Giants of research share how they found their calling.

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Economics

“Don’t underestimate the rewards from being persistent” – Interview with Carmen M. Reinhart, Harvard Kennedy School

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Medicine

“Dreams are meant to be achieved” – Interview with Toshio Hirano, Osaka University

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Economics

“Be prepared for people to think it’s wrong” – Interview with Kenneth S. Rogoff, Harvard University

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Chemistry

“If you’re persistent, things will work out” – Interview with William L. Jorgensen, Yale University

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Economics

“It takes a community to grow and nurture a research field” – Interview with David B. Audretsch, Indiana University

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Chemistry

“Ask yourself big questions” – Interview with Barry Halliwell, National University of Singapore

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Physics

“Meet as many people as possible” – Interview with Mark E. J. Newman , University of Michigan

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Chemistry

“Try to see from a different perspective to make failure into success” – Interview with Mitsuo Sawamoto, Chubu University, Kyoto University

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Medicine

“Continue your research on a theme you feel important for basic science” – Interview with Tadamitsu Kishimoto, Osaka University

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Economics

“There is something called the market for ideas” – Interview with Joel Mokyr, Northwestern University

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Economics

“Most original research is a little bit about being off the beaten path” – Interview with David J. Teece, University of California, Berkeley

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Chemistry

“Collaborate. You cannot do excellent research all by yourself.” – Interview with Taeghwan Hyeon, Seoul National University; Institute for Basic Science

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Economics

“You’ve to look at a problem from different points of view.” – Interview with David A. Dickey, North Carolina State University

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Medicine

“Objective interpretation of data is very important.” – Interview with Yusuke Nakamura, Japanese Foundation for Cancer Research; University of Tokyo; University of Chicago

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Economics

“Think new thoughts, but follow through and do the work.” – Interview with Steven T. Berry, Yale University

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Chemistry

“Try to maximize the creativity and potential of an idea.” – Interview with John F. Hartwig, University of California Berkeley

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Physics

“Don’t be afraid to take risks.” – Interview with Simon D.M. White, Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics

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Economics

“Policy should be grounded in reality.” – Interview with Ariel Pakes, Harvard University

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Physics

“A successful researcher needs to have a broader perspective.” – Interview with Julio F. Navarro, University of Victoria

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Chemistry

“Keep looking until you find the answer.” – Interview with Stephen L. Buchwald, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Physics

“You have to rebel, be skeptical and doubt everything.” – Interview with Carlos S. Frenk, Durham University

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