… as an Early-Career Biostatistician
The comfort zone is a behavioural state within which a person operates in an anxiety-neutral condition, using a limited set of behaviours to deliver a steady level of performance, usually without a sense of risk.
Challenging yourself in a new research area,
Working with a new collaborator,
Teaching a course or a workshop,
Learning a new programming language,
Publishing your code/software,
Engaging with other researchers or the public,
It challenges your understanding, e.g., of statistical concepts,
It tests your ability to explain yourself,
It opens to collaborations or future jobs,
It can improve your spoon-index™,
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Comfort zones are good!
Sometimes, getting uncomfortable can be good for your growth. Unexpected (and positive!) outcomes might come your way.
Comfort boundaries are very personal. What works for somebody might not work for somebody else.
…submitting this abstract made me uncomfortable!
This is just my personal experience, and I do not recommend blindly following this.
Always talk to someone you trust first.