My mentors have left me wondering about the importance of legacy…sometimes, they suggest it is meaningless and self-centered; other times, they suggest it is part of a life well-lived. But they consistently suggest that legacy does not weigh on the youthful mind. Thoughts of legacy imply maturity.
Who comes up with great ideas? Who is an original? Who is a creative?
These questions surface because I’m developing a research focus for my dissertation, and I keep running into this chicken and egg: do we complete Phd programs by letting the body of knowledge mold our perspective or…
Dr. Dana Patterson presented to our class today, and he was indeed that guy: knew his dissertation topic on the first day of his program, started publishing and presenting before defending, maintains an impressive academic schedule while enjoying his family and his music. “Discipline over motivation,” he said.