Think for a moment… Who is the best leader you have ever known? …
Did my picture of Donald Trump get your attention?
In an earlier blog, I wrote about maintaining motivation during your PhD. However, motivation only gets you so far. What happens when you lose all motivation? You still need to be able to make progress. You still need to be able to do experiments, analyse data, complete reports and write your thesis. What do you do when your why, fun and accountability are not working for you?
So. Several months on from Christmas the kids are already asking - how many sleeps till Santa dad? And I’m busy telling them we haven’t had Easter yet! (Despite the hot cross buns and Easter eggs being in store since January first). Then they say - why can’t we have Christmas more often?
So, you enrolled, got part way through you PhD and then…. Nothing. Your research and data - it may well be fine. Same with your PhD supervisor. Then again, it all could be going from bad to worse. Regardless, you’ve reached a point where you are clear on one thing – ACADEMIA IS NOT FOR YOU. The next question – do I need to PhD?
Spending thousands of dollars attending seminars is a common way to try to change yourself, hoping to improve technical skills, make you smarter, or a better speaker… Underneath it all, you may not think you’re ‘good enough’ or perhaps someone has told you that your method is ineffective or ‘wrong’.
I was reading a book by Reid Hoffman – all about the similarities between building a business and building a career. Reid’s an entrepreneur and most notably co-founder of LinkedIn, but was first successful as part of PayPal.
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