Aiming for “perfection” in a science career, and the iPod as a metaphor – MetaMorgan TV

Scientists can be perfectionistic lot (or at least they start out that way before it is beaten out of them). This tendency results in career angst because it gets people into a mode where the perfect is the enemy of the very good. Papers will sit incomplete and unfinished, grant proposals will remain unwritten, and careers will remain stagnant. Morgan proposes an antidote by thinking about the evolution of the iPod.