I am professor of Periodontology at the University of Pisa. I am also an honorary Professor in Periodontology at the University of Hong Kong and University College of London and what is more I have had the honour to serve the European Federation of Periodontology as its President.
And I have been hating dentistry for a significant portion of my life.
In my young years, charged with ambition, I had always thought that the job one chooses should, in some way or another, have to leave a trace for the generations to come.
Yet dentistry, or at least the desire of becoming a dentist, seemed a sort of „minor“ ambition. However, coming from a family of dentists I gave the dental faculty entrance exam a go. I passed, I entered and off I went – results: 2 years being miserable.
Now, 20 years down the road, I am desperately in love with my job. But what is it that make us love what we do?
In fact, think about it for a moment, what is it that motivates you?
It seems that motivation lies on the 3 basic principles: mastery – autonomy – purpose. And in these principles lies, I believe, an explanation why dentistry is such an amazing job… according to dentists, that is.