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The secret of success

From the Journal of the American Veternary Medical Association Sept 1, 2003

Dr. Morgan McArthurAt the General Session, speaker Dr. Morgan McArthur energized attendees with an entertaining and inspirational message. Dr. McArthur, a World Championship Toastmasters speaker who makes his home in New Zealand, wove personal veterinary stories into his discussion of success and the challenges that veterinarians face.

"We have success on parade, the best of the best in the American Veterinary Medical Association," he said, speaking before the AVMA awards presentation.

"I had the privilege of communicating with some of the award winners. It appears to me that success comes in many different colors, has many different definitions, and many different formulae, but there seem to be three elements that weave a continuous thread through success: challenge, persistence, and attitude in the face of adversity."

In his speech, Dr. McArthur focused on challenges and persistence.

He asked the audience to think of their challenges. "Everyone has their mountains, so my question for you is: what are your mountains?"

Is it finding balance in your life, or is it fitness and health? Is it Consumer Reports (referring to the July 2003 magazine article that cast a negative light on the veterinary profession)?

Dr. McArthur asked his audience to think of their mountains not as obstacles but as opportunities. The Consumer Reports article is an opportunity for them to step forward and address public perception, he said.

According to Dr. McArthur, one of the biggest challenges facing veterinarians is change. "If you can adapt to change, life always stays fresh," he said.

Another key to success is persistence. Dr. McArthur used various stories to show how persistence makes a difference in veterinary practice, including an extremely hard delivery of a foal that was positioned upside down and backward. In another, the audience was roped in as he described the strong will of a neighbor who nursed an extremely sick foal back to health.

"In life, we face people who are specialists and say 'no—it can't be done,' he said. "The only one who can destroy our dreams is us. You never know what we can grow into."

Hill's Pet Nutrition Inc. and the Denver Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau co-sponsored the evening.
 
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In 1994 Dr Morgan McArthur became the first veterinarian to ever win the Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking title. People everywhere remember the Morgan McArthur experience. Whether it be as an audience member at one of his unforgettable speeches or one-on-one over a coffee, your life will be enriched in some way.

As a veterinarian he practised for more than 13 years in the cowboy culture of the American west. He joined Toastmasters in 1987 to improve his public-speaking skills. The same drive and focus that propelled him into veterinary school (against all odds, but that's another story) took him to the finals in the prestigious world championship. In 1993 he earned second place. In 1994 he returned to win the title, each time against 30,000 competitors worldwide.

His rich material is drawn from his own life experiences. Audiences and individuals alike can easily relate to him. The thing that makes McArthur different is his extraordinary ability to find higher meaning in his experiences and the way he vividly and masterfully weaves his messages with his stories.

 

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