Being a Researcher and/or Entrepreneur
posted by shuri on 2010-11-16 11:36:58
tags: news,research,entrepreneurship

This is a quote from "the black swan: the impact of the highly improbable":


If you are a researcher you will have to publish inconsequential articles in "prestigious" publications so that others say hello to you once in a while when you run into them at conferences.

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Many people labor in life under the impression that they are doing something right, yet they may not show solid results for a long time. They need a capacity for continuously adjourned gratification to survive a steady diet of peer cruelty without becoming demoralized. They look like idiots to their cousins, they look like idiots to their peers, they need courage to continue. No confirmation comes to them, no validation, no fawning students, no Nobel, no Shnobel.  "How was your year?" brings them a small but containable spasm of pain deep inside, since almost all of their year will seem wasted to someone looking at their life from the outside. Then bang, the lumpy event comes that brings the grand vindication. Or it may never come.