How to be a good scientist is a question I keep asking myself. Here are a few random thoughts based my own experience and my observation of colleagues and trainees. I see this as my work philosophy and I hope it could be helpful to people in my group.
- Follow Passion
Follow nothing but your passion. If you are not motivated by your project, do yourself a favor and seek immediate change.
- Fly High
Everybody loves low-hanging fruit. Fly as high as possible so that you can see fruits others don’t see, or fruits that are low to you but high to others.
- Think Differently
You may find a high-hanging fruit reachable from a different angle.
- Say No
Say no to a hundred opportunities to ensure the success of one.
- Have Backup
Productive people work on several projects simultaneously and employ multiple approaches in the same project in parallel, not in serial.
- Embrace Failure
You may get a quick paper if everything go as planned, but you can grow faster by learning from failure.
- Keep Records
Prepare detailed and well-organized documentation so that others can easily follow and appreciate your work.
- Be Nice
Volunteer work is an easy way to win friends and build collaborations.