Nice things people have said about my work.
Someone said in the comments on the last post that it helps to have a running list of compliments to keep your spirits up (I'm paraphrasing).
I think I've done this before, but probably bears rewriting. (When I write the book, I promise I'll take the best parts of repeated post topics...)
1. When I was thinking about quitting during grad school, my thesis advisor told me that early on, he was thinking of kicking me out. Apparently his former advisor, who had seen me speak about my work, told him not to.
"She's the real deal," he said.
I never found out if he actually said it, but it was nice of my advisor to say it to me. That's about as much of a compliment as he ever gave me.
2. "You're a lot more impressive in person, I mean, wow," someone said to me quite clumsily last year, when I went to give a talk to their lab at the start of a new collaboration.
3. "That paper is very solid, it will stand the test of time," someone said to me about my most hard-won, 2nd least-cited paper.
4. "You have a really interesting story," said a postdoc to me shortly before she left for industry.
And to mrphd, who often says my project is the only science he thinks is really interesting anymore, I wouldn't still be here without you.
That's all for now. I have to go be impressive and see if any of my experiments are working today. Wish me luck.