EL050: Leadership, Excellence and Giving, with Dr. William Dorfman – “Dentist to the Stars”
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“Don`t wait for opportunities, make them” – Dr. William Dorfman
Dr William Dorfman has been in dentistry for over 30 years, and in that time has founded, grown and sold for millions of dollars Discus Dental – a dental products manufacturer, become the residential cosmetic dentist on the hit ABC show, “Extreme Makeover”, speaker and guest on CBS`s “The Doctors”, and become the preferred dentist to starts such as Anthony Hopkins, Anne Hathaway and Ozzy Osbourne. He has co-founded LEAP Foundation, a non-profit organization which mentors kids to give them the skills that they need in life that they don`t learn at school. From humble beginnings, William did all of this through promoting the idea of giving and sharing knowledge and displaying a burning passion which has driven him to success.
“If you leave this world without leaving it a better place, what was the point of living?” – Dr. William Dorfman
The giving and sharing of knowledge is something that Dr. William Dorfman firmly believes in. And it is through this philosophy that he has managed to successfully create and sell Discus Dental – a dental products company, regularly appear on TV, work with stars such as Jessica Simpson, Hugh Jackman and Britney Spears, and co-found his non-profit organization, the LEAP Foundation – who helps mentor kids in the skills that they don`t learn at school. In today`s show, Jacob talks to William about how he has got to where he is now from his humble beginnings and maintained his giving and sharing philosophy throughout.
If you prefer to watch the discussion in action, here is my recorded interview with Dr. William Dorfman (please refresh your browser a few times if it isn’t loaded properly the first time):
In this interview you’ll learn
- 01’48” – About William and why he got into dentistry
- 06’51” – How William is different to other dentists
- 12’51” – How and why William started the LEAP Foundation
- 18’07” – Surrounding yourself with people who elevate you, and acting like a `10`
- 23’59” – What you can do to help LEAP
- 28’50” – What William has learned from working with celebrities
- 32’27” – William`s piece of advice for people who are starting a business now
Written Podcast Transcript:
Jacob: Hello everybody, this is Jacob Sapochnick with the Enchanting Lawyer podcast. This is a show where we interview the most inspiring entrepreneurs from all over the world who share their stories with us, help us become more successful, and inspire us to be better at what we do.
And today I have — Well, I think the guest that we have today is somebody very, very special in many ways. The work that he does, the person he became, and the people that he inspires and changed their life. I have Dr. Bill Dorfman here with me.
Dr. Bill Dorfman is — past 30 years he’s been one of the most successful dentist in Los Angeles area. He’s been featured in the TV show Extreme Makeover.” He’s worked with many, many, many celebrities improving their smiles and he is the founder of LEAP Foundation, changing the lives of youths all over the world here in Los Angeles in this unique program here. I’m honored to have Dr. Dorfman here in the show.
Thank you for coming and sharing your time with us.
William: Thanks for having me, Jacob.
Jacob: Like I told you before we started, we got connected by a very special person as well who’s been a rising young man helping other people to become better at what we do. The more I was reading about you I realize that one of the things that made you successful is the fact that you’ve been giving and sharing your knowledge, your passion, and helping others for the past 30 years.
Before we dive in to the show and talk about what you do and some of the things that I would like my audience to know, why don’t you share with us a bit about how you started, why did you become a dentist, and kind of, in a nutshell, where you are today.
William: Well, why I started LEAP or why I started dentistry?
Jacob: I want to know first about your professional life. Why you wanted to become a dentist. Because I know that you come from humble beginnings. Just a regular guy [unclear 00:02:29].
William: I do.
William: I guess it was my fate. I was two-and-a-half years old, I fell down, I hit my baby teeth so hard that instead of knocking them out, I actually pushed them up into the gums and had multiple surgeries in order to ensure that my permanent teeth were growing normally and all that.
And we just had a really great family dentist. Most kids would probably be afraid. I wasn’t. I was actually intrigued by the whole process. Throughout the years I had to have multiple procedures and I thought, you know, this is a really cool profession. It could really help people.
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