My problem was that I thought I was smart: I won piano competitions; I scored nineties in university; I majored in physics; I published academic papers; I got accepted into a direct-entry PhD program at the most prestigious university in Canada. I was inexperienced, a tad bit narcissistic and too proud. So when life got … Continue reading I got fancy
My exam was scheduled for twelve noon. I remember first stopping by my girlfriend’s apartment before then going to my windowless basement lab to run through the presentation one last time. I was unshaven and dressed like a typical PhD student: dirty sneakers, blue jeans and a wrinkled t-shirt. Ultimately, the effort I had put … Continue reading I failed my qualifying exam
Even if it complicates things. Because it's more fun that way. And that’s how it should be. With the coolest people you know.
And that’s what defines average. Ask yourself if it can be done better.
Is about accepting your flaws and taking criticism towards your character while truly appreciating it. It’s about humility. Because feedback on your character is the hardest to take. Feedback on processes don’t count.
It’s probably not that great. Others will likely think of it too. Come up with something nobody else could fathom. Be the enlightened one.
Without a clearly defined end time. Otherwise you'll waste time.