Celebrating Success

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As a member of a small subset of the already small community of veterinary medicine, it was inevitable that I would end up in competition with a friend.

Before I begin, I want to make it clear I am not inherently competitive. I genuinely want everyone to be successful. In fact I personally loathe “competition for the sake of competition.” While this may sound like some kind of everyone-gets-a-ribbon soapbox, it’s not that. We all show up, give our all, and some will outshine and that is so, so fine! I am good hearted and trust – no, I hope that everyone else is as globally pro-success-minded, that we all want to cheer for one another as we, in turn, perform at our best in the moment. Some will “win,” some will “lose,” but we all win when we are supportive of one another. What goes around, comes around, so they say.

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The Wisdom of Adversity

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I frequently ponder which has been my better teacher, success or failure. For me the scale usually tips towards failure. On the surface this looks like a cup-half-empty instead of a cup-half-full way of looking at life. However, I’ve come to see failure as a gift although it usually doesn’t feel that way, at least initially. Failure is part of the struggle we all have to achieve our purpose as leaders or as human beings.

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Coffee to sugar ratio

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I was on call over the weekend and met my husband, Tim the other day for breakfast. We got our usual coffees and omelets. I’m a bit particular when it comes to my coffee and had managed to add just the right amount of sugar. When the blonde waitress in her 50’s came around for refills, I stopped her and proclaimed with a smile that I didn’t want to alter my “perfect coffee to sugar ratio”.

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Garage Door

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As I sit here this morning getting ready to welcome the participants of the 2013 VLE powered by the AVMA-PLIT, I am reminded of my own experience as a participant. Though it was 2 years ago, I use the lessons learned on a daily basis. We often hear that the event is “life-changing.” Based on my experience, I would say what really happens is the VLE gives participants the tools necessary to change their own lives. It is a subtle but important difference, as I believe you have to change your own life. Read More

#VLILeaders making a difference!

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Congratulations to VLE alumna Laura Baltodano, Washington State University CVM Class of 2013, who was presented with the Anna E. Worth AAHA Student Leadership Award at the AAHA Annual Conference in March 2013. Laura was recognized for outstanding student leadership through her service to the WSU Pet Loss Hotline and development of an AAHA Clinical Skills Training Program at WSU.

Crawfish Boil at SAVMA Symposium 2013

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Amazingly yummy little critters and amazingly awesome VLE friends!!

How about an informal VLE reunion at the SAVMA Louisiana Crawfish Boil on Friday night? Thanks to my experience during the Tiger Leadership Experience back in January, I am ALL ABOUT THE CRAWFISH and would love to share my crawfish extraction techniques with all my fellow VLE’ers. I am looking forward to stepping up the learning ladder from conscious incompetence to conscious competence!!