(a developing letter to my younger colleagues)
Read a lot, write a lot and send your work to lots of journals. Your peers are your best critics. Don’t be fooled by empty praise from uninformed persons and people outside your discipline. They are largely not fit to critique your work. Instead, subject your ideas to peer review. When your work is rejected by a publisher or journal editor don’t be upset or discouraged, understand why, correct it & resend it to the same journal or a different one. Don’t be a lone ranger. Collaborate, not just with people in your discipline but also with those outside it. It will enrich you and broaden your perspective. Make a song and dance of your achievements. Academics are too serious and too modest. Throw a party and enjoy life.