” “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.” “
— Eileen Pollack on Why Are There Still So Few Women in Science?
Read and bookmarked this article when it first came out 3 years ago – still relevant today. The writer, by the way, apparently went on graduate from Yale summa cum laude – in physics, no less! – and is now a professor at Michigan University.
Focus on yourself and swim in your own lane – even if you lose the competition, trust me: you’ll still walk away a winner.