Tag: success

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: Answer Emails

A while ago, I posted this question on my Facebook wall: “Is answering emails promptly a requirement for white collar work?” My professional friends responded with a resounding, “It is, and those who don’t make everything harder for everyone else.” In your endless quest to aim for zero, this is an obvious step. Not answering

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Would you Rather Be Smart or Have a Good Personality?

I belong to a private Facebook group for those who graduated in my class in vet school.  When a discussion about grades came up, one of my classmates pointed out many internship programs select people that are easy to get along with over the ones with amazing grades.  My reply was, “Oh man, personality trumps

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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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