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Winners vs Losers

The winner is always a part of the answer.
The loser is always a part of the problem.

The winner always has a program.
The loser always has an excuse.

The winner says “Let me do it for you.”.
The loser says “That’s not my job.”.

The winner sees an answer for every problem.
The loser sees a problem in every answer.

The winner sees a green near every sand trap.
The loser sees two or three sand traps near every green.

The winner says “It may be difficult, but it’s possible.”.
The loser says “It may be possible, but it’s too difficult.”.

Be a winner!

The Laws of Herman: A guide for the perplexed graduate student doing research

  1. Your vacation begins after you defend your thesis.

  2. In research, what matters is what is right, and not who is right.

  3. In research and other matters, your adviser is always right, most of the time.

  4. Act as if your adviser is always right, almost all the time.

  5. If you think you are right and you are able to convince your adviser, your adviser will be very happy.

  6. Your productivity varies as (effective productive time spentper day)1,000.

  7. Your productivity also varies as 1/(your delay in analysing acquired data)1,000.

  8. Take data today as if you know that your equipment will break tomorrow.

  9. If you would be unhappy to lose your data, make a permanent back-up copy of them within five minutes of acquiring them.

  10. Your adviser expects your productivity to be low initially and then to be above threshold after a year or so.

  11. You must become a bigger expert in your thesis area than your adviser.

  12. When you cooperate, your adviser’s blood pressure will go down a bit.

  13. When you don’t cooperate, your adviser’s blood pressure either goes up a bit or it goes down to zero.

  14. Usually, only when you can publish your results are they good enough to be part of your thesis.

  15. The higher the quality, first, and quantity, second, of your publishable work, the better your thesis.

  16. Remember, it’s your thesis. You (!) need to do it.

  17. Your adviser wants you to become famous, so that he/she can finally become famous.

  18. Your adviser wants to write the best letter of recommendation for you that is possible.

  19. Whatever is best for you is best for your adviser.

  20. Whatever is best for your adviser is best for you.

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