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The Priceless Ingredient

The Priceless Ingredient


In the city of Bagdad lived Hakeem, the Wise One, and many people went to him for counsel, which he gave freely to all asking nothing in return.

There came Saim, a young man who had spent much but got little and said:  “Tell me, Wise One, what shall I do to receive the most for that which I spend?

Hakeem answered:  “A thing that is bought or sold has no value unless it contains that which cannot be bought or sold.  Look for the Priceless Ingredient.

But what is the Priceless Ingredient?” asked the young man.

Spoke then the Wise One:  “My son, the Priceless Ingredient of every product in the marketplace is the Honor and Integrity of him who makes it.  Consider his name before you buy.

This inscription above came from an old Squibb’s bottle of mineral oil that was in a box from the office of the first doctor I worked for.  He was in his eighties at the time and the bottle is dated 1913.  Not a bad parable for today.

Summit Practice Solutions has spent the last two and a half decades creating Honor and Integrity with each doctor and office we encounter.  Consider carefully the track record of those you choose to mentor with.

Michael Abernathy, DDS


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