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Avoiding Resource Pitfalls

Posted on August 16, 2013

David Lewis (bio) offers advice on managing resources wisely.

 

When just starting out and resources are limited, it's important to avoid two cliffs. The one cliff is to utilize those resources indiscriminately so that they're dissipated quickly and if it's a startup package or a small grant that there's not a lot to show for it. But the other mistake which is to hoard resources because they are limited is also.

So you really have to think carefully and make the wise investment about this is where I'm going to spend my resources knowing though always that there's no guarantee that the experiments that you planned will work out as you hope for, so you have to go into it also with a sense of a perseverance.

And a key piece in this is to make sure that you choose an environment where there's a recognition that building a research career takes time, that not everything is going to be successful, and where the capacity to extend resources or to bridge gaps in resources exist.

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Excerpted from interview with researcher at the 2013 Career Development Institute for Psychiatry in Palo Alto, CA.

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