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Robert Weinreb

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Director of the Shiley Eye Institute; Distinguished Professor and Chair of Ophthalmology, Professor of Bioengineering and Director of the Hamilton Glaucoma Center; Holder of the Morris Gleich MD Chair in Glaucoma, University of California, CA, USA

Piece of advice for your younger self?

You should never stop learning and growing. However, you can only control to some extent what you do through study, practice, and preparation. You also should learn from networks of colleagues and collaborators who can serve as a collective conscious to test, catalyze, and improve new ideas. Success is not about only you, but about all of you.


Look every day for opportunities to lift up those around you by praising them in front of others, noticing what it is that they do well and complimenting them – and making sure they know that they are valued.


Effective mentoring is about growing others. It begins with making the effort to understand them and showing that you want them to shine more than you. The focus should not be on you, and you should always look for ways to help them improve and reach their potential.


Scientific criticism is justified only by establishing truth in place of error. New principles typically emerge from abandoned ruins, and are based on correctly interpreted facts.

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