First of all, you’ve accomplished a lot over the past five weeks, so congratulations are in order. You don’t need to be told that it’s been a difficult five weeks, but you’ve made it through, and you have every right to be proud of your accomplishments thus far. So, without further ado, enjoy the following celebratory meme:
Now back to business. The third module of SBI presents its own set of challenges, no less daunting than the first two. Those of you being exposed to Economics for the first time will have to learn a new discipline over a brief period of time. You’ll have to keep up the aggressive study habits you’ve developed during your first month of SBI.
Competitive Effectiveness will present a similar challenge, but it will also tax your ability to work as a member of a team. You’ll have to hold up your end of a heavy workload, and you’ll have to trust your teammates to do the same. In solving the case problem, you’ll have to think creatively and apply what you learn in class. When conflicts and disagreements arise, and arise they will, you and your teammates will have to figure out a solution together. In short, you still have a lot of work ahead of you.
If you and your team do this work well, however, you’ll accomplish something to be proud of. You’ll put together a presentation that will wow your classmates, your professors, your clients, and yourselves. More importantly, you’ll leave SBI with the confidence that comes from stepping outside of your comfort zone and achieving something difficult, and that’s the kind of confidence that lasts. So enjoy your half day off, but be ready to hit the ground running tomorrow. After all, you’re only halfway through.