Covering the Last 3.5 years in 1000 words or less..(Part II)

Posted: July 6, 2012 in Uncategorized

Spoiler Alert: This post is over 1000 words but the title was catchy so ‘Soup’ and I (Justin) decided to stick with it! Anyway, judging by the feedback I got yesterday, I would take an educated guess and say Jake’s first post was a smashing success (I told you, you would not be disappointed).

For any of you who may have missed Part I click here.

Ok enough of me, take it home ‘Soup’…

Hello again!  If you’ve been following along in your guide books thus far, you will see that we’ve touched upon several quotations/reasons that support why you should surround yourself with smart, hardworking people and continue to read well beyond the classroom.  I’d like to thank Justin for allowing me a chance to blog like I’ve never blogged before (because this truly is the first time I’ve ever done it, so that makes sense).  I hope you all enjoy the “Do’s and Do Not’s” of Part II…

Do:  “Find a Big (Internal!) Motivator”

It’s been said that in order to make a big change, motivation must come from inside.  External motivators on their own can and will certainly give you a kick in the caboose when needed, but true change has to be inspired from within.  We all need a “reason why” — a real purpose and a sense of why accomplishing a given task is important to us.  This applies to losing weight, putting on muscle mass, conquering a test, winning your age group at a local race, getting places on time, quitting smoking, becoming the best DC, PT, OT, SLP, CSCS, etc. you can be… the list is endless.  All of the external motivating factors in the world will not trump a true, internal desire to create opportunities and to create positive change in yourself and those around you.

“Motivation is the currency of skills acquisition” – Joe Baker

(The caveat to this is that sometimes we do need extra motivation/the help of others to actually start making change.  This is when you can fall back on your support network (of smart, motivated people!) to help give you the extra sauce for your domination sandwich)

(Please note: the above idea was blatantly stolen/altered successfully from a recent post by Dr. John Berardi of Precision Nutrition).

Do NOT: Rely solely on external motivators

Of course, we often times must do activities that are not enjoyable but that we are expected to perform.  Case(s) and point(s): homework, hanging out with your mother in-law, sleeping in a hotel room with your significant other AND your parents …you get my point.  The idea is that we need to want to make changes in the lives of our patients/friends/family members/ourselves rather than simply doing things because they are expected.

Do: Keep showing up.  It doesn’t matter how smart or good-looking or skilled you are.  If you don’t show up to your workplace, family events, places you’re expected to be at, or elsewhere, people will quite frankly expect less of you (and no, that does not mean you can then skirt responsibilities).  You can be the best/hottest/smartest/most awesomest thing since Huey Lewis and the News, sliced bread, and/or Brad Pitt in “Meet Joe Black”, but if you don’t show up, there are certain consequences.

Real world example: A co-worker of someone I know consistently does not show up to a full work week.  If 5/5 is batting 1.000, they are solidly at a .600 – an excellent batting average, but a sub par attendance record.  The natural assumption is that this person should probably be fired, but they happen to be good at what they do.  The fact remains however that the person I know as well as their other co-workers now anticipate this person taking off and certainly think less of them.  Not that we should live and die by what others think, but we must carry out actions when others are relying on us to do our job/show up.  As Woody Allen said, “90% of life is just showing up.”

Do NOT: …self-explanatory? AKA “Don’t be a menace to South Central (while drinking juice in the hood”) AKA Don’t be a burden when you could be a blessing

 Do: Enjoy being humbled and confused. Take criticism openly.  If someone is suggesting something that you can do better, listen with an open mind.  At the very least, they may offer a different perspective than you have.

As David McCullough Jr., a teacher at Wellesley High School, said so beautifully in a recent commencement speech

“You are not special.  You are not exceptional”.  This was not the main point of his speech (you should really watch the whole thing to find out what the main point was!), but the fact remains that there is so much left to learn, to know, and to do in this world that it is truly impossible to ever feel like you know everything.  Any chance you have to learn from someone is a wonderful opportunity to take advantage of.

Do NOT: Be afraid to admit you are wrong or tell someone you will have to look it up.  Honesty and determination to figure out an answer are far greater qualities than arrogance and ignorance.


Let people know how much they mean to you, let your patients know that you appreciate their referrals, and let your parents know that they rock (even though the stork was the one who clearly brought you into their lives).

“People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Do NOT: Not CARE! (and I shall award myself 10 points for the double negative)

Lastly, and bucking our trend of only “DO-ing” things right, Do NOT… ever think that you’ve made it.   This concept is similar to some of the ideas that we’ve gone over so far, but it’s imperative that you always stay hungry, stay motivated, and definitely stay classy.  As Dr. Mark King (President of Motion Palpation Institute) shared with us so beautifully and eloquently at a seminar, “If someone tells me they are the best chiropractor in the world, then they probably have a small penis”.

I hope everyone has enjoyed these basic “Do’s” and “Do NOT’s”.  While implementing all of these principles at all times is hard work for sure, it’s only a matter of being the best version of you that you can be at every available chance.  If we can embody most of these ideas on a regular basis, we and everyone around us will reap the benefits.  And after all, nobody wants to be an unmotivated, unapproachable, uncaring person who never shows up and doesn’t/can’t read!


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