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Why Not Having a Clue is the Best Thing That Can Happen to You

November 12, 2015

About Me 

Abigael Titcomb is a third year Mechanical Engineering student with a minor in Entrepreneurship. She is the founder of her venture Knightly – a safety device for college students. She is currently on co-op at SharkNinja in Newton, MA as a member of the Ninja CORE team. She is a workshop instructor at the Sherman Center and is super passionate about bridging the gap found between engineering and entrepreneurship. 

Why Not Having a Clue is the Best Thing That Can Happen to You 

Knightly all started with an idea: a safety device for college students. I was in classes at the time, and in between my copious amounts of homework and exams, this idea kept nudging me, reminding me of it’s existence. I decided to pursue it’s development in one of my entrepreneurship classes and by the final presentation, I knew my heart was set on making this a reality. The only thing was that I had NO idea what to do.

That’s where IDEA came in. Multiple peers encouraged me to take a trip down to the basement of Hayden. I was hesitant, I only had an idea and some pretty sketches. Now, a little less than a year later, I’m developing business models, applying to gap funding, representing Northeastern in pitch competitions, and doing things that I didn’t even know were possible the first time I walked into that room.

I like to think that I have myself together and that I know what I’m doing but the honest truth is that half of the time I am scrambling like a chicken trying to figure out what to do next. The best thing about Northeastern is that it knows how to help people like me – the ones who have no idea what they are doing. IDEA, the Sherman Center, the Entrepreneurs Club are just some of the few Northeastern resources that offer advice, funds, opportunities, and connections to young entrepreneurs. When I have no idea what to do next, I can turn to IDEA, my IDEA coach, or the numerous connections I’ve made through the entrepreneurial environment at Northeastern and they can give me the answers and the help I need to make the right decisions. 

Honestly, it’s a tough position to not know what you’re doing and keep pushing on without a solid foundation to back you up. But it’s also an extremely rewarding experience to be in. We all know that the best learning is achieved through experience. When you don’t know what to do, you make decisions based on intuition, and are forced to learn things completely out of your comfort zone. You make a ton of mistakes, but you learn lessons from them. By stepping into the fire and just going for it, you actually develop more than if you just stepped aside and waited until you were ‘ready’. So, if you don’t know what you’re doing, it doesn’t matter – just take the leap and you’ll find out soon enough.