Dubious quote of the day

Jul 27 2015 Published by under Uncategorized

So here is the quote of the day:

“If you have a great ambition, take as big a step as possible in the direction of fulfilling it. The step may only be a tiny one, but trust that it may be the largest one possible for now.”

―Mildred Mcafee


I used to believe this wholeheartedly. Firstly, follow your dream. Secondly, work as you can towards it. Thirdly, recognize not every step is a breakthrough. Right now, this still applies to the work in my lab. We need to do what we can. Its not always going to be a giant step, mother may I.

Now, there is part of me that wants to temper this advice with "being realistic, ok?". No way I will get to be an astronaut. That was my dream at 8 and at 10 and even at 16 when the hard reality of "women don't do that, especially ones with -5.5 diopters of glasses" sank in.

My dreams have changed, and that is ok. What is not ok, is feeling so tired that one gives up on all of ones dreams.

Crap, its Monday morning, and there is Work To Do. Grants To Write. Students to Torture, Postdocs to .. well whatever it is one does with postdocs. Dreams don't fulfill themselves.






5 responses so far

  • Sara says:

    This is so timely! I have always lived by the 'follow your dream' mantra. But now, as my dream is conflated with the lives of others (namely a spouse and kids) I have started to see the cost of following ones dream - both on stress levels and bank accounts. I think my new mantra is 'follow your dream as long as you're willing to make the necessary sacrifices'. 🙂

    Now my challenge is trying to convince others to 'follow their dream', while knowing that there are always costs involved...

  • Socal dendrite says:

    I realized a few years ago that I'll probably never go into space (unless I suddenly get extremely wealthy, anyhow, which does not seem likely!)... although it serves me right because I never took any steps to follow that particular dream. Still makes me a little sad though. Love Sara's response and new mantra - very true.

  • becca says:

    Postdocs to de-gruntle?

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