#6 Takeaways of this summer & internship

Time flies, and here comes the end of the internship. Through reading some books (Cheat code by Brian Wong) as well as the finishing my internship. I have had these following takeaways:

  • Ask

It’s as simple as that. If you want something, ask for it. The worst thing that can happen is that they say no, which mean nothing has changed. You are no better and no worse off than if you did not ask at all. If they say yes, your life can dramatically improve in the snap of a finger.

  • Find your super power

Many people spend all their time focusing on there weaknesses and trying to improve them all. I think this is a waste of time. Instead you should focus on cultivating your main strength or “super power”. Let this guide you, and find partners who have “super powers” where you have weaknesses.

  • Don’t be afraid of no

Hearing no stings, but it doesn’t leave you any worse off than you were before. In fact, hearing no should be seen as a good thing, because it means you are that much closer to hearing the words yes.

  • Always be learning

The only way to improve is to learn. The more you know, the more effective you can be. You should go to sleep every night knowing more than you did when you woke up.

  • Don’t ask – announce

Too often, we squander opportunities because we’re afraid to ask permission to pursue them. Instead, announce your intention – don’t specifically ask permission – and just do it. It will seem considerate, yet at the same time confident and authoritative.

At an airport, you can insert yourself near the front of a line-up by telling people you only have 20 minutes to make the flight and they will inevitably oblige. Years ago, a research study showed any explanation, no matter how weak, allowed people to jump a queue at the office copier.

  • Take a splurge day

Every month or two, it’s a good idea to take a splurge day, unplugging from devices and heading to the beach, or hanging out in a favourite restaurant or even just sleeping all day.

Thank you for reading my blog! See you all in the campus soon.


Originally from Shanghai, China, who spent couple years in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Macau, and the USA, I will be an Actuarial Consulting intern at Milliman's Chicago Health Practice for Summer 2017.

One thought on “#6 Takeaways of this summer & internship

  • August 30, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    Hi Qishen,

    Thank you for posting your amazing posts about your internship. It seems like you had a great time at AIG this summer. We are so happy to hear that. I would have loved to hear more about some of the projects you worked on and how that correlated to your classroom learnings at U-M. Nonetheless, be sure to continue your relationships you’ve formed at AIG and try to parlay that into future opportunities within the company. We look forward to seeing you in the fall!

    Go Blue!


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