As a researcher, you may have encountered many obstacles on your journey to success. But what if I told you there was a root cause to many of the challenges of a research career, and that most people go around in circles and never even know it’s there?

In this video, Dr. Giddings draws on her own experience, as well as that of the clients she has mentored, to find the common denominator to success. Check it out here.

One point Dr. Giddings emphasizes is the fundamental difference in perspective between the research and entrepreneurial communities.

While research conferences and meetings often focus on technical skills and knowledge, Dr. Giddings stressed the importance of introspection and personal development. In the entrepreneurial community, these qualities are often prioritized over technical skills, and they are critical to achieving success in research careers as well.

Dr. Giddings also discusses the current climate where scientific and research communities are under attack. She shares her thoughts on how to counter these attacks and become leaders in these fields who can inspire and lead by example. By viewing research as a journey of self-improvement and self-betterment, researchers can achieve greater success in their careers while also experiencing more happiness along the way.

If you’re ready to take your research career to the next level, schedule a personal Strategy Session with a SCI Foundry team member at Whether you are struggling with funding, leadership, management, or something else, we will dig into the core problem and suggest the next steps you could take. Schedule your call here. If you want more clarity on getting funded in our currently crazy environment, we’ve got free online training that will teach you how to get your reviewers excited and ready to fund your project.