Know what you know

As I was getting ready to leave my first ever grown-up academic job for a brand new academic adventure, a dear colleague gave me this piece of advice:

Remember this: You know what you know.

It’s one of the best pieces of advice I was ever given, and I find myself passing it on to young professionals, and many women who, like me at that time, might not yet have enough self confidence.

I’ve turned this around into:

Know what you know.

First, know your stuff. Don’t bluff. Don’t cut corners. Do the work. And then, remember and trust that you know it. Have confidence in yourself and what you know.

What is some very good advice that you were given early in your career?



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One response to “Know what you know”

  1. saikirananasingaraju says :

    Hello Dr.V. Nice post! One of the best advices I got came from a colleague a few years back. “Listen to others. Take the good and do only what you feel is right”. That advice stuck to me.


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