Only solve the problems you need to solve

James Gosling says, “Only solve the problems you need to solve.”

My research supervisor told me that my only mission is to turn in a
good thesis at the end of two years. Okay, and do well in my courses.
That’s all he’s asking for. =)

It helps that I actually enjoy looking for funding and thinking of
useful projects, but if push comes to shove, I should focus on
something I can write and finish than just on something that’s
well-funded.

I’m not even writing a Ph.D. dissertation, just a master’s thesis.
Master’s theses are much shorter than Ph.D. dissertations. I can get
away without inventing a whole new field, for example. =)

Thanks to Luis Fernandes for the tip!