Recently, a prominent, especially for Ukrainian students, Polish sociologist, Piotr Sztompka, related about ten secrets of success in the sciences and life.
Piotr Sztompka has given lectures in the most famous universities across four continents. He is also a member of the Academia Europa and the American Academy of the Arts and Sciences. His academic works have been published in fourteen languages across the world. He occupied the prestigious office of President of the International Sociological Association from 2002-2006. The researcher has shared some interesting facts from his biography, narrating his career path with all the difficulties and victories he managed to gain. We share, with the readers of DyvenSvit, the pieces of advice given by Piotr Sztompka about how to achieve success with the sciences and life in general.
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1. Be hard at work. Daily, regular work is a pledge to your success. Even when you have no wish to work, just sit and watch your monitor until you get annoyed and start working.
2. Don’t wait for an opportune occasion: make a move! One should live fully every moment of one’s life.
3. Do not lose your optimism! Always be positive about life, and believe in the realization of your most incredible dreams.
4. Never be ashamed of your achievements. Modesty is a useful feature but only in moderation. Why should you not be proud of what you’ve managed to achieve?
5. Hold the bar high, at first sight, even unrealistically high – and reach it.
6. Find a model for yourself. It should not be a real person, but, perhaps, some literary personage; the one you would try to equal. It will become a strong motivation for your actions.
7. Search for fortune, but keep in mind that it never comes to passive people – be active!
8. In whatever you do, do it the best way possible.
9. Learn to bring everything to an end, even if it costs you greatest of efforts.
10. While you are young, don’t overlook any occasion offered to you by life, as each of them can become decisive for you.
Based on the lecture given by P. Sztompka on April 20, at the Ukrainian Catholic University.