The following list of emotional skills merges practical aspects, attitudes and values that are helpful for your research when developed in a balanced way:
- Insatiable curiosity
Question everything. Work smart and hard to find answers.
- Put reality over models.
Judge models and ideas by how well they describe or explain real observations. Do not judge observed data by your notions of what you expect.
- Growing intuition
Develop a feeling for how things are and don’t waste unexpected events or errors. They are opportunities to train your intuition to base it more on observations of reality.
- Enduring tenacity
Never give up if a question is important. Instead: work around problems and think outside of the box to find answers. You will be surprised to see what is possible.
- Clever self-protection
Learn when to stop if a question is not that important in the bigger context.
Never ever think you are the center of the universe, know-it-all or can-do-it-all. Accept your limits.
Stand by your observations and know what you can know.
- Learn to live with the unknown
Not everything can be resolved or known about reality. Don’t pretend you can.
- Learn to live with the randomness of life
Research progress, grant writing success, and many other things in life depend on skills and timing and LUCK.
- Learn to live with what you cannot control
You cannot control everything and you do not have to.
- Learn where hope is appropriate
Avoid presumption and despair.
- Find your unique worth and come to recognize your dignity
You are best at being you with your talents. Stop comparing yourself.