Stay hungry. Stay Foolish.

For about a year now, we’ve been living in a post-Jobsian world. I know this sounds way to dramatic, but I like to make fun of my Apple geekness. Like a lot of people, I read  the biography of Steve Jobs, by Walter Issacson shortly after he passed away. I admit I was (and still am) quite fascinated by this personality and the incredible life he had. Despite the fact that he was probably self-centered, arrogant, and despotic; he was also incredibly visionary and clever.

I did enjoy reading more about this man, and complemented the book by watching some YouTube movies in their context. Somehow, iBooks did not manage to include them directly in the e-book. For shame.

Anyway, one of his very famous speeches is the one he gave to the students of Stanford in 2005. I find it quite inspirational, despite quite idealistic (but don’t we need it sometimes ?).

One of my favorite moment is that one:

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”

And also, he concludes with “Stay hungry. Stay foolish. “

PI Quotes – 5 “Grad students don’t stay at the lab on week-end if their salary is too high”

I realized that until now, all my PI Quotes were either funny, either truly positive.  Nevertheless, we all know that some PI’s go from being a little offensive here and there to complete jerks. You can judge by yourself where on this ladder this one stands …

Let’s give some context: I’m on a conference, around a table, talking with other PhD’s, Post-Doc’s, and PI’s about our salary. We note that a swiss PhD student earns probably more then a french PI … (true story)

Then, this  PI says : “Grad students don’t stay at the lab on week-end if their salary is too high. They rather book a flight for a week-end in Barcelona ! That’s not good.”

That literally knocked my socks off because : 1 – He/She was not drinking, and 2 – It was not meant as a joke … 1% of me knew that there was so truth there, but 99% of me also shouted at him “sorry whhaaattttt ?” , noting that this person really thought that “grad student = dumb research robot that is meant to stay in the lab 24/7” …

At the end, beyond revolting, disrespectful, and contemptuous, it’s just really sad …