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Life lessons? After five years of a Ph.D. program, I have learned three things:
- Learn from and respect others
- Use failure as fuel for success
- It's impossible only if it breaks a law of thermodynamics
I went to an elite undergrad business school where part of the education was making you feel good about yourself — effectively to build confidence, but often sacrificing respect for others in the meantime.
When I graduated undergrad, I thought I was pretty clever. After five years of a Ph.D., I have gained a lot of respect for others, especially in fields I previously didn't understand.
Five years of wandering in the unknown means you learn that everyone really does have something to teach you. I am also way more comfortable asking for help now, as I know that expertise is distributed, so it is good to ask for help.
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Source: Business Insider