• Question: hey Emma what motivated you through the difficult times?

    Asked by anon-336765 on 21 Oct 2022.
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      Emma Barrett answered on 21 Oct 2022:

      Oh my goodness, what a great question. I’ve had a load of difficult times… and there are different techniques I’ve used:

      1. If I am feeling demotivated, I remind myself of the reasons I chose this career in the first place. I try to talk to someone else who also loves science and we can remind each other of why we love it.

      2. If I am in a stressful situation I think about the worst job I ever had (it was really horrendous) and remind myself that if I could cope with that worst job, I can cope with my current situation.

      3. If I am in a stressful situation, I also think about the stories of explorers I know or I have read about, and how they managed to climb Everest / cross Antarctica / sail solo around the world. If they can do that, then I can get through this stressful period!!