I sucked at most things in the lab.
2. Find your strengths.
I was good at a few things, particularly statistics and animal behavior.
3. The lab is wherever you are.
You have the internet in your pocket, don’t you?
Solve your own problems. Other people are likely to have the same problems too.
5. Learn how to solve problems
By developing a specific framework for solving problems you can systematically create a solution over time.
6. What gets measured gets improved
In the lab you measure EVERYTHING. Imagine if you started measuring the things you want to improve?
7. You don’t need a PhD to be a scientist.
You just need curiosity.
8. Be an independent thinker
You can take other people for their word, or you can evaluate their conclusions for yourself. Your solution, it turns out, exists where other people’s assumptions are.
9. Do work that excites you.
Nothing sucks more than being stuck long hours working on a project you couldn’t care less about. However, even projects you love have difficult periods of time where it takes a tremendous amount of effort to keep yourself on track, back on track, and motivated.
10. Be an entrepreneur
The lab needs to pay the electric and water bill too, and so do you. So learn how to sustain yourself and your lab financially.