Ann Marie Sastry is an engineer working in a highly technial field -- lithium-ion battery research. However, there is much to learn from her approach to life. Her first lesson--Pick a good problem. As she says, "Pick a problem where you know you'll make a difference if you solve it." Then divide your problem into its various elements and select a piece of that to work on. Don't work in isolation and don't work with everyone who is just like you. Collaboration with people who bring different ideas and life experiences to the table is key. Sastry comments that she often asks job candidates what they want said about them at their retirement dinner, but Sastry herself has no intention of ever retiring.
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