10 things I’ve learned through stories of overcoming adversity
By Fred @ Money With A Purpose April 4, 2019
In my blog, Money with a Purpose, I have an interview series.
In those interviews, I hear real-life stories of overcoming adversity from people from all walks of life. Some are fellow bloggers. Many are Millennials. Others are Boomers like me. There are businessmen and women, people who are single and others who are married.
Some of the stories that I’ve heard:
I’ve interviewed people who’ve overcome addiction to drugs, alcohol, and gambling.
One young woman grew up sexually, physically, and emotionally abused.
I talked to a doctor who got through medical school reading at the bottom 5% of his class.
“You and Your Research” Major Bullet Points
By Richard Hamming
Become very interested in the difference between those who do and those who might have done.
Why shouldn't you do significant things in this one life, however you define significant?
“Luck favors the prepared mind.”
I want to dispose of this matter of luck as being the sole criterion whether you do great work or not. I claim you have some, but not total, control over it. Newton on the matter. Newton said, “If others would think as hard as I did, then they would get similar results.”
Great work is something else than mere brains.
You and Your Research” Part 2 of 2 4-1-19
By Richard Hamming
On Monday morning Schelkunoff called him up and said, “Did you come in to work over the weekend?” I could hear, as it were, a pause as the fellow ran through his mind of what was going to happen; but he knew he would have had to sign in, and he'd better not say he had when he hadn't, so he said he hadn't. Ever after that Schelkunoff said, “You set your deadlines; you can change them.”
One lesson was sufficient to educate my boss as to why I didn't want to do big jobs that displaced exploratory research and why I was justified in not doing crash jobs which absorb all the research computing facilities. I wanted instead to use the facilities to compute a large number of small problems.
“You and Your Research” Part 1 of 2 4-1-19
By Richard Hamming
For many years, Bell Labs ran an internal speaker series known as the Bell Communications Research Colloquia Series. This particular talk, given by Dr. Richard W Hamming in 1986, was focused on answering one question: “Why do so few scientists make significant contributions and so many are forgotten in the long run?”
It's a pleasure to be here. The title of my talk is, “You and Your Research.” It is not about managing research, it is about how you individually do your research. I could give a talk on the other subject – but it's not, it's about you. I'm not talking about ordinary run-of-the-mill research; I'm talking about great research.
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