I (Clare) found this amazing website, The Research Whisperer, and their blog today is so relevant and wise.
Sumo! (Photo by Tim Ellis: https://www.flickr.com/photos/tim_ellis)
When you get rejected from a journal or conference, or your grant doesn’t get up, do you retreat to your cave?
Do you have a bit of a tantrum and declare ‘What’s the POINT?’ to innocent passers-by?
I’ve done my fair share of this, and it’s all perfectly normal and healthy for a time. But you have to eventually leave the cave and stop yelling at passersby.
I was talking to a colleague about academic resilience recently – the ability to ‘bounce back’ after papers are heavily criticised or rejected, grants not awarded, or promotions not given.
I’ve seen people respond so differently to these events, though they all start with the same fallen expression.
Some take the entire process as an indictment on their work and position within the field, swear off wasting their time with it all, and disengage.
Others revisit the critique and feedback…
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