In recent debates of whether to pursue a career in Computer Science or Economics (both hopefully in academia), I've wondered how the measure of success differed between the two. It seems that "success" in computer science is a little bit more straightforward, whereas economics.... I have no idea. To successfully predict a next 5 years? Impossible. To understand what exactly went wrong with the economy? Also impossible. Although economists/economic researchers and professors seem to use a lot of advanced math in their papers, what makes an economist 'successful' seems the be a bit blurry compared to computer science. My economics teacher told me that virtually all economics professors are geniuses and hardworkers, but the one who is correct is just lucky. What do you guys think about this?