By Dr. Tom “The Gems Guy” Orent
around. You’re likely familiar with my “Perfect Storm” story. Twenty-three years ago, I was one million dollars in debt, divorced frommy wife, and embezzled by my office manager. I was told to file bankruptcy and nearly lost my home and my practice. Although there are several folks to whom I owe a debt of gratitude, Dan’s mentoring was the primary reason I was able to survive … and eventually thrive … in dentistry and here today on Planet Gems. Dan taught me what my father would have if he could have. But my dad was going through his own business and financial struggles. Before I continue, I’ll share a letter Dan just wrote to those whose lives he touched.
on the final journey of no more than a few days before exit. Consequently, I won’t be interacting here anymore. I have a couple of things to say to you. First, it has been a great privilege to have worked for you, and with you, and to have had your interest and patronage. You have made it possible for me to do work that interests me, that I chose, and that I felt meaningful and worthwhile. Second, I never thought of this as just a transactional business but also as a genuine relationship, a community, and a movement.
Thank you, Dan. Thank you for your friendship, thank you for being my mentor, and thank you for your guidance in business and in life. I had two of the most wonderful parents any man could wish for. I loved them both dearly. Until we lost her last year, my mother, Daisy, was a fixture at every Gems Family Members’ Retreat. My parents prepared me well for college and life. But, when I graduated from dental school near the top of my class, I had no idea how little I knew or how much I had yet to learn about the business of dentistry.
"I find myself in the unusual position of regretfully announcing my death."
A PERSONAL LETTER FROMDAN KENNEDY
FROM: DAN S. KENNEDY, PERSONALLY
TO: Magnetic Marketing No B.S. Inner Circle Members, “Lifers,” Friends and Advantage Family Members
As I said to you at the 2018 SuperConference in Orlando right after AdamWitty purchased GKIC, I never had a son, but, if I had one, I would want it to be Adam because of his big heart, integrity, and commitment to help entrepreneurs grow. Adam and I have worked closely together for the past 12 years. He has integrated and used my teachings in his business so successfully that he is the
I find myself in the unusual position of regretfully announcing my death. Usually people are having to do the opposite: deny rumors of their passage. I am writing this in hospice after a 10-day maelstrom of multiple overlapping infections, surgical procedures, and diabetic and heart conditions. This set in motion an irreversible downward spiral, and I am now
THEWIZARD BEHIND THE CURTAIN
Dan Kennedy is the man responsible for helping me turn my practice and my life
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