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What Do You Do For A Living?

Recently, in a smoky bar, where my band (shout out to The Vinyl Brothers!) was getting ready to play, the bar manager, who knew there were several doctors in the band, asked me what kind of doctor I was.  When I replied that I was a dentist, he said, “So you work on people’s teeth?”  Obviously, I said, “Yes.”

But…I lied.  I don’t work on people’s teeth.  Yes, it is true that I did that for many years—but not now.

After 18 years, “working on people’s teeth” is no reason to get out of bed.  You can only do so many dental restorations before routine dentistry becomes…well, routine.

So, you have to move.  Your mind.

To a higher purpose.  Here’s how:  Rolex will tell you they don’t sell watches—they sell luxury.  Ritz-Carlton will tell you they are not a hotel chain—they are the gold standard of hospitality.  I don’t “work on people’s teeth”—I enhance their quality of life.

A stretch?  I don’t think so.  And at 48, that’s about all that matters.  And… it gives me a reason to get out of bed in the morning.

Enhancing someone’s quality of life.  That’s the kind of thing I can do for a long time.

What do you do for a living?


  1. Well Tim, it doesn’t get much better than what I do. I spend my days making women feel better about themselves. Whether with permanent cosmetics through Asheville Permanent Makeup Clinic or working with cancer patients and survivors through Beauty Through Cancer….it is all fulfilling, every minute of every day…even when I am tired and overworked I love it. I’m lucky. Being of service to others is a gift to ourselves. Nothing is more fulfilling. It brings me joy….


  2. David Ginn says:

    Hey Tim,

    I’d like to think I make a difference through, where exercise, nutrition, and support equal success.

    As a Beachbody coach, I help people achieve their goals to lead healthy, fulfilling lives. Through quality home fitness programs and support from my FREE fit clubs and coaching, when you Decide to Commit, you will Succeed!

    “Inspire yourself … then others!” is a goal I strive for everyday. In fact, I’ll try to inspire others this Saturday, 10/22/11, when I host the Beachbody Super Saturday Event at the Double Tree Biltmore in Asheville.

    Sorry to go all commercial on you, but you asked 🙂


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