Thought of the Day

February 10, 2015

Those of you who know me personally know that I am totally forthcoming about all the lucky duck stuff* that has happened to me when it comes to the arc of my career. I do this in part so that I remind myself not to be one of these old farts who thinks he deserves every last bit of funding he ever acquired and it is an outrage when the gravy train goes elsewhere.

I mean, as PP was saying it is probably inevitable that we’ll eventually become that dude. But let’s try to hold it off as long as possible, eh?

Try to be clear at least inside your own head that you’ve *also* had some breaks go your way.
*and pretty much everything else too. I complain a lot.

4 Responses to “Thought of the Day”

  1. Comradde PhysioProffe Says:

    I’m hoping dementia hits before I become “that old delusional dude” .


  2. Emaderton3 Says:

    What, you haven’t been receiving endless fellowships and grants and been publishing in Nature and Science consistently since graduate school???

    In all seriousness, it is nice to hear these types of stories. I often suffer from the “imposter syndrome.” The steps in my career path would make a lovely lecture about how not to succeed/survive in academia. I have had lucky breaks, right time/right place situations, and a few very helpful people along the way. Somehow I managed to get this far. Now I teeter on the edge of the funding cliff and worry about my ability to even continue in the near future. But hey, if it is too easy, everyone would do it, right?


  3. damit Says:

    Yeah, what you said.

    I’m a pretty lucky guy.

    Who submits a crapton of applications and doesn’t think my stuff don’t stink and always works like hell to think fresh to keep pace with all the great work coming in.

    Study section service SHOULD do that for you.

    just a thought….some of these guys/gals are so far removed from current realities in the room that they think they can just mail it in.

    I will also add that in my subfield, some of these old duffers think they should not have to review themselves. There are very prominent PIs who will not agree to serve. If their last experience is long past… are they to know how things are now?

    When I started reviewing it was acceptable (maybe even encouraged) to ask if you really wanted to shut down Professor Bigdeal’s operation. Now program staff get in your grill about such statements…it’s not allowed.


  4. dr.potnia.theron Says:

    We all have had “luck” or random things that have gone our way in life. We wouldn’t be here if it weren’t so. My mother the gerontologist used to say “pick your parents carefully”.

    @CPP Right now, dementia is winning for me.


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