Calm in the Storm: Finding Your Zen at Work

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

Have you ever had a panicked colleague breathlessly share how hard they are working on grants, papers and mentoring only to find that you feel completely stressed out just having talked to them? It turns out there’s a biological basis for it. A subset of your brains neurons are activated not only when you feel bad or are […]

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Working Hard Does NOT Mean Success (at Grants or Anything Else)

The Edge for Scholars

There’s this persistent myth that I need to tear down once and for all. Maybe it won’t all happen in this one blog post, but by God I’m gonna give it a good start. The myth? It’s that all it takes to succeed is hard work. I have seen lives destroyed by that myth, more […]

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Why We All Need More Sleep (Really!)

The Edge for Scholars

Do you have a sleep schedule, or is it more of an “I wish I had time to sleep” schedule?  Don’t laugh it off–getting enough sleep is critical for work and life.  As Arianna Huffington, self-professed “sleep evangelist,” writes in the following essay for the Telegraph, a lack of sleep factors into errors of all […]

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To Succeed, Forget Self-Esteem

Rebecca Helton, MA

If you look under the Self-Help heading on Amazon, you’ll find roughly 5,000 books listed under the subhead Self-Esteem. The vast majority of these books aim to not only tell you why your self-esteem might be low, but to show you how to get your hands on some more of it. It’s a thriving business […]

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Checking Social Media Phobia for Academic Parents: Awesome Teen Eden Lytle Offers Her Help!

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

This week we have a special guest posting genius, Ms Eden Lytle, who is sort of amazeballs at everything she does (trust us!). Eden is a senior at Brentwood High School in Nashville TN, and she kindly indulged us in a chat about how hard it is for academic parents to get a sense of what’s frightening and what’s […]

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