ten…print. You may be exploring a completely wrong path, and it’s ok. Because you’re ok with it, right? As a research manager, much of my role is to act as a therapist for researchers contemplating the abyss of possibilities. I often set boundaries to the research agenda, not because where the boundaries exactly lie matters, but their mere existence helps lower the stress of the unknown.
I know the analogy is way overused but managing a group of Ph.D. researchers is the closest thing to herding cats I have ever experienced. It did not take me long to realize that all you can really do is try and point them in the same general direction. Each is going to make their own way toward that waypoint, at their own speed and following their own path. If you pull the leash too tight on any one the whole herd collapses in on itself, but if you let out too much slack they all disappear over the horizon, possibly never to return.