Lessons from my Internship: Week 6

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Internship / Saturday

This week was a busy one. Lots to be done, including a project that I had started from conception to execution. It wasn’t the success I had imagined – it was OK. Nonetheless, lots of lessons to be learned.

Execution is everything

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I am usually biased towards action in day-to-day life but when dealing with others, I prefer planning things out. This meant that I had everything planned out for this project that I had conceived of. A whole list of things and the exact timeline.

I think the reason that it wasn’t as successful as it could have been was because there was a whole lot of work to be done before the day of execution. I did some of that, but clearly not enough.

What I learnt from this experience is that a hybrid approach is required. You must not only be ready to plan in advance, you must also act in advance to lay the foundations of success when you execute.

Spheres of competency

Warren Buffett has a powerful idea known as spheres of competency – this is the sphere in which your core skills are. For most of you, this is pretty narrow. I want to take this idea a bit further and talk about the World of Incompetency and the Border of Danger.

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Most people are okay at identifying what their core sphere of competency is. The danger comes with false positives. When you think you know something but you actually know only the tip of the iceberg, you easily get into trouble.

It is dangerous to flirt with that line. I took up something this week that I’m not really good at. In this case, I was lucky enough to realize that and ask for expert opinion from someone who knew what they were doing. But I’ve made mistakes in the past.

This is a good framework to keep in mind to avoid those mistakes.

Ask for what you want

You can only get what you want by asking for you and then backing up that ask with action. By proving that you are capable of doing what you are asking for.

If you don’t ask, you’ll never get it. Better to ask and not get than not ask at all. This takes us all the way back to Week 2 to Priya’s mentality about her experience asking senior members of her company to get coffee.


Thanks for reading the last post of Week 6! As some of you might seen, I have now added headers for the different days and topics. Hopefully this makes looking at the archives easy for you. Excited about next week as there are some unconventional posts coming through. Until then, have a great weekend!

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