Stanimir Minov


Diploma in Global Business


United Kingdom





By Stanimir Minov

What do you learn in Oxford?

In Oxford I have learnt that I am not the most accomplished person in the room; and that being not the most accomplished person in the room is in effect a good thing. I have seen my class mates:

  • brilliantly articulating thoughts,
  • keeping a low profile and letting other people shine,
  • making sacrifices to the benefit of the whole group,
  • showing attention and respect,
  • politely exercising power and strength.

Modesty is the underlying theme that connects the above’s behaviours. Modesty is good because it makes you silence your ego and learn new things from the people around you. Modesty also makes you a more attractive and pleasant person. Modesty puts you in a mental frame of catching up, in a circle of constant dissatisfaction with yourself and a subsequent desire to improve and become better.

Being aware of your imperfections makes you confident. Once you know that you are only in the middle of the road to become an accomplished person, you gain an understanding of your areas for improvement and your weaknesses. Being aware of what you are not and where you are weak is a source of competitive advantage. Knowing your limits gives you power.

Modesty also makes you more adaptive and imaginative. You know that you are not the best but at the same time you don’t want to be less successful or be seen as less capable. Strengths are people’s limited recourse. The end outcome is achieved not by the number of strengths you have but by the way you deploy them, your strategy and your tactics.

The core of Oxford’s educational product is not the study content but the human one. Some people would say that you learn from your course mates. I would say that you don’t learn from your course mates but from the group interactions. You learn from the group as a whole, not from the individual. For a symphony, you need an orchestra.

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