A recent CompSci graduate’s memoirs are starting to make the rounds. It’s quite well written, and really emphasizes the importance of both networking and the “10% inspiration, 90% perspiration” definition of success. If you’re short on time Philip Guo has conveniently distilled down the lessons he learned into some quick Cliffs notes in the epilogue .
 Something I found interesting was his observation on page 43, that it was easier for workers outside of the original lab to follow up on groundbreaking research. He attributes this to a lack of desire from the original PI to publish incremental “follow-up” research, but I wonder. Other researchers are going to come from different backgrounds and will no doubt view the remaining problems and challenges entirely differently.