It's not your job to solve your field

By James Hayton,
January 9, 2019
I'm James, I'm a former physicist (PhD, Nottingham, 2007) and author of "PhD: An Uncommon Guide to Research, Writing & PhD Life".
Since 2010, I've been helping PhD students all over the world overcome barriers in their research and writing
My strategies have helped thousands of PhD students just like you to build confidence, write better and finish on time

If you're doing a PhD, you probably want to make a difference in the world.

This is a good thing. It's good to have a goal that's bigger than yourself. But it can also be a trap if you try to fix everything you think needs fixing. By trying to fix everything, you end up finishing nothing.

Even those who have revolutionised their fields haven't done so all at once. They've done so by patiently and persistently addressing one problem at a time.

See also:

What to do when your PhD project gets too big

Raising the bar

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