Thursday, 4 May 2017

Making the Most of Your PHD - Tip 7

Park perfectionism and develop a thick skin

  • Allow for failure without feeling like one 
  • Half-baked ideas, editing and changing plans are all part of the process 
  • From big fish to just a fish – imposter syndrome common 
  • Ok to make mistakes – avoid repeating though 
  • Ok to ask for help 
  • Expect a plan B, C and D and critical, constructive feedback 
  • Recall perfectionism when needed i.e quality of argument, methodology, critical thinking, research ethics and integrity, data management and analysis, presenting your original and novel contribution clearly
  • 'I have not failed I have just found 10,000 ways that won't work' (Thomas A. Edison) - Good science and robust research still secures a PhD

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