The best things in my life have happened when I’ve been pushed – or pushed myself – just outside of my ‘comfort zone’. When opportunities arise, there’s always a decision to make: will you go for it or not? Will you settle with the status quo – or will you take the plunge?
I believe that people that pursue careers in and around science are a bit more likely than others to go for the unknown and follow a path with an uncertain outcome. There are other career paths for which this may be true, but there happens to be a large number of people here on NN to make my point: Jenny’s writing and her venture with lablit, Matt pursuing a freelance career, Eva starting work on a documentary after finishing her PhD, Ian going into science administration, Richard moving back to the UK and into science publishing (sorry to everyone I’ve left out!).
As for myself, I know a large number of people – family and friends – that shake their heads at my ‘reckless’ behaviour and seriously wonder (and sometimes worry) whether I’ll ever ‘settle’ for something. (I don’t know yet). Sometimes I only find out after making the jump what exactly I’ve gotten myself into, and then have to rise to the occasion.
It’s worth it, though.
This post was first published on Nature Network, which has since been discontinued. The post has been moved to SciLogs, where you can also read the comments made at the time.