WHAT HAVE I LEARNED IN 2012/2013?
For me, mainly, 2012 was a year of sacrifice and self discovery. A year of failures and big acomplishments. Which make me think: “what have I learned in 2012/2013 that I can use to create a powerful and vigorous 2014?” I will left it written so I can come back and read it whenever I need help. And maybe my learnings can help you out either. One can never know. So, what have I learned in 2012/2013?
- The advantage of being persistent:
My 1 year experience as External Relations Director in AIESEC in ISCTEthaught me mostly the importance of never quitting despite all the difficulties. It taught me the meaning of persistence and showed me what you can gain with it. I was struggling with money to keep living my life, paying for faculty, etc, and I wanted to quit for I felt I had no conditions to work in a commited way. I asked for help, searched for solutions, found a part-time job and I didn’t quit any of my responsibilities. Although I was not able to meet all my goals in AIESEC and in faculty, I had a very successfull year. Glad I didn’t quit.
- The value of family, friends and of your team:
It also taught me that we can never reach something big only by ourselves. A team, friends and family are all the things you need in order to be happy and successful. They will help you asking nothing in return. Don’t ever forget to tell them how important they really are for you and to help them out also when they are in need.
- How to make the most out of something bad:
In January 2013, I didn’t get the position I applied for, as External Relations/Sales Director in AIESEC in Portugal. In fact, although at the day I felt pretty bad, actually it was one of the best things it could have happened to me! This provided me the opportunity to have my own band, gave me the time I needed to finish my International Relations Degree and the opportunity to implement a project I love called Make It Possible. With all this I believe I learned to make the most out of something bad. I cried for 1/2 hours when I knew I didn’t get the position, and in one or 2 weeks later I was starting my first gig with Rosa Lima Band; 4 months later working with a new team of 9 people around Portugal and 8 months later finishing my university studies! YES!!!
- How to be vulnerable:
4 years ago I stopped showing people my true feelings. Somehow I felt I needed to hide them so no one could hurt me again. In 2012/2013 I stopped being afraid of being vulnerable and I believe because of it I found love again. I’m living a happy life.
- Not to be afraid of failure:
We learn with our mistakes. It’s the only way to grow and the only way towards success. It’s better to try and fail than to do nothing at all. This way of thinking empowers me to do whatever I want and helps me to get up faster whenever I fall.
These were my major learnings and every person has their own and unique journey. So what were yours?
Lots of Learnings,