"Being jumped on by an army of small, intelligent beings after the worst day you've ever had in the lab can actually be stress-relieving."
"Even if the tune in your head is 'You can keep your hat on', never, ever succumb to the temptation to strip, even just a little bit."
If you have a good idea, don't just throw it into a grant application--do the pilot experiment and get that result in hand.
"It's amazing how presenting your paper in a nutshell makes the real worth of your discovery shine."
When you go hunting in this way you're looking for connections to your own research that nobody else in your field has spotted before.
"This may sound a bit on the light side, but it guarantees that you are working on all, and no more, of the essential ingredients that need to be incorporated in your paper."
"Admit that sooner or later you need to be yourself when you're at work--and that's when you'll start to enjoy it."
"Expressing a willingness to learn more or admitting a small weakness will make you appear honest."
"Having pinned down the detail, I had a clear view of where I wanted to get to, but I now had to suggest how to get there."
If you read things at face value and don't wise up to the hidden meanings in paper-speak, you might get left behind.
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