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Embracing the Adventure of Uncertainty

Uncertainty can be a double-edged sword, creating both anxiety and excitement as we navigate uncharted territory.

Uncertainty is something that all students face in one way or another. Whether it's due to changes in their classes, the job market, or the economy, uncertainty can be an overwhelming and intimidating feeling. Instead of viewing uncertainty negatively, students can gain the skills they need to succeed in the future by adopting an entrepreneurial mindset. It is through embracing uncertainty that students can develop new perspectives, gain a greater understanding of the world around them, and be better prepared to handle whatever life throws at them. With the right attitude and mindset, uncertainty can become a powerful force for growth and personal development.

But which part of entrepreneur is good for this situation?

It's not vision or passion—or the steadfastness to conquer all barriers between yourself and an object you're obsessed with—that makes a successful entrepreneur. Rather, it is the ability to adapt to unconventional learning methods: to be flexible not only about which path to take to achieve some predetermined goal, but also to change the destination itself. By focusing on any one goal rigidly, this flexibility may be squelched.

On the other hand, those with an effective mindset consider the tools and resources they have available before speculating what potential goals or interim next steps those tools might enable.

One foundation of effective implementation is the ‘bird in hand’ principle: ‘Start with your means. Don’t wait for the perfect opportunity. Start taking action, based on what you have readily available: who you are, what you know and who you know.

Finding who you are can be a journey of self-discovery. You can start by identifying your traits, abilities, and attributes. Traits are characteristics or qualities that describe who you are, such as being outgoing or introverted. Abilities are skills or talents that you have, such as being good at math or playing a musical instrument. Attributes are personal characteristics that make you unique, such as your sense of humor or your perspective on life. Explore these aspects of yourself and consider how they combine to create you as a unique individual. Think about what makes you stand out, and what you are most proud of about yourself.

Finding what you know can be done by identifying your expertise and experience. A person with expertise in a field has acquired knowledge and skills from education, training, and practice. If you have a degree in engineering, you have expertise in that field. Experience is the knowledge and skills that you have acquired through exposure to different situations, challenges and opportunities in life. This can be through your job, hobbies, or other activities that you have been involved in. Make a list of your areas of expertise and reflect on the experiences you've had that have contributed to your knowledge. Consider what you are confident in and what you excel at, as well as areas where you may need more experience or further learning and finally, how it can be applied in different contexts.

Finding who you know can be done by identifying your social networks and understanding the concept of “six degrees of separation”. A social network refers to the people you know and interact with on a regular basis, such as friends, family, and colleagues. The concept of six degrees of separation states that anyone in the world is connected by a chain of acquaintances no longer than six. It likes LinkedIn showing that a certain person is 2nd or 3rd degrees from you if you’re not connected to them. This means that you are connected to people you may not know personally, through the people in your social network. Make a list of your close friends and family and think about how they are connected to other people you know. Consider the different groups you are a part of, such as work, school, or hobbies and reflect on the people you have met through these groups.

The second rule is the "principle of affordable loss"; which is a risk management strategy that helps individuals and organizations to manage uncertainty by setting a limit on the amount of loss that they are willing to accept in a given situation. This principle suggests that when facing uncertainty, it is important to assess the potential consequences of different outcomes and determine what level of loss is acceptable or "affordable." By setting a limit on the amount of loss that can be tolerated, you can make more informed decisions, take calculated risks, and manage uncertainty more effectively. This principle can be applied to various areas of life such as investments, business decisions, and personal choices. Set an affordable loss threshold to avoid catastrophic losses and make decisions in alignment with their risk tolerance and goals.

The concept of Yin and Yang in Taoist philosophy represents the dual nature of the universe as complementary and interconnected forces, where Yang represents light, heat, and male energy, and Yin represents darkness, cold, and female energy. Together they form a balance, and chaos and order are intertwined, as each contains the seed of the other. When Yang is too dominant, it creates chaos, and when Yin is too dominant, it creates stagnation. Thus, the balance of Yin and Yang represents the harmonious order in the universe.

In a sense, we need uncertainty.

When things are uncertain, things take place. Uncertainty is the very thing that drives you to unleash your powers, avoid stagnation, and grow not just yourself, but your world. The chances for achievement, contentment, and truly living are waiting there.

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