I recently came across MindSumo, a platform connecting Fortune 500 companies with college students, inviting students to share their innovative solutions to business problems for cash. As someone who is always eager to take on a new challenge, this sounded like a fun way to spend my free time. I had found a new hobby.
After scanning the diverse list of questions to crack, I settled on one that interested me, hashed out my ideas, and sent it in. A few weeks later, I learned I’d scored in the top 10th percentile of over 300 submissions, and was wired cash to my PayPal. It was rewarding and exciting to learn that a company felt my idea was valuable and helpful to their business. In a small way, I was making a positive difference.
MindSumo winners are also awarded a certificate for their efforts. The award design had black and gold lettering on a tan background; a color scheme that hardly reflected the exciting MindSumo experience.
Propelled by the momentum of creative thinking, I couldn’t help but redesign the certificate using Canva, and then sharing it with Trent Hazy, MindSumo Co-Founder, in a request to connect on LinkedIn. A few days later, to my delight, the MindSumo team thanked me, and updated their certificate based on my design.
It can be very fulfilling to take the initiative when opportunity presents itself. MindSumo offers such opportunities, and I am grateful for the chance to solve business challenges, and wait for the unexpected to happen.