“There is more to life than increasing its speed.”– Gandhi
Patience is a rare commodity these days. A lost art. Everything has become an unnecessarily hasty venture, with little time to stop and think about what we are doing before we actually do it!
In Orthodontics, as in life, patience is a great virtue. We, as orthodontists, have always prided ourselves on our vision, foresight and “long-term thinking”. After all, these are important skills in our profession. However, many of us may often fail to live by our own “assumptions”. I, for one, have been guilty of this myself on many occasions. But the fact of the matter is that there is no substitute for patience if we want to perform at our very best and provide the best results for our patients. This actually starts from the very first consultation visit, through actual active treatment and all the way to post-treatment follow-ups. Patience and just “slowing down” provides us with the time necessary to focus, think, plan, and reiterate, until we can produce better results with maximum efficiency. After all, “If not Excellence, What? If not excellence Now, When?” as Tom Peters states in his interesting book “The Little Big Things: 163 Ways to Pursue Excellence.”