Access to good mentors is invaluable and a good advice at the right time is priceless. We are starting here a new project where we will collect advice that members of our community find valuable. The one tip you got and always try to follow, the one advice you find yourself repeating to others. Please share with us the wisdom you accumulated in comments or by emailing me (and I will incorporate down the line). I will spread out the tips that are already lined up and those that will come in bite-size quantities and I am convinced the cumulative effect will be powerful.
If this reminds you the Research-Life Stories project (which still accepts new entries), you are not wrong. Many of the stories do have some lesson in them, but in the new project we are targeting those lessons more directly.
To get us started, I would like to share a lesson that I hold dear: “better make your own mistakes than others‘.” My wise (older) brother Eyal Reingold gave me this advice when I was toying with an unconventional career choice and it empowered me to follow my gut feeling.
I also think that my brother’s advice is appropriate at the beginning of this project and it should serve as a warning: what works for some doesn’t always work for others and you should only adopt what feels right to you. Indeed, I expect that we will see conflicting advices in this project, which would also be interesting. (As a side story, before the birth of my first child, away from all relatives, I bought a variety of parenting books with a variety of perspectives all the way from “carry your children on you till their marriage” to “put your child in a boarding school upon birth.” This way, whatever felt right to us could be justified with an advice from the right book).