I am just starting my phd. I am self funded so I chose my supervisor. He's working on a related area to what I want but not quite the same. I am trying to decide my phd direction right now. I want to work on something very new, very fundamental, probably unrealistic for a phd. But I want to try. He has a good project planned that I could take on straight away. It would probably yield good results and papers. he's very pragmatic. But. It is not what I want to do. Its not bad but I am not passionate about it. He says the better you publish etc the more freedom you will get. Yes, my aim is freedom. But I could have freedom right now. why wait. sure, I might jeopardise my future chance of freedom, but who knows what will happen in the future. I am thinking about now. So Should I go my way and take a risk and possibly piss my supervisor off? or do I go with him and compromise my feelings.