Sunday, June 10, 2012

Good Stuff, Part 8

"Now, about your career. That is even easier. Do what you want. Sometimes that isn't possible, because of financial difficulties, prejudice against women, a certain field looks too difficult, etc. Only please don't plan on being mediocre. Then you certainly will not be otherwise. But if you plan on being great you work much harder, and even if you turn out mediocre, you will be a lot better medium than if you hadn't tried for an ideal."

-- Richard Feynman in a letter to (and as quoted by) his sister Joan Feynman in "Most of the Good Stuff": Memories of Richard Feynman, Laurie M. Brown and John S. Rigden eds, American Institute of Physics, New York, 1993, pg 168.

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