If someone at the Institute knew he needed validation, why didn’t they give it to him? This idea that we should all “tough it out,” “nobody’s gonna hold your hand,” is nonsense. Nothing makes achievement happen faster than support. I know, I know. Did inventors like Edison need validation? What about Steve Jobs? DO some reading. Both men needed validation, either from family or friends or coworkers. Even Einstein needed support. It’s human nature, and to hear some colleague (if that’s what he was), saying, “He’s the kind of person who really needed a facilitator-type person or organization to say, ‘Look, I think you’re doing a great job,’ ” absolutely mystifies me. If he knew, the whole Institute knew, yet they chose to do nothing about it. No wonder we don’t have more scientific discoveries. The best and brightest are surrounded by shallow, self-interested people.

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