- “Write fearlessly. Teach fearlessly. Be fearless!” (Dr. Frank Pajares, per jchen04)
- “Ever tried? Ever failed? No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.” – Samuel Beckett
- GRIT: Make SURE you’ve got it, according to this article about grit.
- Live with a faith God can SEE. – Joel Osteen
- FOCUS IN: The most successful, productive people BLOCK TIMES OUT to do the ONE BEST THING that would either make everything easier or unnecessary. – Keller & Papasan
- The Vulnerable Professional (shared at PhinisheD by participant miranda67):
The confident professional writes while scared about his or her project. This confident professional occupies a liminal space. The “graduate student” within constantly pipes up about the need for perfection and acceptance. The professional presupposes that perfection isn’t possible yet aims for excellence. I am the Vulnerable Confident Professional who writes while scared, and I suggest that most of us here are as well. To succeed, we have to embrace the paradoxes of our position. We have to accept the strangeness of feeling scared yet confident, vulnerable yet tough, discouraged yet excited. Once we get to the other side, we may discover that the confident professional experiences this mixture of feelings as often as any graduate student. Until then, it’s about waiting. Waiting and writing, and writing as we wait to embrace the confident professional within.
I gather these ideas from two resources:
Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day (Joan Bolker)
“It’s a rare dissertation writer who is never really scared about his project. Writing a dissertation provides the perfect medium foranxiety, for both healthy and neurotic reasons. It’s a big deal to write a book, both psychologically and realistically” (91).
The Work of Writing (Elizabeth Rankin)
“Who is this ‘graduate student’ who keeps popping up at inauspicious times? It is the self-assured yet hesitant, assertive yet deferential and conflicted self that emerges whenever we find ourselves paying less attention to what we’re saying than to how it will be received. For Wayne Booth this overawareness of audience usually results in a rhetorical imbalance that he calls ‘advertiser’s stance.’ In academic and professional writing, though, it might be more appropriately called ‘dissertation stance’ . . . Although some academic and professional writers adopt the dissertation stance in virtually everything they write, most of us probably revert to it only when we are feeling particularly vulnerable as writers. . . In these situations, we may sometimes feel like graduate students again, but if we are to persuade others to accept our ideas, we need to speak in the voice of the confident professional” (62-3).
- “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
- “I can’t do everything all of the time, but the efforts that I make are mine to make, no matter whom I teach and what I study.” (lesson Alyssa gleaned from Overstreet. To see Alyssa’s complete, full, and wonderful contribution, please see either the Key Co-Author Submissions page or the COMMENTS to this blog’s initial, “founding” post.)
- Every morning, fill in the following blank: “The BEST thing(s) I could possibly do today regarding my research is to: ___________________________________.” Once you’ve identified this, make a way for it/them to happen as much as possible. Once you have done your best to clear room, time, and resources for it, and once you have done your best to get it done, mentally and emotionally REST. The best has been done.
- “The best dissertation is a done dissertation.” (Sonja Foss and William Waters discussing their AERA-promoted book Destination Dissertation: A Traveler’s Guide to a Done Dissertation, on the wisdom of designing a dissertation that has a VERY HIGH “doable” rating as opposed to one that is predictably difficult and has potential pitfalls)
More to come . . . so please check back periodically! Thank you for stopping by!