Tag: success

How to Be Successful: Be Prepared

Most people probably know the Boy Scouts of America has the motto “Be Prepared”.  As an Eagle Scout, I obviously embraced this concept and have made numerous successful professional steps that can be partially credited to this motto.  It is similar to another saying I like, “I’d rather have it and not need it than

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Book Review: Teach Students How to Learn

I acquired Teach Students How to Learn: Strategies You Can Incorporate Into Any Course to Improve Student Metacognition, Study Skills, and Motivation by Saundra Yancy McGuire in a burst of purchasing designed to improve my own pedagogical approach.  It was recommended to me by someone I feel is a good educator, and then it sat

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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: 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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