When embarking on a research project, a dwarf must be ambitious and aim high. Do not be intimidated by a particularly high doorstep or lamppost base. They are all meant to be climbed.
Naturally, research ain’t easy and many a dwarf will feel overwhelmed at times.
But don’t underestimate the power of collaboration. Two dwarves can always accomplish more than one. If they want to, of course.
When faced with duress and hardship, a dwarf must pretend that it ain’t happening, maintain a positive attitude, and keep doing the good work for everyone’s benefit. Recommended by many department chairs and administrators all over the world.
If you follow these recommendations carefully, young dwarf, you will have a beautiful and illustrious research career before you. In the fullness of time, you may even become a tenured full professor. It will then be your turn to dispense career advice to the unsuspecting beginners.
(For the backstory on the dwarves, see here.)