There is a rather popular Nobel Prize winning professor that likes to describe himself by saying, "Kinetically, I'm an asshole. Thermodynamically, I'm a nice guy."And then this very good question:
I want to get over the personal nonsense I've had to deal with in the past 5 years, finish strong, and go on to have a promising future... But, I just don't see a way to simultaneously let my love for chemistry take priority, and have the terrible people, social disorders, and marginalization take a back seat.
So, now, my question directed to all of you is, quite simply, what positive force motivates you? How do you challenge the current, crummy order of things, and overcome it?I'd like to think harder about what positive force motivates me, but off the top of my head? What motivates me at work is my regard for my colleagues. I want to see myself as a contributor to the company and to the bottom line; I think that I am. I know that my colleagues are, too. I work for a smallish company and I want to be seen as someone who is reliable, kind, generous and both smart and wise. I try hard at this (most of the time.)
Regarding challenging the current order of things, I think it's not necessarily about 'fighting City Hall' every step of the way, but seeing opportunities where they exist, and taking a risk on being kinder and more generous than people expect.
Readers, what do you think?