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Recently I came to realize that there are two archetypal workhorses in academia: the shires and the thoroughbreds.
Let's look at their characteristics:
Known for its strength, constitution, and endurance, the Shire horse is known as an English Great Horse and is one of the purest breeds native to the country.
Temperament: Patient; Calm; Docile; Easy-going; Gentle; Hard working.
Thoroughbreds are considered one of the best racing breeds in the world. The breed is well known for its speed, agility, endurance and hotblooded nature.
Temperament: Courageous, alert, spirited, excitable, fast, athletic.
Does that sound familiar to you? Do you consider yourself a shire or a thoroughbred?