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Why Passivity Breeds Mediocrity and Mental Illness - YouTube
A bit iffy about mental issues, but the idea that creatives who act passively end up depressed is interesting.

"Merely to do what others have done is often safe, and comfortable; but to do something truly original, and do it well, whether it is appreciated by others or not - that is what being human is really all about, and it is alone what justifies the love that is self-pride."
career_advice  career_growth  creativity  youtube 
22 days ago by acompa
#47 Embracing Both Sides of Yourself - with Amir Salihefendic & Jerry Colonna — The Reboot Podcast — Overcast
Instead of offsetting different sides of your personality against each other, try integrating those two sides together.
balance  career_growth  career_advice 
4 weeks ago by acompa
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

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