Tag: psychology

Lessons from Working a 24 Hour Shift

I occasionally do locum work at different universities.  Locum is short for locum tenens, a Latin term describing temp work for doctors.  I assume they don’t call it “temp work” because doctors would rather be called “locums” rather than “temps”.  In any event, I am usually on call the entire time, and during my last

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How to Be Successful: Don’t Gossip

At one institution where I worked, gossip was the game of the day, every day.  The staff gossiped with the faculty who gossiped with each other. It was largely because the flow of information was terrible- there was no communication from senior leadership, so everyone speculated on what was going on.  It created an unpleasant

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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: Self-Reflection and Self-Honesty

One of my friends has told me she is interested in pursuing a residency because she wants to be respected by the community and be a Person of Importance.  In our study of senior students interested in internships, many of them expressed an interest in being The Expert. I applaud both of these sentiments because

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How to Be Successful: Show Up

Show up.  That’s it.  End of blog post.  You can believe me and stop reading or you can read on if you need more convincing. Living in the South is strange in so many ways. One which you would not expect is the approach service workers (plumbers, electricians, roofers, contractors, etc.) take to showing up.

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How to be Successful: Be Appreciative

We were flying home this weekend and saw a guy in first class who wasn’t exactly bad; he just acted entitled. The steward had to ask him twice to put his computer away. On landing, the steward had to tell him to buckle his seatbelt. Before takeoff, the steward was asking everyone loudly about a

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How to be Successful: Growth Mindset

Since vet schools care so much about GPA and GRE scores, you would think that being an amazing vet student, intern, resident, or faculty member is largely about intelligence. Being smart helps, no doubt about that. But it is only one piece of the puzzle, and an arguably small piece at that. The best veterinary

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