Believe in yourself and your intuition. Forget about the naysayers.”
Dr. Veronica Stahl is an international expert and leader in the dental industry. She has delivered care and led teams of medical organizations that deliver optimum care for patients. Her expertise in the fields of implantology, endodontics, and restorative dentistry are pivotal in Cannabite LifeLong’s research and the applications of medical Cannabis in dentistry, which enable her and her team to drive a high impact organization of science-backed treatments.
With advanced studies in dentistry and more than 23 years of dental experience, Dr. Stahl currently works in Belgium and brings a wealth of knowledge and research to the startup Cannabite LifeLong from her time spent at Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. She also spent 14 years working in Israel, which has become one of today’s fastest-growing places for technology startups.
She currently practices dentistry at Euro Dental in Belgium, the Flander region Antwerpen, and is licensed as a dental practitioner in the U.K., Belgium, the Netherlands, and Israel.
Where did the idea for Cannabite LifeLong come from?
I saw so many of my patients suffer from oral pain and dental disease so I started researching new and innovative ways that could help those patients and then this is how Cannabite LifeLong started.
Cannabite LifeLong is one of the first startups to research and develop parts of the Cannabis plant in the dental industry. Although this new application is still in its early stages, it’s designed to help relieve oral pain and heal dental diseases.
We recently registered the company in the United States but will keep our research and development center in Belgium.
What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?
My typical day starts at 5:30 am with a 15-minute meditation, followed by a workout at 6:30 at the gym three times a week. Then I start looking at my emails at 8 am 9 am, followed by clinical work. By 7 pm, I have dinner with my partner and then study online until about midnight.
How do you bring ideas to life?
Bringing ideas to life is the most challenging and rewarding thing. You have to visualize it, believe in it, and build up a framework in order to make it happen and stick to the list.
What’s one trend that excites you?
Augmented Reality is really exciting since it’s being carried over to many industries including banking, retail, and healthcare.
What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?
I stay productive as an entrepreneur by reading books from Tony Robbins and Bob Proctor. It’s the best way to get inspired and motivated.
What advice would you give your younger self?
The one piece of advice that I would give to my younger self is to learn how to look at life with a positive outlook. It’s not the end of the world.
Tell us something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on.
My professional visions are hardly agreed upon by the professional community, and I will tell you a small secret: as much as a vision is not agreed upon, it provides a great opportunity to prove others wrong.
As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?
Believe in yourself and your intuition. Forget about the naysayers. This has been the most effective way to overcome challenges.
What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business?
The one strategy that has helped us grow is finding the right team members with specific expertise to build a viable business structure.
What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?
One failure? In 23 years of work? I had many failures and the most painful ones made me the strong person as I am today. I made it through those failures with perseverance and keeping a positive frame of mind.
What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?
Wow, there are so many different ones with the emergence of new technology. I can’t name one only.
What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why?
On a professional level: it’s hard to find a $100 investment, but the best one that I made is purchasing an online program to study the area of medicine.
What is one piece of software or a web service that helps you be productive? How do you use it?
WordPress because I used it to build my website. It’s easy to use and very cost effective.
What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?
Napoleon Hill’s “Think and Grow Rich“ because it’s so inspirational and uplifting.
What is your favorite quote?
“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” Winston Churchill
- Success doesn’t happen overnight. Patience and persistence are the keys to long-term success.
- Don’t let failure stop you from pursuing your dreams. Learn from your mistakes.
- Surround yourself with the right people and team to maximize your chances of success.
- Always stand by your convictions. Don’t let anyone second guess you.
- Learn from those who have been there and been successful.
Steve (Stefan) Junge hails from Germany and helps with the day-to-day publishing of interviews on IdeaMensch. While he and Mario don’t share a favorite soccer club, their enthusiasm to help entrepreneurs is a shared passion.