What If You Allowed Your Students To Learn Unconventionally?

iAcademy Junkture

You’ve probably seen sculptures made out of “garbage” sold for a small fortune, and muttered to yourself, “I could do better than that!”

I thought that way, until I realized how wrong I was when I participated in a workshop called Junkture, held at iAcademy in Makati.

Students and participants were given several hours to build sculptures using junk and trash provided by the school and its sponsors. All equipment from drills to welding gear, plus technicians and security personnel, were provided by the school

I was amazed at how quickly the students came up with ideas as soon as the random pieces of junk were being unpacked.

They snapped up interesting spare parts and pieces to build the masterpieces they’ve envisioned, while I just stood there like a befuddled donkey wondering how and where I should even start.

Richard Tuason, a multi-talented artist who makes use of old piano parts for his signature sculptures, explained (I’m paraphrasing here): Sure, you could re-create artwork that you’ve seen, but you probably don’t have the artist’s vision when the materials were still in their raw, unassembled form.

I had a brief chat with Vanessa Tanco, President and CEO of iAcademy, and remarked that I admire her willingness to turn the campus backyard into a “junk shop for a day”. According to her, as a design school, iAcademy wants the students to have as many avenues for creative exploration as possible.

That’s a fine example of a leader who clearly walks the talk.


What If Your Business Was Bleeding Profusely?

RJ Ledesma, multi-talented writer, actor, host, and entrepreneur

One of the most insightfully insightful insights I picked up from RJ Ledesma‘s brilliant mind was the need to develop mental toughness in making major decisions, like when to pull the plug on a losing business.

He drew from his experience in co-running Soderno (a sister project of Mercato Centrale), which didn’t take off the way he and his partners expected.

It took them 18 months to finally decide to shut it down, and he said they should have done it a year sooner.

The intricacies of such a decision lie in the financial metrics, plus a predetermined set of numbers and conditions to determine when to quit.

The most difficult part is the sentimentality. One can’t just let go of his “baby”, especially if he has lofty ambitions for it.

My questions for you are:

  • Do you know when it is time to shut down your business?
  • When that time comes, will you be mentally prepared to do what must be done?


What If We Practiced Properly?

“Proper practice precedes progress” is a wickedly mangled version of “practice makes perfect”, because I consciously try to avoid clichés.

I also tend to refrain from using the word “perfect”.

One can’t really be “perfect” at anything, but if he does achieve “perfection”, where does he go next? What’s the next level?

And then there is the issue of practicing for the sake of practicing. I’ve been guilty of that several times.

While I was learning how to swim, I was unaware that my swimming stroke mechanics were flawed. But as a diligent boy, I practiced hard every day, and I ended up mastering the wrong way to swim. Until this day, I find it hard to correct those deeply rooted errors.

I should have focused on practicing properly.

How the heck is swimming related to business? That’s where your business brain comes in.

This blog’s goal is to trigger ideas that are already inside of you.

If you reflect on your current situation, what skills have you been practicing? Have you been practicing properly?