Working Hard Does NOT Mean Success (at Grants or Anything Else)
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 than once.
For example: I’ve had a few conversations with a smart scientist who works for a hard-driving, work-all-the-time boss at a major university. This hard-driving boss is in the lab all the time. Nights. Weekends. Days.
No social life. Health problems. Unhappy employees.
In the past few years, this hard-driving boss has had trouble getting grant funding to keep her lab running.
Her response? Everyone must work harder.
Has that solved the problem with funding? No.