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[Image above] In hindsight, I wish I had more foresight. Credit: Timothy Appnel; Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Hindsight is 20/20, so we asked ceramic and glass experts to proffer their best advice. While they’re leaders, advisors, and role models now, they started somewhere. So listen up—their advice might help you in your own quest for success.

This week’s expert advice comes from Richard Brow, Curators’ Professor in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering at Missouri University of Science & Technology. Brow is an ACerS Fellow and past-president.

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Richard Brow and George Wicks at MS&T13. Credit: ACerS

We asked Brow one question. Knowing what you know now, what’s the best advice you’d give yourself if you were starting out in your career?

“I wish I had at an earlier stage in my career read more deeply of the scientific and technology literature outside of my area of interest (glass science). In leafing through more general interest journals like Nature and Science, I find myself putting together bits of information that ultimately point me in new directions in my own work. Avoid self-imposed blinders when thinking about what you do!”

Do you have an insightful nugget of advice you’d give to your early self? Let’s hear it!