Back to Blog Home

As the CEO of my own business, I’m on a plane a lot. But at the Entrepreneur Organization”s annual Thrive conference in Cleveland, I flew like I’ve never flown before!

For me, this conference kicked off with a wild flight with Air Combat USA. I can tell you right now: It was the most awesome thing I have ever done in my life! We took flight in two fighter planes. The pilot told me we were skipping 18 months of flying lessons and going straight to the hard stuff. I could not believe what I was doing. We dove straight down, then pulled straight up toward the sun. We looped and stalled the plane at zero gravity. It was so radical. I threw up twice, but kept on going.

Tonya Cleveland EO FlightYou might ask: What the heck does this experience have to do with business and dentistry? Other than the obvious lesson to brush one’s teeth after puking, I had to trust my judgment. I had to make decisions on the fly (literally!). I had to take risks. I mean, REALLY take risks. I had to trust that the guidance I was getting from an expert (the pilot right beside me) was sound advice. And I had to rebound from a bad situation (hurling) and persevere to triumph in the end.

 

Take a look at my experience, and let me know what you think! Buckle up!

DentalPost CEO Tonya Lanthier Engages in Air Combat at Thrive 2014!                                            Click here to view video:  http://youtu.be/EIree9ewzuk

In addition to this incredible adventure, I learned from some fantastic speakers at Thrive 2014. Jodi Berg, President/CEO, Vitamix, is the third generation of her family to lead that company. That’s a pretty big deal, since only 12-13 percent of family-owned businesses make it to the third generation.

We hit the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, where Yahoo Tech’s David Pogue – a former New York Times writer and contributor to several television shows – made me laugh until my muscles ached. His talk on “Let’s Get Disruptive!  The Unrecognizable New World of Technology & Culture” really put the spotlight on how high tech is changing our world.

Another highlight was the headline event from the last day called “An Apple a Day Keeps Innovation at Play” with Steve Wozniak, Co-Founder, Apple Computers. “Woz” told so many stories about his best friend, Steve Jobs, and the passion they shared for their company. The moderator at the event asked Woz a question, and he talked for 25 minutes without taking a breath. The crowd cheered with laughter and applauded when he finished his long, passionate response. The collaboration between Steve Jobs and Woz was just amazing. Woz described the relationship between the two friends and business partners, which included good times and bad. It was a true collaboration, with Jobs the moneymaker and Woz the creator. The shared passion is part of what made the company a runaway success and household name.

We, as business leaders or practice leaders, should bring that kind of passion to our work, too. It might not make us a household name – or maybe it will! – but passion is directly related to innovation. We’re more willing to take risks to find new products or ways of achieving goals. When we are passionate, we don’t want to leave things the way they are; we constantly want to make them better.

Flying by the seat of my pants really brought these points home for me: If you’re going to do it, do it BIG, and be willing to take risks because that’s when innovation happens. Oh, and don’t forget to always take a toothbrush with you. You never know when you’ll need one!


DentalPost is the dental industry’s premier and largest online and mobile job board.
We connect and educate more than850,000 job seekers in the U.S. and Canada to build better places to work through teams that excel.

Featured Posts

Want to Temp as a Dental Hygienist or Assistant? Use This Mindset Checklist for Success 

Posted June 21, 2019

Spend more time with family.  Have more time to pursue hobbies, go back to college, or write a book.  Earn extra income to supplement your current job.  Why do you want to temp as a dental assistant or hygienist? Temping in a dental office can be a super-convenient way to earn while maintaining a flexible […]

Read more

6 Ways to Take Advantage of a Slow Job Market

Posted May 24, 2019

So you’ve decided to find a new job—only to discover that the market is scarce. Job markets (like any market) ebb and flow. Some months, like September and October, are better than others because a lot of companies want to hire before the frenzy of the holidays. Other months, like June and July, aren’t so […]

Read more

5 Ways to Handle a Difficult Coworker

Posted May 10, 2019

Every working professional runs into a problematic coworker eventually. It’s simply the odds of working with other people. Not everyone you work with will mesh or vibe with your personality or work style. While you can solve a lot of these situations by just ignoring the person, bad coworkers can become a serious issue if […]

Read more