In April, Clinical Chemistry launched a new feature called "Quo Vadis7'" ("Where Are You Going?"). This new section will allow young scientists (40 years of age and younger) the opportunity to express their opinions on the future of laboratory medicine. Below are selected responses.
How do you define success?
"Success has meant different things at different stages of my life. Success is not a destination; it's a journey of continuous betterment of myself and those around me. Success is not to wait for extraordinary opportunities; it is to seize common occasions and have the enthusiasm, the courage, and the determination to create extraordinary experiences from them. Success is to focus myself to achieve excellence in the daily challenges that align with the institutional mission and long-term vision. Success is, when I look back upon my life, to make the world a better place than it was before."--Yan Zhang, Rochester, NY
"There is no absolute measure of success, but somehow we intuitively understand when we have been successful. Short-term success is often measured by items: a publication, a winning abstract, a well-delivered talk, a promotion. Long-term success is more abstract, an amalgam of career, family, and individual accomplishments that, when blended together, provide a defining sense of self and satisfaction. In this respect, long-term success varies from person to person. It is a unique fulfillment that one finds by harmonizing their personal ambitions with their reality."--Dina N. Greene, Berkeley, CA
"Success, successo, succes, exito, suksess, sukces, der Erfolg, framgang, chenggong, seikou! No matter what language you speak, success is the outcome of hard work. The success that I strive to achieve as a clinical chemist is focused mainly in 3 areas: training future laboratory medicine professionals, developing efficient laboratory work flow practices, and cultivating positive professional relationships. Success to me is defined as mentoring innovative individuals who will contribute to the technological advances in laboratory medicine. Success is implementing quality assurance and control policies that ensure accurate and timely clinical testing. Success is building trusting professional relationships among colleagues and patients."--Octavia M. Peck Palmer, Pittsburgh, PA
"Success, in terms of professional achievement, is improved healthcare. It should not be defined by whether the work exceeds the 'benchmark,' or whether it is being recognized by others. It should be patient-centered without self-glorification. At the end of the day, my hope is that we all have a 'successful' day for all the little things that we have done to make it better for our patients. I hope we are all inspired to provide better healthcare for our patients."--Hoi-Ying Yu, Danville, PA