This is a follow up to the post about being an academic in dystopian times in which I encouraged you to : "Double down on the work that is meaningful to you. What makes your teaching meaningful to you? What makes your research meaningful to you? What makes your writing and publishing meaningful to … [Read more...] about Prioritising meaningful work when you are feeling overwhelmed and powerless
I have not a competitive bone in my body. When I play (recreational) sports, I don't even know the score most of the time. People who are competitive find this odd. They wonder how I get motivated to play well if I don't care about winning. I go out there to have a good time and play my best. I … [Read more...] about On not being competitive
A longstanding imaginary-friend-on-the-Internet, who now runs a very successful online business, once said that something I’d said to him years ago had been pivotal to his success. I had no idea what he was talking about. Apparently, back when we were both still trying to figure out what and how to … [Read more...] about Risking doing the work you find meaningful
I was talking with a client about writing and motivation recently. We started with “It’s really hard to write with a gun to your head.” which strikes me as a pretty widespread problem. Whether that metaphorical gun is the REF, the tenure process, or something else, external pressure often triggers … [Read more...] about Reconnecting with the desire to write
That’s one of those faux-medical terms for a very real thing: you feel like you don’t really belong, you aren’t really qualified, and at any moment someone is going to find out and your whole life will come crashing down. It’s related to perfectionism in that it’s about not believing you are good … [Read more...] about Do you suffer from Impostor Syndrome?