Inspire 2018 – Being inspired to change

Good morning, BI Blog’s readers!

It has been 2 weeks since Inspire 2018 brought three amazing days to Oslo campus. Thomas Anglero, one of Inspire 2018’s guest speakers, shared with BI students top 5 regrets of the dying:

  • I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
  • I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.
  • I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
  • I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
  • I wish that I had let myself be happier.

Has this list created any changes in your life so far? Have you applied any advice from Thomas Anglero or other speakers?

Let BI Blog introduces to you Harald Svendsen Rognlien, one of Inspire’s key members. The event will be described from an organizer’s perspective and his amazing 3-year journey with Inspire.

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My story with Inspire 2018

– My story with Inspire started when….

It started in my first year 2015/16 when I decided to apply as an ambassador. I wasn´t sure what it was at first, but when I got a little bit into it, I understood pretty quickly that this is something I think is very fun to work with, and when I find something fun to work with I put all my time in to it. So when I found out of that I found out pretty quickly that I would try to work as hard as possible to get into the board the next year.


(All Inspire members worked together to prepare for three inspiring days at campus)

– The purpose of this event is…

to engage, motivate and inspire the students at BI. This is a very broad explanation of it, but that’s kind of the meaning of it, because we want it to be up to the student of what they choose to take out of it. That’s why we are getting the best people from their respective fields to get in to their mindset and understand what kind of mindset you have to have to get to the top of what you want and that’s the important part, when I say get to the top it´s not about becoming the CEO or getting a huge salary it´s getting to the top that you set for yourself, how you reach your own goals.

– What I have learned the most from Inspire…

There are a lot of things I have learned from being with Inspire for three years, so I’ll pick out a few.

You get a whole new perspective of how to work in a team first of all, you meet people from all over the country with different attitudes and opinions but you all meet around the same point that you want to make a great project for the other students.

I also changed a lot in my leader style over the last two years that I have been in the board. I’ve always thought that the right way is to be strict and very direct, but with good teammates along the way they have learned me how to sometimes step back and just trust the people around you.

The last thing I want to mention is that the most important thing is to remember to have fun with the work you´re doing.

– The speech that inspired me the most was…

It´s several speeches that inspired me in different ways, but I have two speeches that stands out in my mind and it was this year’s speaker Thomas Anglero who is one of the most inspiring speakers in the business right now and in 2016 when I watched the actor Kristofer Hivju talk about how he worked through shit jobs year after year because he wanted to be in that business and he never lost track of his goals, and look at where he´s now; Game of thrones, Fast & Furious etc.

– What the speakers expect from BI students…

I think it´s very mixed and it depends on who the speakers are and what profession the speaker comes from. For an example if you take one from the business world they have a much closer connection with BI and now what is going on here, they are a lot more at the school to talk to the students and a lot of them hire the BI students later on.

– The most challenging experience in organizing this year’s event…

It´s the same thing as the previous year’s actually, and that is communication between all the different parts at SBIO/BI management. There are too many different parts that have a say in what the rules are and when they aren’t on the same page it becomes hard to work efficient.

– My message to BI students is…


Have some fun while you study, it´s so important to just relax and have fun with something different than studies.


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