Monday, June 28, 2010
Academic conferences are instrumental in sharing and building knowledge, as well as nurturing the next generations of researchers.Researchers in a discipline are friends with shared interests, working towards their common goals. They “speak a language” that is unique to the discipline; they act on both stated and unstated rules and expect one another to abide by those rules; and eventually they form and develop their own subculture (discourse community) to pursue scholarship.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
As far as I am concerned, sometimes a new rejection can reduce the impacts of the previous one because I view a rejection as a doze of immunisation (maybe I am just weired :-)). Once I get used to rejections, I will be immune to them and be surprised to get acceptance.For instance, when I apply for a grant, my hope is 75%. After I get rejected,I adjust my hope to be 50% and apply for another grant. When that attempt fails, I adjust my hope to be 25% and apply for a third one. If that does not work,I will hold no hope with the subsequent attempts (actually that emotional state might work positively).When I think my chances are slim, it does not bother me any more when I keep trying.That way when acceptance occurs, it will be an unexpected bonus.
Now I am better at handling failures than before.It takes from a few minutes to a few days for me to dismiss the frustration resulted from a rejection. I knew that I will never be invincible because I lack that capability.Furthermore, if I were invincible, I would fear that I would be vulnerable to setbacks and failures due to insufficient immunization. This is my alternative view of rejections so that they don't work against me and keep me from trying.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Most people may think that intelligence accounts for the majority of one’s achievements. However, intelligence per se is an elusive construct in psychology that is difficult to define (e.g. “multiple intelligence” proposed by Howard Garner and “general intelligence” proposed by Spearman,) and difficult to measure (most of the IQ tests suffer from insufficient validity and reliability). In my opinion, there are something else that make a bigger difference than intelligence in terms of one’s academic and career success in the long run. They are motivation, self discipline, perseverance, strategies to handle frustration and self encouragement, which are all related to self-control.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Knowledge can make one proud, sometimes ignorance can make one even prouder. No wonder Socrates (470-399 B.C.) asserted that “knowledge is only perception”.
It feels good to be accepted and appreciated by smart people. In contrast, you can imagine how it feels to be despised by dumb guys who think you are dumber. No offense, just a thought.
Life is fleeting, but there are moments registered in our mind that will not fade away.For some reason, my memory is selective,keeping the good ones and eliminating unpleasant ones. I failed a thousand times but I only remembered the 100 times that I made it.
Setbacks and failures are indispensable from accomplishments. The journey to our goals can be painful and frustrating. However, one final accomplishment may offset the frustration brought by ten unsuccessful attempts. For instance, when it comes to applying for admission to colleges and grad schools, one offer is enough for all the application efforts to be considered successful, even if the offer comes after dozens of rejections. Therefore, as long as the final result turns out to be good, the process of trial and error is well worthy and successful. If the final result is not what you want, well, your efforts will pay off eventually someday in some ways. You will never know.The beauty of life is its unpredictability and diversity. Just keep an open mind and get ready before opportunities knock at your door.