If you’re thinking about entering a doctoral program, I’ve got news for you. You probably won’t finish. Most people who begin a Ph.D. or similar degree never hear the word doctor in front of their name. The attrition rate is around 50 percent.
There are good reasons for that, and most of them apply to projects other than completing a doctorate. Finishing a book, sailing around the world, graduating from college, and even being married are all harder than they look.
You have to count the cost before you begin.
The good news is that you can beat the odds and be successful in this. You can do this if you can say yes to all six of these questions.