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I know that many people can relate to thinking “I’m not smart enough to finish this PhD”.  This inner critical voice can, in itself, be paralysing and feed into a downward spiral where lack of progress feeds self-doubt which leads to lack of progress which feeds self doubt and so on and so painful…

This week’s episode is a positivity pep-talk from Kaylie Zapanta a current doctoral candidate at the University of Southern California.  Kaylie has a background as an exercise coach and trainer and she is employing the motivational skills she uses with clients to support herself on her PhD journey.  

In this episode we recognise the importance of mindset and explore learning how to learn and the growth mindset.

We talk about perfectionism and how to overcome perfectionist tendencies.

Kaylie also shares her top tip for other PhD researchers.

You can connect with Kaylie on instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/kayliezapanta/?hl=en and on linkedin here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kaylie-zapanta/

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