Are you doing work that is remarkable or are you doing the kind of work that is keeping you from being fired?
Are your working for your customers or for your boss?
Do you have 30 years of experience or do you have 1 year of experience repeated 30 times?
Can your job be broken down into a simple set of instructions or is it a project without a map?
When people work with no goal other than attracting a better job or getting tenure or rank advancement, you’ll always find menial and trivial research.
On the other hand, contributions to knowledge come from those wanting to make a difference.
It takes guts to put yourself in the arena knowing you’re going to be banged up. But the other alternative is to sit in the cheap seats with the critics and trolls.
[The world is waiting for you to take your turn.]