Do you ask yourself: Why the hell have I been so unlucky in my PhD? Maybe you look at your colleagues and see some people that have worked less and got more recognition due to some scholarship, award or published paper. Let me try to explain why you shouldn't worry about luck and misfortune and what you can do to beat your odds, win the game and to get your momentum going.Read more
If there was an internet contest that would honor the ugliest word in the internet, my vote went for the holy, glowing, irritating word "content". Why? Because the use of the word suggerates that any content is good content. The missing proposition tells others that it's dominating and demanding at once. It's perhaps the thing that most of us are afraid when starting out with a fresh and new shiny url. Its heavy weight squeezes us to become smaller and smaller and to finally let us disappear in the eternity of the universe. Let me hang that Democlas (s)word down for you.
Let me take that weigh from your shoulders.Read more
You love to write and to read. You think that knowledge building is the core for human progress. But for you thinking is not enough, you have to work hard, feel the pain of relentless creation of something new, you see yourself rather as a wood chopper chopping pieces of wood than a philosopher in a cave.Read more
What's it with the "I" in our writing and selfies that fascinates us so much? What's it that others perceive as an ego-centric social-media presence? Are we really in a time of narcissm or is it just our way of being ourselves in the internet adjusting our digital self to our analog self? How can we convince the rest that it's not about the "I" for us, but about the "We"?Read more
Most people would agree that professors have "the best job in the world". This statement runs in complete opposite to the increasing number of burn-outs of professors and doctoral students today. In the following, I will try to explain you why there is no such thing as work-life balance in the academic world and why integrating your job in your life is becoming part of being a modern academic.Read more
Each writer struggles with their writing very differently. While non-natives struggle with their limited use of the English language, native speaker struggle with their use of a (limited) English. Non-natives are often not living the language they are writing and publishing. They spent probably 20 or 30 years less using this language daily written and oral. It made me curious and I decided to write a note on this specific issue that most of us non-native speaker struggle with.Read more