Dear Future Entrepreneur-in-training at MEST

by on Tuesday, February 28th, 2017, filed under IdeasSchool

To all MEST Entrepreneurs-in-Training (EITs) – future and current 🙂

Congratulations on making it into MEST. You! Out of thousands of applicants, you got into the program. It is a privilege to be here: interacting and learning with great minds from all over the world. Take advantage of this opportunity.

The zeal you have right now, try to keep it in you till the end of the program. It won’t be smooth sailing, but even when you are grinding your teeth, you will learn so much about yourself and those around you. Continue to uphold the MEST values no matter what – Generosity, Positivity, Standards – and carry them with you and beyond.

At MEST, you will learn lots of programming languages. If you are a pro already, good for you. It should be a breeze. You’ll have fun all through.

If you are new to programming, you’ll need to dedicate more hours to get better. Focus on being very good with at least one language. There is a wide variety to pick from. My biased suggestions are Ruby (which means you should master Ruby on Rails), Java, Android, JavaScript, Python (which means you need to master Django) or Swift.

Focus on being very good with at least one language. There is a wide variety to pick from.
Master one once you get down the fundamental principles of programming. There’ll always be room to pick up the many others. You’ll be able to solve different problems with different languages but pick just one. Programming is a skill where trying to be a “Jack of all trades and master of none” will drive you nuts.

Programming is a skill where trying to be a “Jack of all trades and master of none” will drive you nuts.
But learning programming is not all you’ll be doing. There’ll be lots of Business and Communications classes to spice up the mix. After all there aren’t that many 100% technical teams out there. Variety is the spice of life. Spot people more skilled than you in technology, business or communications. Pair up to work with them every chance you get, so you can establish whether you will be a good fit as co-founders.

Spot people more skilled than you in technology, business or communications, and pair up to work with them every chance you get.
MEST gives you a safe environment to bring all your ‘crazy’ and not so crazy ideas to life. Carry an idea pad with you always so you don’t forget your ideas and insights. You’ll also get the chance to work with other brilliant minds on their ideas. Your interactions will reinforce the fact that there are no new ideas. Many people dream of a similar future as you. Your execution of the idea is what truly counts.

Your interactions will reinforce the fact that there are no new ideas. Your execution of the idea is what truly counts.
Be very open minded when you get here. There is so much to learn. It all depends on your outlook. You’re an Entrepreneur-in-Training so you shouldn’t wait for anyone to hustle you along. Take initiative. Management is very supportive and always ready to listen. If you haven’t by now, read Eric Ries’ Lean Startup. I promise it’s one of those books you’ll want to re-read after some time.

This is also a good time to catch up on tech newsletters and have your ear to the ground on what’s happening around the world. Before I forget, delve deeper into the concept of design thinking. It’s something you’ve probably already been applying in case you feel like I threw a new vocabulary there. You need to study it on a not so high level.

Twelve months is a long time. But it flies by.
Twelve months is a long time. But it flies by. Before you know it, you’ll be talking of things you did three months ago. Manage your time. That means ensuring your calendar is not always booked. Your daily routine aside, find “me” time, “get to know fellow EITs” time, “work on projects” time, “finish assignments” time, and “exploration” time.

MEST is not a typical school. It may feel like ‘school’ sometimes but bear in mind that you are in the real world. Food, accommodation, transport, monthly stipend and Internet aside, you are fending for yourself. Be grateful that these basic needs are catered over this period.

Food, accommodation, transport, monthly stipend and Internet aside, you are fending for yourself. Be grateful that these basic needs are catered over this period.
You’ll wake up early and go to sleep late. As long as you get enough rest in-between, you’ll be okay.

While here, you will do several capstones. These are things most entrepreneurs wish they had when starting out. Make the most out of them. Give them your all. Who knows, we might buy shares in these ideas when you go IPO!

Jorn Lyseggen and his team took it upon themselves to believe and invest in you. Don’t take this for granted. Sail through the program with as much resilience as you put into your interviews. Putting your best foot forward. That goes for your fellows too. They are all doing their best to impact in your future. Make use of them.

Sail through the program with as much resilience as you put into your interviews. Putting your best foot forward.
When in doubt–there will be those times–look back on the days when you were applying to MEST. Reflect on the things you wanted to do before you got here. Now that you are here, get to work. The ball is in your court…

If you already knew all this, my apologies for stealing your time. It doesn’t hurt to get a reminder.

Cheers!

When in doubt–there will be those times–look back on the days when you were applying to MEST. Reflect on the things you wanted to do before you got here. Now that you are here, get to work. The ball is in your court…



  • Okunsanmi

    thanks alot