Author Archives: Michael David Franklin


Kindling Inspiration and Passion When You Feel like the Dissertation is Defeating You

July 24, 2012

It’s important to your success to maintain a holistic perspective throughout the dissertation journey, especially in those moments when you feel defeated. Frustration and fatigue are encoded in the dissertation production’s DNA, but so are inspiration and passion. All too … Continue reading

Efficient Dissertation Writing; or, How to Negotiate the A+ Mentality

June 25, 2012

Many learners who reach the dissertation stage struggle with the pursuit of perfection, or what I call the “A+ mentality.” They have a number of personal and professional accomplishments under their belts, including high GPAs. They have received praise from … Continue reading

Achievement versus Entitlement

July 21, 2011

After putting hundreds and hundreds of hours into a career-defining case, a lawyer is stunned by the judge’s decision: he and his client have lost. Before court adjourns, he approaches the bench to speak with the judge. The lawyer pleads … Continue reading

Fear of Faculty

June 16, 2011

Don’t be afraid of your mentor. Too many learners are. Or at least, too many learners are afraid to speak up if their mentor is not turning feedback around in two weeks during the quarter, or is not responding to … Continue reading

Write or Die

May 13, 2011

In those moments of writing my dissertation when words didn’t flow and I was unsure how to begin, I used a website called “Write or Die.” The website humorously equates writing with life and not writing with death, acknowledging what … Continue reading