If you have time, go read the interview with Mary Jo Bang over on the 99%. I found it an interesting read. I especially enjoyed the questions she did not choose to answer, despite the interviewer repeatedly asking them, and this quote:
"What I'm saying is that everything, before it becomes easy, is a triumph. And some things never become easy—and in that case, simply continuing to do them is a triumph." - I so agree. Often I feel like just getting up before 8 am every morning is a triumph for me personally. Also, this exchange:
"Is there any advice or knowledge that you would have liked to tell Mary Jo of that earlier time?"
"I think Mary Jo has always had to learn every lesson the hard way, through experience, so I don't know that any advice might have helped her."