The advice you didn’t ask for –
Path is just as important as the destination. If you are enjoying the path, then the destination isn’t that important. And if you aren’t, then the destination is moot. And vet med is a long path. I want you all to look forward to most days; not just see this day as one less in the row to a particular day in the future. If your calendar is full of red x’s and a very few circles, I worry about you because if you are living to a future date rather than living for today, you are missing out on a lot of life and you may be very disappointed when that much awaited day arrives.
We select for a very driven group of people with really odd ways of measuring success and we need to create and use new yardsticks. I know you are surrounded by lots of people who care and who want you to be happy productive vets; our measuring stick for that goal is broken. We can measure a lot of stuff but we can’t measure personal success for each of you.
You are in a great group of people learning really cool stuff and that continues your entire career.
Just like with the leprechaun and the pot of gold: there is no finish line -But there is a really cool journey
Maloneisms to help you get there
- Choose your attitude
- Cultivate your support network
- Live for today, plan for tomorrow
- Reward yourself
- Love yourself
- Enjoy the journey
- There is always a better way
- Moods are contagious; protect yourself
- Find your soothers – 3 deep breaths is good for a lot of things
- Remember why you chose them as a friend or partner