New venture and thesis creation – not so dissimilar

New venture and thesis creation – not so dissimilar

Starting a thesis is nothing like what I expected it to be. I had thought that the biggest challenges in gaining my Masters would be actually doing the research or the first year papers, I had no clue that getting my research off the ground in the very first phase would be something that forced me adapt and grow as much as it has, more than anything else I’ve encountered. Ironically, in attempt to get my thesis progressing I’ve been learning a great deal about the start-up phase of successful entrepreneurs, and have found the number of similarities between what I’m researching, new venture start-up, and the process I’m going through, the thesis “gestation” phase, surprising. (more…)

Refocusing

Refocusing

As I was climbing up Machu Picchu with the rain permeating my rain jacket, my backpack and every layer of clothing on me saturated through, I thought to myself …why am I doing this and why didn’t I wear waterproof mascara. A self declared “experienced hiker” had just explained to me that the path was too dangerous ahead with “torrential” rain, and that she was turning back, plus that I should too. (more…)