Be brave enough to suck at something new!
I can not claim the catchy title for myself, but as I saw it on Twitter I thought I must share it!
Is there anything new that you've been wanting to try for a while but haven't? I know that I am so attached to the idea of being "good" or even "perfect" at what I do, that it can stop me from trying something new, or even trying what I know I want but think might be too difficult.
For me, the trying something new is going after what I really want rather than sticking to what feels "safer" or more comfortable. To do this, that means networking with people I haven't met because they are the people who might be able to help me pursue the research that I really care about, in a location that I want to me. The alternative is to stay along the path that I am on, which I have shown an aptitude for and have more chance of excelling at either in or out of academia.
How about you - is there something that you've been wanting to just go for but haven't yet (either in life or research)? With some community spirit and hopefully some tips, I'm hoping we can all take those steps out of our comfort zone to achieve those great things we want!