I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings denial of tenure.
— Litany Against Fear, from Dune by Frank Herbert, adapted by yours truly.
There are a a couple pieces of advice, or rather a piece of advice and a short manifesto, that have stuck with me throughout my academic career.
The first was given at orientation when I began grad school, I believe by Loren Terveen. He said, about selecting an adviser, that “who you work with is more important than what you work on”. To this day I believe this is completely true.
The second is from Matt Might, in his article HOTWO: Get tenure, which I read in my first year as a tenure-track professor: