In today’s time, it is very importantfor every person who wants to be successful to have/learn a certain set oftraits.
A person should have a creative mind that finds better ways of doing atask. At the same time, a person should be hard working and never compromise onhigh standards of work. These were traits that a person requires on a personallevel but there are some that are also required at a social level likerespecting decisions of other people and being engaged with other people togain more knowledge. The CORE practice module is a module which aims atteaching us all these traits. Talking about myself, I had sometraits from the past, I have learned some of these traits here at Warwick and Ihave to learn some more traits during my time here and in the future.During the 2 months of this module, Ifound out certain areas in which I am lacking and want to improve myself. So,the areas on which I want to focus are:• Learning how to think more creatively • Enhancing my communication skills • Focusing on important things rather than wasting my energy on irrelevanttasks.
I will talk about them in more detailfurther in the essay. Before coming to Warwick, I alreadypossessed some of the traits like:• Working hard on a project and never compromise high standards: Ideveloped this quality of doing high-quality work in my mid secondary school.Either I chose not to do the work but if I chose to do it, I never compromisedon high standards of that work even if I had to work day and night to completethat task. • Respecting work done by others: I learned this attribute also in my midsecondary school because I realized the fact that every person tries to putmaximum effort into every work he or she does. And a pinch of appreciation canenhance that person’s confidence by a million times. Now I would like to talk about skillsI learned in Warwick till now and areas I would like to focus more on thecompletion of the module The first area is Learning how tothink more creatively:Customers often prefer old andtrusted brands to buy something that is already present in the market.
Therefore, in today’s world, it is very important to create something new be ita product or a service so that it can be sold in the market. And to do this a verycreative mind is required. Creative mind means analyzing the world in new waysto find hidden patterns and to make connections between unrelated phenomena soas to make something completely new.
This has a lot of benefits. Creativitymakes a person think about situations and topics in different ways. Thisenables the person to open his/her mind to new possibilities. Not just this butcreativity can make life a lot more fun. Through creativity, most tasks can beconverted to most fun/ interesting activities.
The first time I realized that I haveto work on my brain’s creativity skills was during the LEGO exercise beingperformed in the class. I saw everybody creating something or the other formthose LEGO pieces but on the other hand, I made something from those pieces atthe end of the exercise that too because I had to present it to my group. Forme, as an individual, it is very important to think very creatively because Iam doing BSc Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship which is all about how to starta new business with a product that is either very new in the market or is asuper-enhanced version of an existing product. In the past, I was not very creativein my learning process, I was more focused towards rote learning. But aftercoming to Warwick I realized the importance of creativity in studies as well asin in my routine. Here, a person can achieve something only by doing itcreatively.
Till now I have managed to performsome tasks creatively like creating an app which will modernize customersshopping experience and also selling cakes with a completely new marketingstrategy (part of the group projects of other modules). And it was only after Idid my tasks creatively that I realized the thinking potential of my brain. Itwas because of all of this that I have understood that a person should not beborn creative.
With regular practice, even creativity can be learned. This isthe first step and I aim to have a much more creative mind till the completionof the course. Some modules in the course I am doing requires students to usetheir creative skills and come up with new ideas. And this how I will continueto learn creativity beyond this module. The second area is enhancing mycommunication skills:According to me, it is very importantto have good communication skills. This is because of 2 reasons. The first isthat if a person has a great business idea but lacks in communication skillsthen he/she will not be able to convince the investors and the people aroundabout the idea.
The second is, that sometimes the idea is not that good but ifthe person has good communication skills then he/she can still convince theinvestors to invest in the project. This is something that I got to learn fromone of my classmates. He is the laziest person on this planet, he rarely comesto lectures and does not even attend group meetings but the one thing thatsaves him is his communication skills.
He presents his content to the audiencein a way which persuades the audience to listen to him and be interested in whathe is talking about. From him, I learned another very important communicationskill that is clarity in speech. It is very important for the audience tounderstand what a person is speaking, to believe in his/her idea.
Going back to my school days, mycommunication skills were bad. It was when I was 15 years old that I realizedthat I had to work on them. Definitely, I worked on it and improved them.During those 2-3 years, I went to a lot of competitions and even won someprizes.
Until the end of my school days, I had a good reputation among all thespeakers of my school. But then when I came to Warwick I found that there are alot better speakers than me and I have to learn a lot from them. I realizedthis for the first time during the practice presentation of the CORE module. Inschool, I learned how to speak clearly and present my thought to the audiencein a simple way. But after coming to Warwick I got to learn how to speak moreconfidently and make my content more interactive so that the audience does notget bored. Here at Warwick, I have realized that everything is relative, yourskills are measured among the people you are with and not with yourself.
Therefore, in the future, I plan to improve my communication skills by meetingpeople who are better in the field of communication and learn their skills.Other than this I also want to learn how to approach people and talk to themface to face more fluently which a very important part of communication skills. The last but not the least area is focusingon important things rather than wasting my energy on irrelevant tasks:Most people think too much- that’shuman nature.
Our mind is a thought generator which generates thoughts all thetime about endless things. Various neurological studies have shown that anaverage person has more than thirty thousand thoughts in a day and almost 80%of them are classified as useless. Over the time these negativethoughts:• Drain us energetically and emotionally• Increase our stress and anxiety levels• Undermine our decision-making and confidence• Confuse our thoughts with external realityI am no other than an average humanbeing and had these useless thoughts but did not discover this in school. After coming to Warwick, I made afriend who is good at everything be it academics or sports and at the sametime, he is a very good analyzer. He was the one who made me realize that I waswasting a lot of time on useless thoughts.
I also inferred that these thoughtswere somewhat affecting my social life and my creative self. I also realizedthat this problem also affected my group meets because I sometimes used to befussy about certain things, which the team members did not like. So finally, Istarted to work on the problem. As I worked on the problem, I was successful inreducing some amount of useless thoughts, I discovered that I was able to focusmore and complete my work more efficiently.
Till now I have managed to solvethis problem of useless thoughts to a very small extent and I aim at eliminatingit completely by stop worrying about small matters and thinking in a morepositive manner and thinking about what actually matters. To conclude I would like that in thepast my thought process was very unclear. I was the one who used to think aboutunnecessary stuff to the next level. This affected my communication skills andthereby affected my social life. And ultimately this social pressure somewhatinfluenced my creative mind.
I tried to work on this and succeeded but to avery small extent. But after coming to Warwick and becoming a part of the COREpractice module I got a clear direction. I finally understood what wasimportant and what was not. At the end, I would like to say thatin just 10 weeks at Warwick got to learn so much about so many things and thelist of more new things I can learn here is endless.