Forty-four years later I sold my business, retired and became a photographer/artist. I look back on those days and wonder how a guy who failed maths and English O level 4 times ever made it. (I eventually passed maths O level aged 40) I can only attribute my survival to an avid curiosity and appetite for knowledge. In the end, I am, with the help of a couple of strategic mentors, essentially self-taught, an autodidact. As a retirement project I decided to scratch my creative itch by taking a few art lessons before I knew it I had enrolled for a foundation art and design course and then on to a BA in Fine Art degree. Passed out with a 1st and the top student prize! I was on a roll, after some encouragement from my dissertation supervisor, an MA was the next step. I thoroughly enjoyed the MA which whetted my appetite for proper academic research. I could not stop now. After some soul searching and encouragement from my better half, I applied for and was accepted as a PhD candidate at LICA, Lancaster University.
I suddenly have this feeling that I may have bitten off more than I can chew! This is a serious commitment and I have to make sure I do not make a fool of myself. So let us start researching how best to tackle this mountain. If I was in business again, this would start with a SWOT analysis, to determine my Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. On this occasion, I shall confine myself to Weaknesses, which are:-
- Procrastination in the guise of excessive unfocused research (surfing the net, pulling at threads), I am easily diverted.
- Disorganised reading, note taking and collation of information.
- Mild dyslexia and a poor grasp of grammar particularly as academic writing, not helped by having a scientific rather than a humanities background.
All comments and suggestions welcome.