- Find a field which interests you deeply and focus on that.
- A certain level of a subject (e.g. mathematics) is already enough to achieve excellence.
- March away from the sound of the guns. (don’t enter the fray, create your own fray)
- The more difficult the problem; the greater will be the importance of the solution
One of the responders wrote:
“One thing I would say to any scientist – including young scientists – is to avoid dogma. Scientists these days are guilty of things that they sometimes accuse religious people of, and that is making speculations and passing them as fact. If you have a hypothesis or claim, prove it! Write a paper detailing your methodology, describe your results and put forward your conclusion. Then let the reader come to his or her own conclusion whether your hypothesis has any merit.”