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This past week, I’ve been having to work a very odd schedule because my babysitter took a week of vacation. I’m very fortunate that my supervisor and co-workers have all been very accommodating.  I’ve been able to put in most of my time this week before everyone else gets into work, and the time I did have a meeting, my coworkers were able to tolerate the presence of my seven-year-old while we discussed some of that ‘boring engineering stuff’. This flexibility also extends to my coworkers. One recently went through the illness and death of a parent.  He had to take time off on a regular basis to bring his mother to various doctor visits and then more extended leave when she passed away. Another coworker lives on a farm and regularly comes in and leaves early to take care of work at home. Over the years, I’ve known quite a…

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A few years ago, I told a good friend how much I admired him. He was one of those people who’d managed to go to some very good schools and earn several degrees. Given I was part way through my MS program, in a field I wasn’t crazy about, I always felt like I was far less accomplished than he. Surprisingly, he turned to me and said he thought that was funny because he had always admired me. He complained how he’d spent all this time in grad school while I’d settled down, gotten married, had kids, and still was working my way through my career goals. His response surprised me, but it made me realize that I had actually developed a skill that I was certainly lacking in my younger years: flexibility. I am impressed by people who have managed to accomplish their goals following a definitive path without deviation.…

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