Studying and Living in Finland LUT Alumni Experience by Aisulu Harjula

A way of thinking: Succeed in any project

Subjective views to deal when completing a degree and becoming a real graduate. Things to deal to succeed in projects.

We’ve talked about difficulties in writing a final student project and divided them to subjective and objective reasons in this post. This time you get info that is applicable to any kind of student work, a paper and a project that consumes our power and energy.

I’ve noticed that students in Finland (all international and local guys) do cope with big projects quite well, it doesn’t always mean they love what they do but they really  are masters to complete things in time. Maybe there is something interesting about their way of thinking?


One of my good friends, Francis, keeps me always up by saying, “Winners never quit, quitters never win.” I’d like to share what I’ve learned while being in Finland.Let’s consider three key steps A, B, and C during working on any kind of project work.

STEP A. Understanding an issue

I’ve tried to look to each challenge from another point of view. And when I’ve separated a real challenge from my own subjective opinion and perception on that challenge, I’ve got a tremendous power to do right things that could even bring me more motivation and inspiration to complete.


Surprisingly, but sometimes you just need talk to your friend or mom about buying food for a dinner, to walk down to a shop or go to a gym even if you think you don’t have time (most of time it’s just an excuse). After doing different things you come back with a refreshed mind. As for me a great deal of sport activities have been essential to deal with a stress in right time.

STEP B. Identifying main points

Practically, I’ve divided been asking myself every time during the project:

1) where am I now; 2) what is next?; 3) what is the final point?

When you focus only on these three points, you automatically go into the right direction. As you start focusing on challenges, you’re about to loose. When a project reaches some point of progress it’s really good to ask several questions to yourself. These small strategies described down helped me to overcome different emotional stages during my projects.

STEP C. Choosing an action

It’s very simple. Every time when you’re on a finish line of a big part of any kind of work and you’re already feeling too tired to get things done till the end because it has already been a long run and all your thoughts can be expressed in one “Oh  no!”, don’t ask yourself “How to complete it, how to finish it?”, simply think about the last challenge and ask

Where to start? What to begin with?

Then this finish line goes like a new project with well known steps =)


It works in a reverse direction as well. Every time when you’re about just to start something that seems to you very big and important and you don’t know where to start, how to begin with, tell your mind

So, what’s going to be the final result?

Catch the result as a big picture then drop it to small steps of actions forming a ladder to conquer this imaginary mountain of work. As always, best of success and good luck with completing projects in time!

Your solution with big projects? Please! )

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About The Author

Researcher at LUT, Master of Economics, LUT & GSOM Saint Petersburg State University. Focus on Strategy, Innovation and Sustainability. Background in natural sciences.


  1. Anna 7.1.2015 at 17:24

    What a brief but inspiring article. In fact I’m writing my thesis now, so I love your hints 🙂

    • Aysulu 9.1.2015 at 02:05

      I’m glad it works for you! ))) thank you for your comment! )

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