This book aims to be useful for anyone who is pursuing a career involving creativity and research in a technical discipline. This broad description includes not only readers who are (or aspire to be) researchers at universities, but also a wide range of career paths in industrial R&D, startup companies, and non-profit and government organizations. When aiming to develop a career of this type, it is natural to wonder what characteristics separate the performance of people who are average from the exceptional. Technical skill and knowledge are a prerequisite for success in a research career, but they are far from being the only skills that are important. This book is about all those other skills.

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