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To determine the skills that are most important for pursuing a career in academia, we first have to look at the centrifugal force which drives the academic industry. The force, which we all know is the cross road between grants, grants, grants and publishing, publishing, publishing sets up a cyclical relationship, namely grants get you the money to publish and publishing in turn gets you grant money. So, it is understandable to think that the most important skill for pursuing an academic career is writing given that it’s the commonality between both critical factors of academic success: grants and publishing. However, as important as writing appears, it is not the only critical skill set that will translate into success in academia. Another critical skill set is what lies behind the writing before one puts ...