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 [...]
That consists of the details. If it’s always in the details, then be sure to ask the right questions to uncover those details.
Or you can stare it right in the face. In this case, choose the path of greatest resistance, because you’ll learn more that way.
Earn it, don't steal it.
Always ask it. To satisfy your curiosity. To validate or repudiate others’ assumptions or logic. To assess others' assumption of your reason for asking it. So you don’t make the same mistakes.
Out loud. Even if to an imaginary audience. You’ll quickly find your gaps.
You get paid for your execution on it.