“Well, when you are really involved in this completely engaging process of creating something new, as this man is, he doesn’t have enough attention left over to monitor how his body feels, or his problems at home. He can’t feel event that he is hungry or tired. His body disappears, like none of us do, to really do well something that requires a lot of concentration, and at the same time to feel that he exists.”
– Excerpt from transcript of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s TED Talk
I didn’t find much value in this phrase when I was younger. Maybe it was because I was that much of a workaholic (my sister calls it “being extra”) that I thought the way that I lived back then was the balance because of all that I expected of myself. If I wasn’t doing schoolwork, I’d be doing volunteer work, or taking freelance projects, or doing work for my part-time job. There wasn’t much room for anything else and I kept that momentum up until a year or two after I started working.
It’s been more than a year that I’ve held the Project Manager position at Symph and I’ve picked up things along my journey that really helped me continue my learning as a PM. I’m not a pro, far from it. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology with no class on “Management” whatsoever. The only thing, I suppose, that qualified me for the role was my years of doing volunteer work for the community; specifically, organizing events and looking for and communicating with sponsors.
I was at a rustic cafe in Bohol drinking some local sikwate and was looking for something to do while thinking back on my experience in the previous months’ Techstars APAC Summit in Thailand. That event gave me a lot of perspective, as you’ve noticed in my last few posts, and being with the people there made me realize that I didn’t know enough about the Philippine government’s plans on supporting and developing startups in the legislative level.
I’m just not very good at having crazy ideas of my own. I’m passion-driven sure, but a lot of the things I fight for have already been started by others. As much as I try to think of something on my own, it’s often something that doesn’t last for very long in my commitments list.
I joined my first international “women” event at the Techstars APAC Summit 2018 – Day 0 “Women in Community” and to be honest, I went in skeptical.
Before I get to the good bits, I’d just like to thank Shane Reiser for his “How I run a Startup Weekend” blogpost which was one of the first resources I read when I first started organizing, and is also the inspiration for this post. His account of how he tackles the Startup Weekend program inspired me to run my own experiments in organizing a Startup Weekend and have an observer’s mind that made me learn so much after each event no matter what role I played. Thanks for putting that blogpost together, Shane!