whats more difficult? phd or 5.5

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  1. pushing_wins

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    yes, for the person with average looks, it is extremely difficult.

    no matter how hard you try, you will never get it.
     
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  2. davo81

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    The obvious answer is that it depends. It depends because not all Ph.D.s are created equal, and because some people are very good at sports whereas others are very good at research. Some may even be very good at both. Or of course at neither.

    I have a Ph.D. and am probably a 3.5 player (as a researcher I'm still not sure how much these levels really tell).

    For ME, as somebody who was always the kid who nobody wanted to have on their school team, the Ph.D. was easier than becoming a 5.5.

    On the other hand I spent 4 years full-time on my Ph.D., probably 60-70 hours a week. In other words I've spent at least 40 times as much time doing my Ph.D. as I've spent playing tennis in my life so far. Had I spent the same amount of time on tennis, maybe I'd be a 5.5 right now.

    Keeping in mind how much higher the ROI is on a Ph.D. than on being a 5.5, I think I made the right choice ;-)
     
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    And for a person who has perfect model looks, it's extremely easy.

    You have it backwards. A task that is innately difficult isn't easy for anyone. It's not highly dependent on talent.
     
  4. pushing_wins

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    hence ...the qualification of the "average" person in my original post


    we are not talking about the extremely lucky
     
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    By your standard, it's "innately difficult" to palm a basketball. My girlfriend is physically incapable of doing it, but Shaq had absolutely no problem with it the first time he ever tried.

    That's not an example of something that's innately difficult. Climbing Annapurna is innately difficult - no amount of talent or good genes or skill will ever make it easy or trivial for anyone.
     
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    I agree with that.
     

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