From dentistry to tech startups through testing and validating career ideas - Tom Youngs

Burn From Within

31-12-2020 • 46 mins

In this episode, I talk to Tom Youngs who made the big leap from successfully starting a career in dentistry in a well-respected private practice in the UK, to jumping into entrepreneurship in tech startups.

I met Tom over five years ago - a well-respected coach I had hired suggested he meet me and it was at the start of his career change journey. Five years later, after a few pivots,I noticed how happy he was from a LinkedIn post celebrating working with his team in the tech startup world. So I wanted to find out more about how his career change unfolded.

This episode is particularly relevant for people who feel they have large sunk costs from being in a career for years or spending many years, and a lot of money, training in a profession. It’s also for those whose families are in the same profession as them. Tom ticks all these boxes and came out successfully in a new career he loves.

In this episode we discuss:

  • The moment that hit Tom he was not in the right career for him after years of being focused and dedicated to achieving that goal
  • Managing his career transition working in two tech startups while working at his dental practice
  • Lessons he has learnt in hindsight from making his decision to change career
  • How Tom knows this is the right career for him now
  • Having a sense of freedom and a bubble bursting connecting him to the world
  • What’s the one thing that makes Tom Youngs burn from within?

The full show notes and videos of other interviews are available at - so listen all the way through and enjoy!


  • The Four Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss - the book that influenced thousands, if not millions of people, including Tom Youngs and myself to delve into entrepreneurship and be able to do things they love


And if you want to book a free 20-minute consultation call with Matt Garrow-Fisher to help you on the One Thing to focus on next for your career change, click here.

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