It’s called the “shiny object syndrome.” Distractions bombard us all day long, from many sources. They take us off track (my new iPad is as an example). And sadly, very few adults define their goals and targets clearly (scientists included), which means that it is easier than ever to get off track. As an analogy, if you set out sailing across the ocean without a clear idea of your destination, what would happen? You might see some nice sights along the way, or you might get caught in a horrendous storm. Basically, your boat will be subject to the whims of the weather and the conditions. You don’t know where you’ll end up, it could be great (Hawaii), or it could be awful, and you’d have little say in the matter. Life is like that. Without clear targets, you don’t know where you’ll end up, but probably it won’t be your dream life. So define your targets, and stick to them! The best tool Morgan has found for this is Simpleology (, but it doesn’t matter what tool you use, as long as you do it!

    2 replies to "A key factor in a successful science career (or any career), and how to do it – MetaMorgan TV"

    • Molly

      You nailed it. I need goals. Have any advice on how to set them? Books? Websites?

      And I always knew you were a secret Scientologist! 🙂

    • morgan

      Hey Molly!

      You asked “Have any advice on how to set them? Books? Websites?”

      Yes, go sign up for Simpleology!

      It is the very best goal-setting tool that I’ve found. I use it every morning, and every morning it reminds me about my goals. On the days that I forget to use it, I tend to forget about my goals. By the end of the day I usually feel like I got nothing done.

      It makes that much difference!

      Also, stay tuned here for more. I’m going to be doing something big on this topic soon!

      (Hey, I won’t say anything bad about Scientology because they’ll sue me!)

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