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SMU-X Survival Toolkit: Having a Sense of Reality

This guide provides useful information and links to resources on SMU-X.

At A Glance


Problems faced by organisations are increasingly more complex, and there is a need to constantly seek out new knowledge, apply what we learn and collaborate with different stakeholders. The realities of working in this complex world can be daunting and we must learn to embrace it. The following resources provide perspectives on how to handle realities in this ever changing and demanding landscape.  


Eduardo Zanatta is a senior studying business finance at Brigham Young University (BYU). Humanity has much desire such as success. But in reality, not all can be achieved. Why? Because of one fundamental element of success is failure. What does that mean?  Reality isn't something you perceive; it's something you create in your mind. Isaac Lidsky learned this profound lesson firsthand, when unexpected life circumstances yielded valuable insights. In this introspective talk, he challenges us to let go of excuses, assumptions and fears, and accept the awesome responsibility of being the creators of our own reality.
  • I can't tell what's real
    Learn the story from Pat Long who is having a brain tumour. He was left with persistent déjà vu, then began to question the very nature of reality. 

This section lists some recommended readings.

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