To respect my profession, my reputation and myself. To be honest and fair with patients as I expect my patients to be honest and fair with me; to think of Dentistry with loyalty, speak of with the praise, and act always a custodian of its good name. To be a man whose word carries weight with my fellow – citizens, to be booster, not a knocker; pusher not a kicker; a motor not a clog.
To base my expectation of reward on a solid foundation of service rendered; to be willing to pay the price is honest efforts. To look upon my work as an opportunity to be seized with joy and make the most of it, and not as a painful drudgery to be reluctantly endured.
To remember all the success lies within myself, in my own brain, my own ambition, my own courage, and determination. To expect difficulties and force my way through them; to convert hard experience into capital or future struggles.
To believe in my proposition heart and soul; to carry an air of optimism into the presence of possible patients, dispell ill temper with cheerfulness; kill doubts with strong convictions, and reduce active friction with an agreeable personality.
To make the study of the professional and business sides of Dentistry; to know both sides in every detail from the ground up; to mix brainss with my efforts, and use system and method in my work; to find time to do everything needful by never letting time find me doing nothing.
To make every hour bring me dividends in fees, increased knowledge, or heartful recreation. To save money as well as earn it; to cut out expensive amusements until I can afford them.
Finally, to take a good trip on the joy of life; to play the game like a gentleman, to fight against nothing so hard as my own weakness; and to endeavor to grow as a dentist and as a man with passage or every day time.
THIS IS MY CREED.