Dr. Nelson Chau is a successful immigrant with contributions in discovering and developing multiple pre-clinical RNA-based therapeutics. Serving as Vice President of Discovery Biology and Translational research at Logic BioTherapeutics, Nelson was born and raised in Hong Kong. He shared the keys to his success as an immigrant thriving in a competitive environment in our conversation. Below are some of the secrets that Nelson shared with Empowering conversationZ audience:
Nelson gave many examples of how his attitude supported his growth. I selected a few
Developing a thick skin is essential in one's growth. So try your best not to let any comments stick, Good or Bad.
Being mindful of the different perspectives in every scenario. he learned in Midwest that
"No matter how thin the pancake is, there are always two sides to it." An example of that is when waiting at a bus stop at -50F, you can get self-pity, or you can look at the situation like something you need to experience to appreciate many things in life.
According to Nelson, those developing their careers based on passion have more robust work ethics and don't count their work hours. They enjoy putting the extra time and effort into learning and developing their careers.
Nelson's Graduate adviser taught him the importance of helping others and sharing ideas despite being in a competitive environment.
"95% of people don't actively try to sabotage your career or try to steal your things [ideas]. So why not just take a chance."
That continues to be Nelson's experience.
Despite his cultural upbringing, Nelson adopted an egalitarian culture and advocates this message "in a discussion, no one pulls rank, but someone eventually needs to make a call and that someone will eventually be responsible and accountable for that call."
Nelson advises the immigrants to invest in friendships, especially from one's own culture. While Nelson keeps his friends diverse, he believes friends from one's own culture play an essential role during tough times simply because they understand and support you in ways others can't.
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