POTUS 40 and Dissertations

February 6th marks the birthday of the 40th President of the United States. Here’re some words of wisdom from Ronald Reagan that you can apply to your dissertation…

There are no constraints on the human mind, no walls around the human spirit, no barriers to our progress except those we ourselves erect.

— Ronald Reagan

Completing a dissertation project is difficult, but others have done it before. You can, too…

Heroes may not be braver than anyone else. They’re just braver five minutes longer.
— Ronald Reagan

Much of this blog has been dedicated to the power of persistence. Indeed, many doctoral students have resigned themselves to terminal ABD status because they failed to see how close they were to accomplishing their goals. Although the road is long, it is not infinite. Keep moving in the right direction, and you will reach your goal!

Trust, but verify.
— Ronald Reagan

Your committee wants to know how you developed your ideas. Cite often.

There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers.
— Ronald Reagan

There really are no tricks to completing your dissertation project. It takes hard work, dedication, and a basic knowledge to what you’re doing. After that, you simply must forge ahead.


We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.
— Ronald Reagan

I speak with doctoral students several times each week. Many of them are in desperate need of help on their dissertation projects. However, I have learned over the years that I can only really help students who meet certain criteria.

But, I have also learned that each student I encounter has tremendous gifts to share with others. Although no one among us can be all things to all people, everyone among us can make this world a better place. And, I hope that you do so after completing your doctoral degree.

If you’d like to determine whether I may be able to help you reach that point, click here to schedule a quick, 15-minute chat with me to see if you’re a good fit for our Fast Track Your Dissertation Coaching Program. If you are, then I’ll invite you to join the fastest group of dissertation students out there and help you to reach graduation a good year or two faster than you would on your own.

If you need extra support and guidance to make it to graduation, I may be able to help. If you'd like to find out whether you qualify for the support we offer throughout the dissertation process, then...

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Dr. Russell W. Strickland

RUSSELL STRICKLAND, Ph.D., has been referred to as a “rocket scientist turned management consultant.” In truth, he applies an eclectic body of work from astronomy and nuclear physics to dynamic inventory management to market research to each of his student engagements.

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