This article presents purposeful reflections of two PhD supervisors and one recent graduate to highlight some of the key issues for higher degree research supervisors and PhD students. In the first instance, supervisors need to recruit students who have a shared focus around a particular area of research and a similar work ethic. Students need to select supervisors who have a proven record in publications and in the successful completion of candidatures. The PhD thesis has to make an original and substantial contribution to knowledge and the literature. After extensive research and reading of contemporary literature the student has to identify a gap in the literature and develop research questions that will help them make a contribution. It is essential that students write and engage with programs and processes that will add to the quality of their thesis. Every PhD student can learn and enhance his/her higher degree research journey and to do that they need to be well planned, passionate about their research topic and ready for hard work.