from pg. 66 of my new favorite book, The Craft of Research (Booth/Colomb/Williams):
Know that uncertainty and anxiety are natural and inevitable. Those feelings don’t signal incompetence, only inexperience.
It’s hard for those of us ending our bazillionth year in graduate school to remember that we are still inexperienced when it comes to researching. But it’s true.
I love this quote. My only revision is that uncertainty and anxiety aren’t just inexperience they are a natural part of life.
FYI – I heard about your blog at your seminar on building a professional blog.
Beth! So great to hear from you! Congratulations on graduating!