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  • Writer's pictureKarl Walker-Finch

Every day I write the book

Updated: Jan 4, 2022

The news is finally out. I’m writing a book. It’s a project I’ve been working on for over a year now, and it turns out it’s quite a lot of work. I’m nearing the end of the editing process and it’ll soon be available to buy, but first, I want to share with you some of the reasons for doing it.

I love being a dentist but it’s not always been an easy journey to get to this point. Dentistry can be a very stressful profession to be in, often it’s the pressure we put on ourselves that makes it so difficult but external pressures and fears about litigation and the GDC can become overwhelming.

There’s no such thing as a guide to happiness or a checklist which once completed will give you a guaranteed sense of fulfilment in your chosen career. I wanted to share my experiences and the things I have found important on my journey so far to hopefully inspire other dentists build rewarding and fulfilling careers themselves.

For those that are becoming disillusioned with the profession to find a way to enjoy their work again.

For those who already love what they do, to provide some tools to help them continue to strive forwards.

As anyone who’s read any of my blogs will recognise that I love reading, especially personal development books but I’ve often been frustrated by a lack of applicability to the unique world of dentistry. I’ve taken some of the best lessons from the months of listening and reading time by so many fantastic authors from many walks of life, Stephen Covey, Austin Kleon, Matthew Syed, Viktor Frankl, James Clear and applied their teachings to real world dentistry.

I’ve also had my own ups and downs inside and outside of dentistry. I wanted to share my journey and exploration of my own mental wellbeing. I’ve shared some thoughts on my blogs before and for my book I’ve delved a little deeper and my wonderful wife, Marisa, a superb psychotherapist, has also given me her expert insights into mental wellbeing. We can talk for days about having a positive mindset, fulfilment in our lives and careers, healthy eating, exercise or a strong network of friends and colleagues, but that doesn’t immunise us against the highs and lows of life. I hope some of the experiences that I share with you will help you in times of need, or help you to support those around you.

All the profits from the sale of this book will be going to Confidental who do fantastic work in supporting dentists in distress. With your support, I want to make a really significant contribution to this fantastic charity.

Over the coming months I’ll be sharing some more themes of the book through the now live In The Loupe newsletter which you can join here (if you instinctively clicked the X in the corner of the annoying pop-up asking you to sign up, sorry about that).

In other news. I wish everyone who's supported my writing through reading these little blogs and the many people who've helped with the book so far a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. For anyone interested in making a New Year's resolution, see my very first blog post here.

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