Pay It Forward with Good Lab Mojo Checks

Know of a labmate who’s having trouble getting experiments to work?  Or perhaps one who just doesn’t have the exciting ideas they did when they were younger?  No, this isn’t a “Low T” ad.  Turns out, you know someone who has lost their Lab Mojo.  Here’s how to give it back.

You don’t have to be Jim Morrison to detect whether someone’s mojo has left the building.  Even to the untrained eye, victims of runaway mojo stand out – and not in a good way… Head hung, shoulders slouched, outlook bleak – it’s a sad state of affairs and for a scientist and it can be the difference between success and failure at the bench.

When someone with good lab mojo walks into the room, everyone knows it.  They’re confident, they’re bold, they’re courageous.  They have a swagger – a certain je ne sais crois – that says they’re ready to tackle whatever project or challenge comes their way.

As we’ve seen previously, a majority of scientists polled believe that positive thinking can affect experiments and that optimistic individuals make the best scientists.  Therefore, to help someone recover their good lab mojo is to help them advance their project and career.  Like karma, the amount of good lab mojo you pay out will be returned to you in excess.


Pay it forward with personal checks:

  1. Pay attention to all of the good people and be aware of the good deeds happening around you all the time.
  2. Identify someone who deserves to be praised and select the proper check for the occasion.
  3. Fill out the check as you would a normal bank note – signed and dated.
  4. Deliver check to the lucky recipient or leave it on their desk/bench.
  5. Feel The Mojo!



Click the image below to download your own Good Lab Mojo Checks.

[NOTE: To print the image in Acrobat Reader, go to: File > Print > Advanced > Print as Image.]



5 comments so far. Join The Discussion

  1. biogeek

    wrote on September 7, 2011 at 11:53 am

    Thank you for including "lab manager" along with other lab support titles. Too often these people are overlooked and discounted members of the lab.

  2. [email protected]

    wrote on September 7, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Agreed- lab managers play an essential, and often thankless, role in keeping research moving. Hopefully people will take a few minutes out of their days to drop a check on the manager's desk to say thanks for all they do!

  3. Anthony Salvagno

    wrote on September 14, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Alan, what font is the "good lab mojo" it is awesome!

  4. [email protected]

    wrote on September 16, 2011 at 9:42 am

    It's called "Alba Super" – pretty cool font!

  5. Chuck

    wrote on October 8, 2011 at 1:03 am

    As a graduate student in a research laboratory, I agree that the concept of "lab mojo" is quite tangible and can be exchanged. In addition to using Good Lab Mojo cheques, I recommend a form of currency with high value in any lab: coffee!

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