You must be really dumb to do a PhD
A conversation I had long ago with one of my Professors, himself a PhD.
Me: I am not sure if I am smart enough to do a PhD.
Prof: Oh, don’t worry about that. You are not smart if you are doing a PhD. In fact you are really dumb. Who else in their sane mind would waste 4 to 6 years of their life to search something which has already been searched (re-search), to then graduate and make 1/4th of the salary of what you would have made if you had continued on with your life after masters..
There are only two reasons why people do PhD.
- They want to confirm/verify/validate to themselves that they are smart. If that is the case what you need is a psychiatrist advisor, not a PhD advisor.
- You are bitten by a stupid bug which tells you that you want to teach for a living. To you I say: Refer salary statement above. The biggest trick devil ever pulled off was to convince the academic faculty is that they don’t deserve a good salary, just respect.
Either way you are screwed.