Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Personal Statement

I was in class all weekend again. We had Leadership on Friday and Saturday, then International Trade on Sunday.

The Leadership class was great and my one piece of advice to any student (MBA or otherwise) is to take HR classes as they are some of the best and most useful classes you will ever take (along with classes about Intellectual Property).

Anyways, we were asked to create a Personal Statements for ourselves that would function to help guide us through the next 3-5 years of our lives. In case you haven't noticed, everything these days is about work/life balance and everything in life is connected. I think personal happiness and professional fulfillment go hand in hand and my personal goals for the next 3-5 years involve maximizing both of them.

I will say that I thought one of the example Personal Statements we were given was REALLY the best one for me and will most likely be using that one. I can't print it here (copyright) but I will post the one I wrote for myself. A few interesting points but here it is:

Danny Starr: Personal Statement

I will choose to live my life in any geographic location and not be afraid to consider new and exciting opportunities, no matter where they may take me.

My family, no matter how far they are, will always know what I am up to. I will talk to them regularly and use technology to make long distances shorter.

I will be an attentive and engaged uncle, brother and son. I will also be mindful of the community in which I live and devote time and energy each month to making it better.

My co-workers will understand that I value integrity because they will see that I embody this in my daily actions. I will work as hard, if not harder, at developing their careers as I have on my own.

I will not be afraid to make, stick buy and implement tough decisions. If those decisions are made by those above me, I will trust that they are in the best interests of the collective and not just the decision maker.

I will be more effective at work because I have taken that necessary time ensure that I am well rested and recharged.

All good things come from positivity and my own personal view of the world will reflect this so much so that those around me will feel the same hope for the future.

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