I constantly felt my life was in a comfort zone. I was able to score high grades in school and secure a stable job in a Fortune 100 company 10 months before graduation. I went for an exchange program in Canada and read philosophy books in search of the meaning of life. I found myself lost at times and wanted to figure out what really matters to me. I wanted to learn about my limits and limitations and I knew that putting myself into a highly stressful environment in LP could help me do that, especially after encountering senior graduates whom I admired and regarded as super-human beings.
I really appreciated the pressure-cooker environment that LP provided. Through a series of challenges set for us, I became more aware of myself and my strengths, and learned from my failures – such as my limitations in leading a team, handling details, and managing my health and energy during a high-stress period – and strived to do better.
Now I am building a startup and those experiences from LP are really valuable references for me. I’m able to deliver my message to a crowd more clearly, thanks to the leading training I received in LP. I am able to manage my personal energy and stay energetic and focused for my work even with 4 hours of sleep a day, after learning to perform in hyper-intensive environments during my training in LP. During LP, sometimes I did not get to choose my own teammates. Nonetheless, my trainers allowed me to realize that my frameworks in team dynamics had hindered me from success. This realization had become the foundation for the current startup which I am building – to see others’ viewpoints, manage expectations and team dynamics, build a more open culture, and attract more talents in working together towards the same goal.
One unexpected benefit for me was my tolerance towards tough situations. LP was intense for me. The challenge was to keep our lives functioning in spite of numerous projects to complete. In order to save time and be more effective, I rented a couch in the city center and slept there for 6 months. It was indeed memorable. From being a single child raised in a sheltered environment, this experience made me a much stronger person. I learned to stay alert, calm and clear during critical periods – extremely important qualities for my startup life as we face tight deadlines and unexpected situations on a daily basis.