Embracing Rejection: the Key to Success?
Constructive criticism can open new doors when it comes to your research
Amanda Hummon | | Quick Read
Norm Dovichi joined our department during my second year as an assistant professor, and we soon discovered a mutual appreciation for coffee and walking. Over the next seven years, he and I would walk to the local coffee shop almost every day. We would often discuss my efforts to set up a lab that sits at the intersection of cancer biology and analytical chemistry.
In particular, I catalogued – in gory detail – each rejected proposal and manuscript. Norm observed that the best thing I could do for my career (and sanity) was “to be like a duck and let it roll off your back.” He pointed out that distancing myself enough from the feeling of failure would allow me to use the painful criticism to improve my science.
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