It's not your job to solve your field

By James Hayton,
January 9, 2019
James Hayton is a former physicist, PhD coach and author of "PhD: An uncommon guide"
Since 2010, he's coached hundreds of individual PhD students and now offers
group support and online courses

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

Join the discussion...

Join James Hayton's PhD discussion and support group on Facebook to discuss this post and connect with other students

Stay up to date...

The PhD Academy:
Online training and support for PhD students

learn more...

For more detailed guidance and support...

The PhD Academy All-Access Pass

Weekly calls with James

You don't have to do it all alone! Get the All Access Pass for weekly group calls and Q&A sessions with James

Every online course

Build your skills and confidence with our detailed video courses. Go at your own pace and get advice and support when you need it

Get the book!
PhD: an uncommon guide to research, writing & PhD life

order now on amazon