Getting Through Your PhD One Day at a Time with Dr. Stefanie Boyer

Dr. Russell Strickland  [1:00:26]

And I will go back to just reiterating what you said earlier about investigate opportunities, you know, you saw this interview, and you’re like, oh, I want to do that. And that turned out to be the right thing for you. I had a similar experience when I was in high school, what I would have considered to be like one of my safety schools, like I know, I got that one in the bag, no problem. They had a scholarship program that you could go through it’s like an interview process. And it was a very difficult process. I was like, ah, well, I’ll just try this, because maybe it’ll be worth something to me. But I’m not going to school there. That’s where I went as an as an undergrad. Because that process and other things about getting to know the school better, I found it was like the right fit for me. And I got into some better schools. But that experience for me was really good. And it allowed me to do the graduate work that I wanted to do. Because I knew that wasn’t going to be my last I knew I was going to do other things. So very important to just know that at least investigate opportunities when they’re available to you. Because as a person with a doctoral degree, so many are going to come and you don’t know when you’re going to get to have this a moment like we were talking about earlier. I’m sitting outside of Cathedral in Paris, checking emails while getting ready to teach a seminar. That is not who I thought I was going to be growing. And it’s not like I do it every day, but it happened. And that’s something I would never have expected. So


Dr. Stefanie Boyer  [1:01:51]

Oh, that’s so great. I love that story. Absolutely. I probably the best advice is just when that opportunity comes, be ready for it, and just take it and see where you go.


Dr. Russell Strickland  [1:02:00]

That’s right. Because that’s the thing about that I’ve heard from so many people doing this podcast is, yeah, this thing I’m doing. That is not exactly what I was planning to do it. It’s in the code of things I would have wanted to do. But I never thought this was a possibility. This is not an idea that I had. It’s just where the path led. Because I was I had a direction and a purpose. And then I had all these opportunities. And that’s that’s the wonderful thing about this story.


Dr. Stefanie Boyer  [1:02:28]

I am sure if I love it I feel I feel so fortunate every day and grateful.


Dr. Russell Strickland  1:02:33

Well, Dr. Boyer, if folks wanted to reach out to you. I know we’ve already talked a little bit about Rainmakers. We’re going to get your book in our in our show notes so they can go find out I’m going to take a look at that myself. How’s How can they? How can folks best reach out to you to continue this conversation?


Dr. Stefanie Boyer  [1:02:48]

Sure, you can find me easily on LinkedIn. That’s probably the best way to reach out to me. But then you can also email me as well. So I’m Sometimes email goes to junk mail. I don’t know but you I won’t miss you on LinkedIn. Probably.


Dr. Russell Strickland  [1:03:10]

So LinkedIn is the easiest, but the emails there as well. And then it was rainmakers dot did you say it was org?


Dr. Stefanie Boyer  1:03:17 Rainmakers without any vowels.


Dr. Russell Strickland  [1:03:24]

Dot org.  That’s, that’s so awesome. Thank you so much for being here. I want to remind folks that this episode is brought to you by Dissertation Done, if you’re working on your dissertation, and you need that support structure that we’ve been talking about here today, reach out to us at And we’ll have a conversation and see if that might be a good fit. Same thing. If you’re looking to uplevel your own authority after you graduated, if you’re still working on your dissertation, get that done first. But if you’re looking to uplevel your authority, and you want to be a published author, we can walk you through that process too. And you can find out about that at And again, Dr. Boyer, thank you so much for being here today.


Dr. Stefanie Boyer  [1:04:03]

Oh, thank you so much. It’s been it’s been a thrill.


Dr. Russell Strickland  [1:04:07]

And for everyone else out there, have a wonderful day, and go out and live your unconventional life.


Outro  [1:04:19]

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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.