Do you sometimes imagine, what exactly does it take to become a great scientist? Are great scientists always born as nerds and geeks? Do they know things from birth or they just come easily to them? Maybe there is a secret cult that has some divine powers, behind them all. Or does a certain god choose them from time to time? What exactly makes them different? Why a scientist is great?
These questions run through the mind of many, who probably do not have the boldness to ask them out loud because people might tag them crazy. Well, we have come to tell you that you are not alone. People think about these things too, and we have come up with a very useful answer.
Here are some tips that will help you become a better scientist.
Curiosity – Does curiosity kill the scientist? No, it actually makes the scientist. Scientists are known for doing irregular and uncommon things. To do this, they have to look where there is nothing to find something. They assume what is not to find out what is. These are things that you should emulate. If you will ask any questions, let them be questions without any known answer. Most preferably, questions that no one likes to ask or where answer because they think the answer is not accessible ton human beings. Make this a habit. Only curiosity can drive a scientist towards a great scientific achievement or discovery. Another name for a scientist is Curious.
Aim To Impact – If you are able to impact life with science, you have become a great scientist. However, many of the current day scientists, just like many millennials, are out to make a name, and not to help. The scientists are mostly preoccupied with building the career to a point that they don’t really care about using their talent to better life and humanity. If you are observant, you will see that there are millions of scientists who are dead and forgotten. The few that are remembered are the ones that created something that is of great use for humanity. So, if you want to be a great scientist, aim to impact people and life.
Be A Good Person – This is a general life law. A great anybody is always a good person, else your character and personality will come in the way of your greatness and pull you down. That position of being pulled down, is worse than the position of being a nobody. Let people’s testimony of you be that you a good person. Do good things. Don’t offend people. Build great relationships with other scientists and other colleagues. They will make your little achievements matter.
To conclude, do not try to sound like you know it all. Don’t try to make people feel like they are not as smart as you are. That might already be obvious, so there’s no need to rub it in. Be as simple as a high school teacher, and spend time learning and developing yourself. You can become a great scientist, if you want to.