We all think of labs, beakers, experiments, chemistry, etc when we think about a scientist. Seldom do we consider what it means to be a scientist. We think of the subject more than the philosophy. But I argue that if we all took a moment to examine what it might mean to be a scientist, we would find that there is much that we can all learn.
One day I saw a little list of 10 Rules of a Scientist’s Life. It intrigued me as many of these lists do. Generally they are all worthwhile, giving little tips on living a good life. This one struck me a little closer than others. Now I have it hanging on my wall. When these rules are applied, science can be life. Maybe we should all be scientists.
Here are the rules:
- See failure as a beginning, not an end
- Never stop learning
- Assume nothing, question everything
- Teach others what you know
- Analyze objectively
- Practice humility
- Respect constructive criticism
- Give credit where it is due
- Take initiative
- Ask the tough questions early
- Love what you do, or leave
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