During each Lunch N Learn we have had with people at Sundog, Hannah has always brought up the same question: “What is your best mistake?” It tends to be a question that catches people off guard, but always brings up great stories.
Reflecting upon this question, I had no idea what my best mistake was. First of all, it is not always easy admitting your mistakes. It can be easy to pass the blame to others and not accept ownership when things don’t go as expected. But when I really challenged myself to look honestly at decisions I’ve made, I think I pinpointed my best mistake.
As I entered my senior year, I knew exactly where my path was headed. I wanted to attend the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and study marketing. I had several friends who were students there, the school boasted a well-respected business program and it was just the right distance from home. The more I thought about it, the more I was set that it would be the college I would attend in the fall, so I didn’t bother to look into other options.
Just after holiday break I received the crushing news that I was waitlisted to the school, and it was pretty unlikely that I would be going there. I felt stuck. In four months I would be graduating and I had no idea where I was going to be going or what I’d be doing. But in the sadness that came from the rejection, came some great advice from my dad, “Keep your options open. The world is a big place with lots of opportunities.” More or less because I didn’t have many other options, I took my dad’s advice and started looking for other opportunities.
That is how I discovered the passion to continue my experience with DECA to serve on the National Team which gave me the independence to travel across the country and build genuine relationships with people from all types of backgrounds. That experience led me to be open to going to school across the country in Providence, RI. Lastly, it gave me the drive to push myself to try new things, that’s how I found myself at Sundog where I have grown more than I could have imagined. All of things I likely would not have done if things had gone according to my plan.
Yes, I made a mistake in being closed off and focused on one option. But it was my best mistake because it forced me to open my eyes to a world of ever-changing possibilities. And I have to say, I like the view.
Project Manager Intern