Being fearful is not a trait I immediately associate with successful people. On December 3rd, however, when Stephanie and I attended a panel discussion titled “Lessons from Women Leading Science,” every single woman on the panel told stories of at least three times in their careers that they were scared. Most of them used the word “terrified” to describe how they felt when they applied for or accepted the positions that made them leaders in science. Conversely, when asked to describe a time they experienced failure, the consensus was, it’s all about perception. They tackled topics on mentorship, failure, family,...
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