When I was in school I was always more interested in finding a way to solve a math problem than in documenting and justifying the solution.
The same with doing research: I have more fun connecting ideas into a whole than proving them with carefully designed, carefully implemented and even more carefully documented studies. I tend to take shortcuts and it takes a lot of discipline to explore and connect all the loose ends.
Useful as an exercise, but don’t think I’ll enjoy doing it for the rest of my life. Hope I’m patient enough to finish my PhD 🙂
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