As CFO of BlendZ, I’ve faced several tasks that were completely unfamiliar to me. Even though I am skilled with numbers, the tasks I had to do with them required more than common math logic to be done correctly. I started by trying to adapt my needs into my skills. I was quite experienced with excel, and as soon as I got the job, I was excited to create a spreadsheet to keep track of everything. Later on, when I figured out how big accounting is, I noticed it wouldn’t be enough, and started looking for a different type of software that would serve all of our needs. Through this experience, I’ve learned to choose the set of tools and resources depending on the needs you have to fulfill rather than the skills you already acquire.
Moreover, as I got into these unfamiliar set of tools and resources, I started experimenting different methods. Not only was accounting unfamiliar to me, the complete idea and theme of entrepreneurship was for all of us. As we read the Lean Startup, we started off as gullible readers. We thought that everything they said had to happen. We thought that the book had the final word. As we read the book and applied the concepts into our startup, we noticed that because of our particular context, these principles had to undergo specific adaptations for them to be successful. Through this, I learned the importance of being aware of the context one is working on. You won’t know how something will come out until you actually do it. Yes, it is possible to get an idea by doing some research, but no kind of investigation will ever give you information about how something in your startup can turn out. With this mentality, we were willing to analyze the concepts we thought were relevant to BlendZ and increase the amount of assumptions we had by actually testing those.
Most importantly, in every task I’ve done--no matter how big or small--the importance of taking initiative has appeared. I’ve always knew I have potential to do great stuff. And now, having had so many chances to take the lead and do something, which I didn't appreciate fully, I noticed how less valuable my potential can become because of not taking the initiative. These wasted chances have served as notifications for me to discover a weakness that can be much more harmful than what is seems. After reflecting and thinking about the roots of this problem, I noticed time was one of my main constraints. In order to solve this and take this next and vital step, I should set a time just for taking initiative. I know that having the chance facilitates it, and I hope that doing it now helps me get more experienced and comfortable to be able to do it the future in more demanding situations.
I don’t doubt that I’ve always been completing my tasks. But having less pressure on me now because of college, I still want to keep challenging myself into building new habits and having more valuable learning experiences that make me a better individual, and taking initiative is definitely the new theme I’ll be trying to focus on for the rest of this semester.