OK, while I’m between conferences (was at AWIS, attending Scicon from tomorrow), here is the promised blog. It’s basically a series of notes I wrote while listening to one of the inspirational speakers at the AWIS conference, Jilly Evans – a New Zealander who now runs a biotech company in the US.
Here’s what Jilly had to say about being a successful scientist.
Do something you are passionate about.
Believe in yourself – what matters most is how you see yourself.
Know yourself – understand what is most important to you in the short, medium, & long term: your needs, your strengths & weaknesses. Make a life plan, & be ready to change as new challenges occur.
Think positively; celebrate success; be a ‘can do’ person.
Don’t sweat the small things, but look at the big picture. Will what’s happening now matter in a year’s time.
Don’t take criticism of your science personally. And don’t always assume that what someone says about you is true.
Choose your friends & your partners well.
You can’t do it all, all by yourself – get help when you need it.
Don’t undervalue yourself – take full credit for your accomplishments.
Be confident & aim high.
Show generosity of spirit to yourself and to others.
Try to balance work with the rest of your life: work smart (not long); prioritise & plan each day; don’t let people steal your time; and say ‘no’ sometimes.
As you can see, this really was an inspirational talk. I hope you find something there for yourselves.