Thalia Mendoza: Where I’ve Grown

Working in an entrepreneurial setting can certainly be nerve-racking. It is easy to develop imposter syndrome and be harsh on yourself when completing tasks, due to fear of failure. My first few weeks as an intern were a struggle as I stepped into the entrepreneurial world for the first time. I fought fear, nervousness and feelings of inadequacy every day. However, throughout the past two weeks, I found strategies that, combined with the environment for learning at StarterStudio, allowed me to step into the shoes of someone who is familiar working in an entrepreneurial incubator. These strategies, and a newfound perspective, allowed me to create opportunities for myself to learn and grow. They also helped me take advantage of the resources at my disposal and reduce my imposter syndrome. Although it has only been a little over a few weeks since I started my internship, with confidence, I can say I have grown immensely.

I have seen drastic improvements in my work ethic. In the past I would consider myself as someone with great work ethic. However, it wasn’t until now that I realized what it truly means to have amazing work ethic. This is not to say that my work is perfect, but it is to say that every day I am improving; to me, consistent improvement, is perhaps one of the most valuable things one could ever learn and take with them, from an internship. One way in which I have improved my work ethic, has been by cultivating self-discipline and using my time wisely.

Anything worthwhile achieving takes discipline – staying focused on the long-term goal and not being side-tracked by short-term gratification. Though the alumni research project I have been working on, I have learned to train myself to be persistent and to follow through on the project and any other tasks they may ask me to complete. I think it is important to acknowledge that I was following through on projects, not only because I was an intern for them, but also because I enjoy the work that I am doing, so it is also important to me to follow through on each project. I removed any temptations/distractions. I quickly learned my strengths and weaknesses, and worked around my weaknesses, to find better alternatives. Most importantly, I had set goals and a clear workplan, which helped me accomplish everything I wanted and more, because I was able to use my time wisely. Benjamin Franklin used to say, “Never leave that ‘till tomorrow which you can do today.” It’s age-old advice, but I would say it is far from outdated. This is a saying, I always carry with me, whenever working on a project and/or task, because after all… “…time is money”

2021 Tech Fellow Thalia Mendoza

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