You got this! Learn How to Be a Curious Learner

Posted on Apr 09, 2019 by Janice Hurley

hurley postLearning something new can be daunting, but you can affect how quickly and comfortably you learn anything by starting with a positive mindset. When you are happy and dopamine is released, not only do you feel better about yourself and your situation but also your brain is on the success track and ready to learn. Approaching every training session with, “I got this,” will tip the learning curve in your favor.

That said, the younger you are the more likely you are to investigate all that is available to you with new technology. The younger you are the more familiar you probably are technology and with all that can be accomplished using software. The age and impact connection comes from our desire to succeed and not fail.

Older employees often face prejudice when it comes to implementing new technology. I have seen firsthand prejudice against older employees and applicants in dentistry. And, I have had firsthand experience with older staff being resistant to new technology.

The reality is that technology on every front is here and should absolutely be embraced with curiosity and enthusiasm to ensure job security and satisfaction. Be curious about what can be accomplished, what is available, and what your competition is doing. Enthusiasm for the new is best embraced when you have realistic expectations for yourself pertaining to implementation.     

When you read the above paragraph asking you to embrace all that technology has to offer ones enthusiasm seems obvious right? Well…I would think so myself, except weekly if not daily I see otherwise. So how might we approach learning differently? 

My suggestion is to start with a smile and a curious mindset. My mantra for challenges is to internally say over and over, “I got this,” but you come up with your own. Take a minute to watch the Tedtalk, The Happy Secret To Better Work.

Get excited about increasing your value to the practice and your overall job security by increasing what you know. I tell every office I work with and every audience I meet while speaking to schedule training time once every three months with their software vendors to maximize their return on investment and to support the overall health of the practice. I know Whistle While You Work was the theme song for Snow White’s dwarves and you might not want to plagiarize but, it’s a scientific fact that being happy and excited about learning will ensure you master the skills desired sooner. Be a superstar! No one can duplicate your best you.

Confidence is a choice and learning new skills has been proven to contribute to increased confidence. We are drawn towards others who are happy and confident. The ever-present circle of teaching others how to treat us as we invest in ourselves and project enthusiasm.

Look at learning as your idea and one that you consider a privilege. You’ll never have to worry about being too old or becoming obsolete when you celebrate all that is new and offers efficiency and health to the practice. 

Janice Hurley

Janice Hurley

Janice Hurley is dentistry’s image expert. Attendees to her courses have consistently described her as dynamic and impactful. She has been honored for more than ten years as one of the top speakers in dentistry by Dentistry Today. A noted authority on treatment presentation and effective in office systems, Janice consults and coaches "hands on" to help every office accurately portray their brand. Dental Hygiene schools use her written protocol standards for both image and effective communication. She is a regular instructor at Midwestern Medical School of Dentistry and received a Lifetime Achievement award this year from AADOM for her impact on those that serve in the dental world.

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