Guidelines for Life -- Rules for Success

July 24, 2012

At this week's Health Physics Society Annual Meeting in Sacramento, California, we are honoring our namesake and founder, Dr. Dade W. Moeller, who passed away last year. To all those who visit our booth at the Meeting, we are offering postcard-sized remembrances of Dr. Moeller's best words of wisdom.

Dr. Dade W. Moeller's Guidelines for Life--Rules for Success, distributed to attendees of the Health Physics Society Annual Meeting in Sacramento, California, July 2012.


Dade W. Moeller

  1. Don't ever burn your bridges! The person you tell off may be the one who will be asked to provide an endorsement for your next important position.
  2. Don't sell yourself short. At the same time, however, don't over rate your own performance.
  3. You cannot lift yourself up by running everyone else down.
  4. Leaders emerge; they are seldom appointed.
  5. Your job is what you make it; don't wait for the boss to tell you what to do.
  6. Shape your job so you are doing what you like to do; when you're having fun, time flies; a clock watcher will never be more than a hand.
  7. Do every job a little better than anyone expects. If it's good enough, it's not.
  8. Do your homework; be as well informed as possible on every subject that the committee or work group to which you have been appointed is scheduled to discuss.
  9. Analyze your data. File cabinets are full of data that were collected and stored without ever gaining the benefit of the understanding and insights that the simplest of analyses would have revealed.
  10. Finish the job--this often includes writing a paper on what you have done and publishing it; don't stop just short of the goal line.
  11. Respect your coworkers and supporting staff. These include the technicians in the laboratory, the people who tabulate the data, and the janitors who keep the building clean.
  12. Never let your education interfere with your work. Just because you have a degree does not make you better than others.
  13. When you are near a fountain of knowledge, do everything possible to get thoroughly soaked.
  14. Volunteer for new assignments, including a transfer to another city for a position with more responsibility--even if it does not include a salary increase.
  15. Be active locally--in your professional society, civic activities, youth work, and your church. National leaders emerge from those who lead locally.
  16. Finally--remember that you should never take both a sleeping pill and a laxative just prior to going to bed for the night.
If you did not attend the Health Physics Society Annual Meeting but would like one of the postcards sent to you, please fill out the contact form on our website HERE.