasis on academics, and getting a PhD in America was “as high as you can get”. The first few years of adjusting to the culture was definitely a “Relaunch” experience.
I won many awards for my research. However, inside, I did not feel accomplished, proud, or making much difference. In addition, although I LOVE teaching, I could not see myself analyzing things under the microscope, applying for grant, and writing papers for the rest of my life. I also was attracted to the time and financial freedom of a clinician. With the support of family and great mentors, I studied some more and became an Endodontist (root canal specialist).
I finally took a deep breath! I felt like I finally won the game, established my place in the world, and gained a notable identity: dentist. Soon after graduation, I became a the owner of a very successful practice. I was so blessed to be able to work with some of the most caring and talented referral dentists.
Then God had another plan (of course!). I started to feel something was amiss. One day after treatment, a sweet lady held my hand and said: “You are so good at what you do… You have met your calling”. I thanked her but found myself stumbling on my words…
I did a few things (some were planned out, others, I just fell into it:)):
I am not so much a day-to-day operation person. Instead, I am more a coach/strategist – I quickly see the “kink” in problems, and I LOVE offering ideas, solutions and plans. I also need an environment that changes faster than a steady practice.
I finally had to surrender to what is true for me and what is not. I also had to learn the difference between what I am good at and what put bounce in my steps. Long story short, with the support of Joel, I stepped away from full time dentistry. I call myself the part-time dentist living a full life, enjoying being the co-host and LOVING the challenge of being the business and marketing strategist for “ReLaunch” show.