Two words to describe what you have when you start a PhD – in a way, the reasons why you were accepted on the programme.
You showed something, in your application or interview. You had some skills, some knowledge, some enthusiasm – some combination of all of these.
You didn’t have everything you needed to finish your PhD at the start, but you had the promise and potential to find success.
Consider, now that you’re probably closer to the end, what did you have when you began? And what do you have now?
Potential realised? How? What did you do to get this far? And how far might you go now that the end of your PhD is near?