How do you handle it?
You keep pushing [
Where do you find the
drive to keep going?
I had the chance to be
surrounded by very clever people,
both at Siemens and during my PhD.
That really helped me out to get a
sense of how research should be
done. You set back, try to
understand what’s wrong and
redefine the things.
Did you meet only
with short-term failures?
No [laughs], I had long-term
failures too! I thought the idea
would work, but somehow it never
reached the point of success.
Did you ever feel like
During PhD, many times
]. So often you feel down
because whatever you come up
with, you are stuck. It’s not working
at all, but one day you get that idea,
that illumination of your day, and
you think why didn’t that come to
Giving up was only a
temptation or there was a real
possibility you would?
No, because I am kind of
stubborn in that sense. I would feel
too much of a failure if I did, at a
personal level. Even if I think that it
is not a failure to realize that
something is not for you, in my case
the power that drives me is the fact
that I just can’t give up.
What if you
discovered that this is not what you
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