Thinking Outside of the Box

Due to a whole bunch of circumstances I have ended up having to do Micro Economics three times at different universities around the world. Now that being said my experience each time has been completely different. Which led me to think about growth and how it correlates to ones learning and understanding of a subject.

When we look at Micro Economics, the core content hasn’t really altered too much from when my father was studying it years ago. In fact I still use his annotated text book to this day.

So when in a weekly catch-up with my co-founder discussing some key value propositions of a new product we’re launching, I had an interesting realisation about my three different micro economics experiences.

The first two instances, I had the same mindset, that I’m sure many students have in their first years of university. “How is this going to actually benefit me in the real world?”

And it wasn’t until this weekly catch up that I could truly answer this question.

I only realised the true benefit of this subject when I stepped out of the academic world and into the real one. When I applied some of the key concepts of Micro economics to Unlock, their utility became substantially more profound.

I then took this thought one step further:

I have been lucky enough to have a fair share of experience over the past few years and I decided to start applying my “real world” experiences to very theoretical subjects, that back in first year seemed completely unnecessary. This small change, altered my learning ability immensely, my understanding of deep theoretical topics improved substantially, my ability to apply these topics to the real world became easier and finally my recognition of the fact that mindset and perspective play an extremely key role in the world of education became clear as day.

So to end off this short essay is a small word to all the students that had the same question as me.

Change your perspectives, gain as much practical and useful experience as you can and apply that experience to your studies. Study with the bigger picture in mind and finally the cliche of all cliches that proves the point perfectly “think outside the box” (in this case think outside the academic box)