I am a fairly new Master's student (~3 months). A few weeks ago, my supervisor told me to work on project X. I reluctantly agreed to work on X because I was not able to come up with any alternatives, due to my lack of knowledge in the field.
However, as I spend more time on project X, I'm more and more convinced it's a bad project for me:
- I'm not interested in X
- I don't think there is a good chance of getting published (my supervisor and the other students agree it's a stretch).
- I think my supervisor is mostly asking me to work on it because he thinks project X could become a business opportunity. I'm not interested in business opportunities right now.
I have expressed a desire to work on a different project, but my supervisor hasn't been willing to help me come up with one. He is really focused on making X a reality. I've come up with broad topics that I could look into further, but my supervisor always answers that I need to focus on X or else I will never get anywhere.
TL;DR My supervisor asked me to work on project X, and I reluctantly agreed. A few weeks later, I'm realizing that it was a bad decision to agree to X.
Is it acceptable for me to tell him that I want to drop project X, and start looking for a better project?