Link to “Stop Sabotaging Your Own Success: A Manifesto”


“Stop Sabotaging Your Own Success: A Manifesto”: What a great blog post title, yes?!??

Well, the content did not disappoint! It’s definitely worth your time for the quotes alone.

Check it out at “Stop Sabotaging Your Own Success: A Manifesto.”

I know you’ll get something from it!



[Video] Quotes and Tips Photo Album for a PhD/MA Survival Kit

The best dissertation is a done dissertation.

One tiny step at a time: That’s the way.

Working feels better than not working.

Quotes and tips such as these actually really help as they take root and become a part of the thesis or dissertation writer’s mindset, especially when reinforced and shared in a community of writers and researchers.

So how to keep them at the forefront of one’s mind once you identify the quotes and tips that really help you?

I’m sure there are many, many ways. What I’ve done is to create a 4-inch by 6-inch photo album of said quotes and tips, complete with a STAND so the quotes and tips can be displayed as I work (see 50-sec video below). The frame cost me $5, and it took me 15 minutes to copy and paste the quotes and tips as jpegs or MS PowerPoint slides and another 6-7 minutes to print and cut them out.

Besides those displayed in the video, I have some VERY personal KITA (“kick-in-the-a**) quotes in the photo album as well! The photo album is an item in my PhD/MA Survival Kit.

How do you keep helpful quotes, tips, and desired mindsets at the forefront of your mind? Please share!

Smart-A** Responses to Questions about Your Thesis/Dissertation Progress

A member recently started a new thread wherein she asked people how they respond to the DREADED “How’s your thesis/dissertation coming along?” or “When again will you be done?” questions.

I have tweaked and combined two responses (a list of humorous, smart-a** answer and a real answer) into the content below. Please add your favorite responses in the comments! We’d love to hear them.

Wishing you peaceful patience with self and others. 🙂 Enjoy!


The smart-a** responses (good for a laugh)!

10. “D*mn! I knew that there was something that I forgot to do….”
9. “As soon as my pimp starts giving me Thursdays off so that I can go to the library.”
8. “Whenever the little voices tell me to finish.”
7. “When I’ve had as much fun as I can stand.”
6. “Finish? And leave all of this glamorous stress and poverty behind? You must be mad.”
5. “No one finishes her dissertation in my department. Our degree program is like the Bottomless Coffee Pot at International House of Pancakes.”
4. “I used to want to finish — but that was before I fell in love with my advisor. As long as those chapter review meetings are the only way for me to spend time with him/her, I’m not going anywhere, pal.”
3. “Don’t spread this around, but I’m just in it for the Student Loan checks.”
2. “As soon as I find that quarter that I dropped in the library five years ago.”
1. “When? Never. The grad student thing is my new cover identity: I’m really in the Federal Witness Protection Program.”

A REAL ANSWER: “I have to write a book that is approved by my supervisor and 3 experts in my field. And I can’t just tell the story (that would be journalism). This is social science. That means I have to lay some theory on top of it. The theory is complex as I must treat the topic quite thoroughly, so . . . Any suggestions?”