(Like many other young scientists) I often struggle and can’t but help feeling overwhelmed with the tasks stacked against me. Paying bills on time, moving forward in work, keeping my personal life from falling apart and maintaining a decent set of hobbies that keep me from working 24/7. And often, I look at other scientists who are successful and marvel at how they don’t seem to be facing these struggles. Am I making it too hard? How are they doing this?
Which is why this story over at Huff Post really struck me. A very successful scientist, Dr Mary-Claire King who was dealing with some VERY personal problems. She then went on to find the gene associated with breast cancer BRAC1 and change women’s health. We all struggle, pretending we don’t isn’t doing anyone any favors.
When have you struggled? Who do you talk to when you do?
Post-post note: My friend Matt Pennell is unquestionably good at what he does. We started graduate school together, but he was on a different level and at a different pace than the rest of us. But whenever I was feeling stupid or foolish, or just not able to do this academia stuff I would go talk to Pennell. Because he would have a story about how he was struggling, some things he was having problems with, or personal and professional setbacks he was also facing. Matt is, and will continue to be a star, and hearing things like this from someone like that really helped me. Still does.