PLATTSBURGH — Dr. William Caldon didn’t find success as a dentist and entrepreneur without learning some life lessons along the way.
Before becoming one of three owners of High Peaks Dental, the Plattsburgh resident became the first in his family to not only attend college, but to graduate high school.
Throughout his journey, Caldon discovered nine basic tenets to achieving success, which he shares in the forthcoming book, “Breaking Through.”
The work includes chapters written by several leading entrepreneurs, including President of North Carolina’s High Point University Nido Qubein, whom Caldon jumped at the chance to collaborate with.
“He’s one of my heros,” said the dentist, whose first book, “Out Front: Business Building Strategies from Frontline Entrepreneurs,” was a best-seller on Amazon.com upon its release in 2012.
Caldon authored a chapter in “Breaking Through” titled, “Achieving Success: Not Just for the Rich And Powerful,” in which he writes that the first tenet of success is to “associate with and learn from people who are better, smarter and more successful than you are.”
“I used my wife as an example for that,” he said.
Having attended a unique school in Kentucky where students enter high school upon completing sixth grade, Caldon entered Thomas More College at barely 16.
Without a vehicle, he found himself hitchhiking back and forth between his full-time job and his classes, in which, Caldon admits, he didn’t get very good grades.
“At the time, I was probably partying too much,” he said.
LEARNED FROM FUTURE WIFE
It was at Thomas More College, however, that the future dentist met his wife, Margaret, who, despite having to raise eight younger siblings and hold a part-time job, was doing quite well in school.
“She was always on the dean’s list,” Caldon said.