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COUGAR ORIENTATION AND LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE

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Reference Book

Although we want to encourage you to work hard and play hard (a great aim throughout your career!), we also want to urge you to take some time to prepare for a successful start to school. Time spent now will pay off great dividends during your first year! We highly recommend that you get this book and read it before coming to school. It has been carefully chosen to provide you with the best possible foundation for your positive transition to veterinary school.

We strongly urge you to get this book and read it BEFORE you start school in August! It will provide you with the best “head start” we can provide and will lay a great foundation for a successful veterinary career. Please do yourself a favor and GET THIS BOOK!!



Mindset: The New Psychology of Success Mindset: The New Psychology of Success is an excellent overview of the current research on how to be a successful contender at every challenge you undertake. It explores how personal perspective either limits or enhances your ability to succeed. Mindset #1 is called the “fixed mindset”. Holding on to these beliefs can close down options and opportunities. Mindset #2 is the “growth mindset” which is curious, optimistic and hopeful. We will use many of these principles in the upcoming Cougar Orientation and Leadership Experience (COLE) and know you will benefit from having a solid understanding of them throughout your entire professional career.


Mindset #1

I want to make sure I succeed.
I believe my abilities are "fixed."
Success = proving I'm smart and/or talented.
Failure means I'm not talented or good enough.
Failure means "I am a failure." (an identity)
I'm interested in OUTCOMEs.
I avoid challenges.
I thrive in safety - feeling smart and/or talented.
My interest is kept by good results.
I find blame or excuses for mistakes and setbacks.
I feel good enough...
...when I don't make mistakes.
...when it's perfect or when I win.
...when I can do it and others can't.

Mindset #2

I want to make sure I stretch and learn.
I believe my abilities can improve with effort.
Success = stretching to learn something new.
Failure
means I'm not growing or fulfilling my potential.
Failure
means "I failed." (painful, but not defining)
I'm interested in the PROCESS, regardless of outcome.
I seek challenges.
I thrive when challenged or stretched or growing.
My interest is kept by challenge and growth.
I learn from mistakes and setbacks.
I feel good enough...
...when I try hard.
...when I started to figure it out.
...when I work hard and do something I couldn't do before.

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