The importance of stick-to-it-iveness

The stand up comic from 1950s, Lenny Bruce, wrote in his excellent autobiography titled “How to talk dirty and influence people”, that he finds medical students to have a an “attitude of stick-to-it-iveness” that is missing from his daily life. Lenny Bruce is impertinent to the rest of this piece but the stick-to-it-iveness is important.Continue reading “The importance of stick-to-it-iveness”

Anticappointment: the ride that is academic publishing

There is such a thing as anticappointment and I was unaware of it for 28 years of my life, seems insane to me. It is an all-encompassing feeling of waiting/ anticipating something with full knowledge that it will just be disappointing because nothing ever does meet your expectations. A few common examples include: A bigContinue reading “Anticappointment: the ride that is academic publishing”

Do I really have to count my blessings?

On Monday, I start work again. There’s is no need to explain why the work stopped and even though technically, we were still working from home and I still managed to edit my first manuscript (now under review) and draft the second one, the time from 16th March has not been pleasant (to say theContinue reading “Do I really have to count my blessings?”

Stuck between a quarantine and a hard place

Let me get this out of the way. The world feels too surreal and weird right now. A virus in combination with the indomitable human stupidity has ground the “normal life” to stand-still. However, we are all expected to carry on. And we should. If you don’t get up every morning and crib about theContinue reading “Stuck between a quarantine and a hard place”

Snow boots with dresses: transgressions for the weak

I am heading to a “networking meeting” organised by some important people to help other important people (I include myself brazenly) meet up and find a possible “network.” Like clockwork, when asked to put my best foot forward, arrives the crisis of confidence in both my personality and in my wardrobe. Why is the corporateContinue reading “Snow boots with dresses: transgressions for the weak”