Before you have, you must do; Before you do, you must be

Posted March 4, 2015

While at my annual cousins’ party this weekend, I was reminded of a little bit of wisdom I had read many years before.  At first, I didn’t recognize it, as if it were flitting around waiting for me to see it, like a dragonfly skimming the top of a lake before alighting on a water

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Preparing for the Dissertation Defense Process

Posted January 30, 2015

As another quarter comes to an end, many of you may be moving closer to the end of your dissertation process—yea!  While working with thousands of Ph.D. candidates, I still find it funny that instead of being relieved that the end of this journey is near, many are more nervous than ever!  It too often

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The Flywheel of Our Lives

Posted January 7, 2015

Happy New Year to you all—what a year 2015 will be! There are minds to persuade and hearts to touch, so let’s get started with a familiar exercise. For many, grade school instilled a tradition that dictates how, with every New Year, individuals must create various goals to achieve. We term these goals New Year

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Breathing as a Bridge between You and Your Committee

Posted November 4, 2014

Recently I went to a dance event called Diavolo at the Straz Center in Tampa where I live. These performers are dancers, gymnasts, athletes, and acrobats. While completely impressed with their strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular capacity, I was struck with their teamwork. How did they trust each other, know when to hold on, when to

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A Key to Your Great Life

Posted October 24, 2014

Everyone wants a better life, right?  Part of being human is to develop our potential, achieve our goals and realize our dreams.  Yet lots of people seem to search and search, strive and struggle for that perfect life (I was one of them).  Well, I’m here to tell you that you can have that life,

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Saying YES to Your Goals

Posted September 10, 2014

In the 2008 movie YES MAN, Jim Carrey plays a withdrawn guy since his divorce and sees the world negatively.  After an inspirational seminar, he starts saying “yes” to life and the real life adventure begins.  He starts a relationship, and begins changing the world around him (e.g, helps a guy not commit suicide, starts

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How to Select the Appropriate Statistical Analysis

Posted June 12, 2014

How do doctoral students select the appropriate statistical analysis and power analysis for their methodology selection? Selecting the appropriate statistical analysis and sample size is a very common problem for graduate students.  Here is the strategy we use at Statistics Solutions: select the correct test, and then select the correct sample size for that test.

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Optimism or Pessimism is Your Choice

Posted June 10, 2014

What is the difference between someone who is optimistic or pessimistic? It’s your thinking that makes is so. And wrong thinking can lead to wrong feelings. Twenty years ago I wrote my master’s thesis on attribution theory, which basically speaks to how we explain positive and negative events. For example, are you more prideful of

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Motivation in the Dissertation Process

Posted June 5, 2014

“Once the seeds of faith take root it cannot be blown away, even by the strongest wind” –Rumi You become what you think about. You have to envision yourself as a person who has graduated, having met your end goal by obtaining your doctorate or Master’s degree. Condition your behavior by visualizing a positive end.

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