That is the best advice anyone would give you if indeed you want to be a mathematician. Speaking of Michael Lacey, it is important to look at his early life. As a boy, Michael Lacey, who was born in 1959 as Michael Thoreau Lacey, he wanted to become a problem solver.
Yes, that is what he turned out to be. But this was not until he attained his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. Professor Walter Philipp witnessed Michael Lacey present his thesis that touched on various complex figures.
Some of the areas Michael Lacey’s thesis touched are Banach spaces, which are responsible for solving empirical characteristic functions, iterated logarithms, ergodic theory, harmonic analysis, as well as some areas on probability. But some of the areas in which Lacey’s thesis touched on were not immediately recognized. It took some years for the world to realize that the thesis had a profound attachment.
After attaining his Ph.D., Michael Lacey got at various universities where he continued to teach mathematics as well as mentor undergraduates. His first post was Louisiana State University. Later he moved to the University of North Carolina where together with his professor, Walter Philipp, Michael Lacey proofed to the worlds that there is a substantive reason to believe in the central limit theorem. Learn more about Michael Lacey: http://people.math.gatech.edu/~lacey/ and https://www.genealogy.math.ndsu.nodak.edu/id.php?id=62509
The two universities were not the only stations Michael taught. Between 1989 and 1996, he was a lecturer at Indiana University. It was while here that Michael Lacey got a Postdoctoral Fellowship. He later embarked on the study of the bilinear Hilbert transform. During this, many mathematicians were talking about this thus by taking part in it, Michael Lacey together with Christoph Thiele received the Salem Award in 1996. Read more: Michael Lacey | GAtech and Michael Lacey | Wikipedia
Michael Lacey spent the following eight years (1996 to 2004) teaching, coaching, mentoring young and old graduates, undergraduates as well as postdocs at the Georgia Tech Institute. While working on a project with Xiaochun Li, Michael Lacey received a Guggenheim Fellowship award.
Today, one of the greatest awards that Mr. Lacey is happy about is being one of the fellows at the American Mathematical Society (AMS), a group dedicated to coming up with ideas on solving complex mathematical problems.