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Someday, I'd like to give a lecture describing every time I failed.

I don't know if I can sit through another talk from someone "successful" who says, "just do what you love" or "never give up" or "you have to give it your all".
This job is hard. It's supposed to be hard. My job is basically turning to the government and asking them for millions of taxpayer dollars (thanks, everyone) to try out ideas I have to see if they work.

That's insane. OF COURSE IT SHOULD BE HARD.
Many people fail at it. The key to success is not to "love it more". That's ridiculous. Every person I know is trying to make a difference in people's health. They love it, They want it.

Insinuating that people don't succeed because they don't "love what they do" is insulting.
And "never give up" implies that if you just try hard enough, you'll succeed. That's ridiculous, too. You can't just try hard. You need to try smart. You need mentors who can guide you and help you to do better.

Succeed in research is more than just effort. See my second tweet.
And my eyes can't roll hard enough to respond to the idea that we have to sacrifice everything on the altar of success. Most people I know who are super successful also have a life. If they don't, they're not doing this right. You can succeed in research and be happy.
If I read one more profile of a successful person who brags that they "never watch tv" I might vomit.

For the record: I watch a ridiculous amount of TV. I play way too many video games. I read for pleasure all the time. I spend time with my kids, my wife, and my friend. And Loki
I take vacations, and when I'm on those vacations, I don't check email. If someone emails me that an RFA just dropped and I'm leaving on vacation, I GO ON VACATION.

Rushing a grant is not a good way to get a grant. You need to do this right, and that involves taking care of you.
And I say all of this not to brag, but to tell you it's very, very hard, and I've worked my butt off to get here, and I did it by working smarter, not harder. I learned from my MANY mistakes. My ERA Commons is littered with unfunded grants.
I spend the vast majority of my time mentoring junior faculty these days. I talk about all the times it didn't go right so they can learn from my mistakes. None of the advice is "do what you love". Nor is it "spend more time at the office".
It's possible to succeed in tenure-track positions, but it's more complicated than a platitude or two. We need to get real about this. I'll stop ranting for now.
Of course the lecture would also have to include every time I got lucky. Because I did. Many times.
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