Following up on our previous episode, we talk about things that many academics are not good at taking: risks. How do you know if taking a particular risk will pay off? Is academia really less risky than non-academic careers? Why do transition stories always seem really well planned? I believe that anything you put energy into will eventually pay off one way or another. —Doctor_PMS Also, mentioned in this episode: Conan O'Brien's commencement speech to Dartmouth College in 2011. You can view the full 24-minute speech or the 4-minute highlights that Dartmouth College posted.