So i was reading Discover magazine (April 2011 issue) on the flight to Singapore (Ok! I read a lot of magazines! I know! Get off my back already! : ) and there’s an interesting article called, “The Fall and Rise of Douglas Prasher.” Interesting for several reasons, but i’ll focus on one here: Douglas Prasher’s fellow scientists won a Nobel prize for research he started (he learned this over the radio while driving a shuttle van for a car rental company), because he couldn’t find a job that paid him to do science.
Tragic, right? Don’t worry, it all seems to work out. 🙂 But here’s the line:
… he imagined a reenactment of his early career: If only he had networked with other scientists…
So the reason he was driving a shuttle van and not accepting a Nobel prize was that he didn’t network with his peers?
So anyone who spends a lot of time networking with their peers then can expect to win a Nobel peace prize?
Wake up people!
Just kidding (really i’m not : ). This is what i’m talking about; this man suffered for years, driven out of his chosen profession and doing menial labor to support his family, while battling depression, because… he didn’t network enough. That’s what i’m supposed to take away from this guy’s story; don’t end up like Douglas Prasher! Network!
I’d rather learn the real causes to things; the way to really get the result i’m looking for. It’s scientific. Why do you want to win the Nobel prize? To be famous, recognized in your field? Recognize the achievements of others. To be rich? Give! To feel fulfilled in your chosen profession? Try and give other people jobs that will make them feel that way.
Do it for others, do it for yourself. 🙂