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The Seven Secretes of Highly Successful PhD Students

Be Realistic:…… It's Not a Nobel Prize


  • When you are doing a PhD you are learning how to do a PhD; you are not expected to know this in advance.


  • Original work does not mean a cure for cancer. In reality it means one small step in advancing existing knowledge.


  • Do not go off on tangents in the hope of answering 'The question', stay focused.


  • You have a cast iron guarantee right now that your thesis will not, cannot, and probably should not, be perfect.


  • Separate yourself from your PhD. It's a bunch of thoughts on a piece of paper, it's not you. Put it in perspective.