Besides partying hard with a group of my dearest friends, participating in a business case competition as one of MUIC’s representatives is the activity I enjoyed the most during my four years’ stay at this college. ‘Wow!’ is the reaction I often get from people when I tell them about this activity that I enjoy, mainly because many people regard this activity as the NYC battleground where the universities’ Avengers assemble. Though, it is somehow true about the ‘assemble’ part, yet I am not one of the Avengers. I am just an average person. So, let me share with you how an average like me deals and keeps striving to reach my goals by doing the things I love (which predictably result in losses).
First, what is ‘An Average Person’ to you? In our social context it could mean an ordinary person, just another ‘him’ or ‘her,’ not outstanding but not that bad either. It also possibly contains negativity for some groups of people. For me, I know myself right away that I am average or even below that line when I first enrolled at MUIC. I did not have much international knowledge or background as I came from a regular Thai high school, mathematics has never been a good friend of mine, and living in a conservative environment did not give me much room to try anything new. Clearly, there are a lot of people who are way better and some who come a little shorter than me.
Striving for your goals or ultimate dreams as an average person, the odds are not always on your favor. The plan that you work hard on and the decisions that you make will often not succeed as beautifully as you have hoped for, and it will really hurt. I have experienced it during my college years and even up to now.
So here is my personal 3-step strategy to deal with being an average person and keep moving forward to my objective: 1. Accepting your average self; 2. Taking your first practical step; and 3. Accumulating experience and striving for more.
For the first step, you need to accept the fact that at this very moment you are an average person. Accepting the fact does not mean giving up, instead it will provide you the valuable opportunity to understand more both your limitations and strengths and at the same time reduce biases so that you will be able to leverage your strengths and do something or find someone to help reduce or cover your weaknesses including mitigating possible risks.
Secondly, let’s now discuss your ultimate goals. Normally, when we think about our dreams, it often refers to something big. There will be tons of things you wish to do popping up in your mind. At this point, we need to organize those ideas. Then connect the dots of persons and components you need to obtain in order to achieve your goal—just make it like a to-do list. Nevertheless, you need to try to ensure that it is practical and fit for you, personally, given your resources at hand. This is a tailor-made creative art craft.
Thirdly, this last step is quite simple yet complicated in terms of details. You now need to strive for it. Consequently, you will surely face failures, embarrassments and make many wrong decisions but the point here is to not forget to accumulate those experiences to learn from and strive for even more. This is a very crucial process. It is alright to make mistakes and revise the strategy many times, because, over time, with the more experiences and components you gather along the way, the strategy will be spontaneously adjusted.
Lastly, you may be surprised to find my personal strategy to have changed right away as I always make mistakes here and there, but it shouldn’t matter since you need to craft your own. In the very end, I truly hope that you find some benefits and values in this average story of minePiyawat “Pleum” Sangprasertkrid
BBA in Finance
MUIC Class of 2018
Current work: Chief Marketing Officer and Co-Founder at Verily Vision