The Business in Life

By Anna Hiran
Distinguished Young Woman of Texas for 2013

I’ve been in college for a mere three months, yet I’ve already learned so many life lessons from my academic advisors and absolutely brilliant professors. In truth, I was scrambling around the first few weeks of school, realizing that I might not have been so sure about what I wanted to pursue as a career. Why was I studying business? Was I really passionate about it? What if I ended up not liking it? Amongst all the confusion, everything slowly started to fall into place. I attended workshops with business leaders and found light through the stories other people shared with me. It took a while, but I realized that much of business involves discovery of self, and the lessons taught in business classes are applicable to life as a whole.

Here’s a list of the top ten things I’ve learned during my time studying business at The University of Texas at Austin:
1. A lot is about luck and timing, but it’s your job to put yourself out there because you can’t win the lottery if you don’t buy a ticket.
2. Sometimes you’re going to feel like you’ve fallen off a cliff, but don’t worry. There’s going to be a trampoline down at the bottom so you can bounce back up and fly even higher.
3. Kick jealousy out of the way. Understand the strengths of others and appreciate them especially if those strengths are the opposite of yours. You never know when you could end up helping each other out.
4. When pitching an idea, you might get ten no’s. You might get a hundred. You might even get a thousand, but remember that in the end, all you need is that one yes.
5. Love what you do. Do what you love.
6. Don’t wait for the perfect moment to start something new. Take the moment, and make it perfect.
7. Do not go where the obvious path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
8. Don’t be afraid to try something innovative and new. You’ll regret the things you didn’t do more than the things you did.
9. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or for help. Everyone needs a hand at some point in time.
10. There will be times when you will feel confused and lost, but getting lost will sometimes help you find yourself.

Now take a look back at all ten lessons. What do you notice? All of these concepts extend into the lives of all people, not just those in the business field. Because of what I’ve learned these past three months from my current mentors, I’m no longer afraid to venture out of my comfort zone and be spontaneous. For me, college so far has been a time of discovery of self, but it’s never too late to start being fearless and try something new. I promise you that if you try to incorporate these ten lessons into your day, you will love more, hope more, and grow more while living a fuller and happier life.

Anna Hiran is a college freshman at The University of Texas in Austin, Texas majoring in Business Honors. Originally from Houston, Texas, Anna was a participant in the Distinguished Young Women program and was selected as the Distinguished Young Woman of Texas for 2013. Learn more about Anna here!

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