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Stress in Research. Part II: Research Worth and Self-Worth – The Exclusive Or – On academic, expatriate, and other unusual forms of life.
The mental tricks that work a bit for me, may not work for you. So I’ll list a few different mental strategies, strategies for self-talk — those who know me will know that I am a big fan of talking to myself — that you can experiment with.

One strategy is to focus on the fun, for example, by treating a tenure-track faculty job like a seven-year postdoc. Richard Feynman has a wonderful story about recapturing fun in his research. One always wonders if Feynman’s stories are exaggerated, but the principle of countering stress by fun is surely sound.

Another good strategy is to have backup sources of self-worth. Academic jobs are naturally set up this way. Even if no one reads my papers the minute after I die, or frankly, the minute after they’re written, I’ve still taught hundreds of students about fundamental knowledge that has helped them, if only a little. That’s another source of professional self-worth. Or of course, one can seek self-worth from being a good child, parent, spouse, sibling, and friend. Both of these — teaching and family — are instances of a more general point. We should find worth in our relationships with other people.
research_advice  career_advice 
april 2018 by acompa
A Career Cold Start Algorithm
I should do this for every new job or project.
career_advice  communication 
march 2018 by acompa
Are you out of alignment? – Camille Fournier – Medium
Camille briefly describes how one can struggle to fish for the right problems to solve. Relevant in a post-Radio world for me.
career_advice  tech_management 
march 2018 by acompa

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