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Probably the hardest lesson from grad school was learning that my adviser wasn't always right. Learning to push back against what he said made me a much better scientist.

Make sure you get your colleagues to do the pushing back, too. Once you get out in public, it's far too late. No one is going to point out that you're being an idiot.

"I came away from the presentation feeling quite embarrassed, pretty much the same way you feel after watching Ricky Gervais doing another one of his cringeworthy performances."

Oh, yeah.

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