So the basic idea is that I want to become a theoretical physicist in the future( in 12th now)and with those conditions, I understand that a person requires originality creativity intuition and good amount of imagination(aside from tremendous skill in the mathematics aspect of it). But I also want to train myself mentally in the future as I study physics and thus was looking for some tips from Professors or students with experience in academia.

For example, I’ve decided that from now on I’m only going to try new things( like new food and even smaller things on a daily basis) in my life to train myself so that when I meet the next big thing I don’t hesitate to move onto it and can recognise it instantly. Or, if I ever come across any new idea or meet new people with new ideas, I don’t discriminate their thought processes and instead become capable of adopting them. I don’t know if you can actually force such lessons by forcing such habits but I think it’s worth a shot.

Another similar lesson that I have decided to impart on myself is to listen to what people junior to me or who are my age have to say. I realise that I don't usually listen to what my friends have to say because I don't put enough effort to understanding what they are trying to say and instead move onto the advice of teachers. A similar approach would be to constantly keep asking questions and to never doubt my concepts for future understanding. So what are the lessons that you would like to adopt for the future or you have adopted in the past which have helped you for your future?

  • Welcome to Academia SE. Unfortunately, your question is very broad and also somewhat opinion-based – both of which don’t make it a good fit for this format (or arguably any Internet site). There exist entire books about parts of this subject, e.g., how to think scientifically, how to keep your mind fresh and open, etc. – Wrzlprmft Oct 15 '19 at 19:32
  • The only thing I can say is that fixing your mind on becoming a professor of theoretical physics early is building up a huge potential for disappointment with little advantage. Most careers just don’t work the way that you plan them in their entirety in the 12th grade. Sure, there are people who always wanted to be a professor of theoretical physics and eventually became one, but I doubt that this kind of long-term planning contributed to that. – Wrzlprmft Oct 15 '19 at 19:40

Keep yourself open to the odd, interesting, strange, and wonderful opportunities that come your way...and say yes to them. Indeed, seek them out. Even those that appear to be off the "critical path" can be life enriching, life changing, and can be the spark of inspiration that launches the rest of your career.

Find mentors in your field. People who see your potential and truly want to help you grow and succeed are precious and vital...and when you make it yourself, take the time to mentor others. Give back what you have been given.

Always be kind, collegiate, honest, and fair in your academic relationships. Don't be a gossip, don't back-stab, don't be unduly competitive, and do share your work and collaborate with others. Even when others around you are acting poorly, rise above it. Academia is only fun when you have a community of scholars to share it with, and you are only truly respected when you act as though you are worthy of respect.

Take risks in your research and elsewhere. Go out of your comfort zone. Do research on "crazy" ideas. Ignore naysayers and give things a try. The truly amazing discoveries are on the edge.

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  • Thanks for this wonderful advice. Truly a delight to read! – Shreyas JV Oct 14 '19 at 18:21

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