“but this isn’t some competition you must win,” she replied to me.

“Just swim in your own lane,” he said. Seeing my confusion, he told me that he had been on the swimming team at Stanford. His stroke was as good as anyone’s. But he kept coming in second.

“Zeller,” the coach said, “Your problem is you keep looking around to see how the other guys are doing. Keep your eyes on your own lane, swim your fastest and you’ll win.” 

The above is a snippet from Eileen Pollack’s recent NYT article, Why Are There Still So Few Women in Science?

I highly urge and recommend everyone to give this a read. Impacting and moving, to say the least.

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