Despite the fact that I've read many of these pessimistic assessments, the answers to questions 8 and 9 -- "Can I advance in the profession through talent and hard work?" and "Will I influence the field through my insightful articles?" -- surprised me (the answers: not on your life).
Although it's comforting to know -- if this assessment is right -- that far more people listen to this podcast and read this blog than will ever read the average published paper.
Then again, Leiter's readers seem to be skeptical.