Taking ownership of luck

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Abstract

When people ask me how I got my job as the facility director for a biotechnology incubator right after finishing my Ph.D., my answer used to be, “I was lucky.” I felt lucky to land an intellectually engaging job that gives me the freedom to shape the future of a company in the city where I want to live. Actually, I felt lucky to get a job at all. But recently, I've realized that luck doesn't deserve all the credit—I do. I'm not saying that I made all the right choices, and serendipity played its role, but landing my job was first and foremost a result of my own hard work and determination. I'm now learning to take ownership of my success, which will help me continue to progress in my career.

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