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My path to contentment

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Science  13 Apr 2018:
Vol. 360, Issue 6385, pp. 234
DOI: 10.1126/science.360.6385.234

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  • RE: My path to contentment

    Dear Edmond,

    Thank you for a wonderful article. When we choose to become a scientist, it should be purely a decision of our own to enjoy beauty of science. This point of view should not be affected by a race to find prestigious institute or publish in high impact journals. If you enjoy doing science, a publication from an ordinary institute in a low impact journal can revolutionize the relevant field.

    Our decision to become a scientist should be to enjoy the science. And if you are focused on faculty positions, promotions or awards, then you are wasting your time and energy which can be used to make new discoveries.

    There is one beautiful quote: "The problem with a rat race is that, even if you win, you are still a rat." And we are scientists, not rats !

    Competing Interests: None declared.

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