Nature and Nerve
“Like musicians, like mathematicians — like elite athletes — scientists peak early and dwindle fast. It isn’t creativity that fades, but stamina: science is an endurance sport. To produce that single illuminating experiment, a thousand non illuminating experiments have to be sent into the trash; it is battle between nature and nerve.” — Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Gene: an Intimate History
“Grit, in a word, is stamina. But it’s not just stamina in your effort. It’s also stamina in your interests. If you are working on different things but all of them very hard, you’re not really going to get anywhere. You’ll never become an expert.” — Angela Duckworth
Are you in it for the long-term, or are you just doing it because you have to?
You are going to fail. You are going to have crappy days.
You’ll be tired, grumpy, lonely and sad sometimes too.
But if you are pursuing something hard yet something you love doing, you’ll find strength you need on the hard days to keep going.
STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh W.
Daily Blog #484