Tag: happiness

How to Be Successful: Be Optimistic

I started reading a blog called Mr. Money Mustache in 2018.  To say it changed my life is an understatement, but one of the things I like most about it is his near-compulsive optimism.  It’s inspiring, it’s infectious, and it’s clearly led him to success.  Once I started to think about it and look around,

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The Key to Motivation

I have a hard time understanding people who have no motivation to do anything meaningful.  I understand lacking motivation sometimes. I have an email in my inbox right now about a research paper I’ve been working on for years.  One of my collaborators reviewed it and suggested a ton of (very constructive) changes. But now

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How to Be Successful: Fail

With 1.8 unique applicants per available position in US veterinary schools, many applicants will not be admitted.  Most intern applicants do not get their #1 pick. Many resident applicants don’t get a residency.  You will make a mistake that kills a patient. One surgeon I worked for said, “If you haven’t seen a complication doing

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What Mindset Should You Have When Applying to Faculty Jobs?

Opinions on this may differ, but I wanted to share with you my philosophical approach to applying to faculty jobs.  It can be summarized pretty easily: don’t bluff and be genuine. This can be harder to do than it sounds. Academic institutions have interesting, but fairly consistent approaches to salaries and raises.  There is usually

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One Year Anniversary!

A year ago, March 2019, I launched The Vetducator blog. Let’s take a look at what we’ve done in the last 12 months. I love statistics. Numbers are so wonderfully illuminating. When I am running statistical analyses, I am in my ‘flow’ state and time just drifts by. So, the numbers first! Visitors: 28,209 Visits:

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Veterinary Academia in a Time of Uncertainty: COVID-19 Special Blog Post

I have to admit, almost all of the reading I have done the past week has been about the stock market and COVID-19.  I’m curious to know about what’s going on, and, although we have a lot invested in the market, I’m primarily bemused because I understand how the market works (Just stick to your

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Have a Life Mission Statement

Strategic planning is one of those oft-maligned phrases which stinks of corporate America.  It involves ideas like Vision and Values and all sorts of other things that companies claim to espouse but probably don’t follow in reality.  The principle of strategic planning is sitting down and figuring out what your organization is about and what

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How to be Successful: Be an RFHB

The other day I popped my head into a faculty member’s office to talk with them about their current struggles with some students.  The faculty member mentioned one student who was being needy and dramatic and problematic, and I said, “Wouldn’t it be great if they just acted like a Reasonable Fucking Human Being?”  The

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