Important note: the following journal was probably the quickest journal I have ever written because it really spoke to the latent desires I have about study and the future. It may seem like a splatter of what is in my mind and how I interpreted the readings so please understand. Be warned, this journal will speak very little of my MikesBikes experience so far because I feel that this reading uses a more personal approach as opposed to a business one. Sorry and thank you in advance.
Wow! Final learning journal. It was at the start of the course that I realized that MGMT300 was not an ordinary subject – it is preparing us for the “extra-terrestrial world” that awaits us after graduation. I have decided to focus on the reading that is very fitting for our journey as university students, i.e. ‘How will you measure your life?’ (Christensen, 2010). It deals with individuality and how focusing on the self can influence how we use our talents, energy and time. I wish I had read this in my last year of high school because it would have saved me a great deal of time. Nonetheless, I have learnt powerful lessons and acquired some great tools.
As I draw closer to the end of undergraduate study, I am always asked the question – “what do you want to do after uni?” My response: “I’ll let you know”. What is my problem? I am yet to find that really heavy, deep, intense, amazing, meaningful purpose that Christensen (2010) speaks so fondly of. I know why I want to study Management and Marketing and I know that I am passionate about the course. However, the answer to the first question that Christensen (2010) asks (How can I be sure that I’ll be happy in my career?) is – we cannot be sure that we will be happy in any career…so what now? As I try and resolve this doubt using past experiences and memory, I have come to this conclusion: No person I have ever come across has been happy with every single career path they have taken. Many have diverted away from their area of specialization because they later discover their “true” passion. The tentative theory I have come up with is that the unsure nature and doubt that these people have expressed has influenced the confusion I have for what my perfect fit is in the workplace. Instead of having a just do it” attitude, I am holding back from realizing my true “purpose”. So when Christensen speaks of how the true motivator in our lives goes beyond monetary reward, and is based on “the opportunity to learn, grow in responsibilities, contribute to others and be recognized for achievements” (Christensen et al.), I say this seemingly optimistic thought brings me closer to the realization that my study will take me places and I will be happy in my career.
Excuse the “hippy style” I have in my thought process above. Something in the reading really hit home for me.
Perhaps it was the suggestion that Christensen (2010) made about removing the idea of marginal cost from our thinking OR maybe it was the way he spoke about how to allocate resources wisely OR maybe it was even that one liner – Remember the Importance of Humility. According to the reading, the “just this once” excuse/mentality must be eliminated for us to truly progress as individuals and ultimately influence our work ethic, results and standards as humans. This lesson is also useful in a business context in the sense that avoiding the “just this once” level of thinking will prevent bad habits from kicking in and will allow for a consistent work output. The quote that gave me that ‘Aha’ moment was: “It is easier to hold to your principles 100% of the time than it is to hold them 98% of the time”. Wow…just wow!
Finally, Christensen (2010) goes on to say that people with a high need for achievement unconsciously invest time in activities that yield tangible results. The “most important things in life” like relationships and personal growth take a back seat because of this inefficient allocation. We are not taking the extra time we have and investing it in to activities that foster long term stability. For example, spending time with family and making time for ourselves.
In conclusion, this reading is my favorite reading OVERALL! I thoroughly enjoyed its bluntness and relevance to my journey as an “almost graduating” uni student.