From Richard Rorty:
Gnosis: With decades as a professional academic under your belt, do you have any words of advice for young philosophers looking to start academic careers?
Rorty: Yes. Do whatever you have to do to get tenure. Take seriously what influential people in the profession are currently taking seriously. Read the books they are discussing, and take up the problems they think important. But as soon as you get tenure, go off on a retreat. Search your soul. Ask yourself whether you are writing about topics you really care about, and whether you may not want to start reading different sorts of books, and branching out in new directions. [Emphasis mine. Source]
Because lately I need to be reminded that ever so bloody often…