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You and your career:

If what you are working on is not important or does not lead to sth important, then why are you doing it?

It's better not to be the janitor of science or corporate america! You have one life to live, and you might as well do sth significant, by your definition of significance. No matter what you are doing, whether you are studying for a degree, or you work as an engineer / data scientist, you may find this great lecture of Richard Hamming   inspirational. Hamming quotes from Edison who said Genious is 99% perspiration, and 1% inspiration. It is constant hard work that does it (leads you to success). The very able people, work very hard all the time (just a note that working hard on the wrong problem would not get you anywhere either! It's about working on the right problem, at the right time, and in the right way). Richard Hamming, mentioned Prophet Mohammad for instance: he had to leave his town for his life, because his own people did not appreciate his great work! It may often be true that your local people would not see that you are doing great work. If this is the case, you would be better off working somewhere else. Recall that Albert Einstein published his great papers when he was working for the patent office, not at a university!

It's not what you do, it's the way you do it! It's the style that matters!

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