Sera also believes in the value of being a polymath; someone with a diverse base of knowledge. She referenced how tennis players who grew up playing a number of different sports develop more skills, thus becoming better players, and how Da Vinci worked with cadavers to understand how different muscle groups work, which helped him perfect the Mona Lisa smile.
“We need to build bridges between different disciplines. If we’re only focused on our field, our brains will be just one color.”
During her time in California, she studied at Stanford and the University of California, Berkeley, and found that working in technology was ultimately what she aspired to do. In 2020, she started her current position at TikTok.
“We have this saying, ‘It starts on TikTok,’ and it’s so true! Since everybody has the potential to inspire and uplift others, build community, and express themselves authentically, it creates these viral yet relatable, cultural moments.”
This aspect of TikTok is one that puts a smile on Sera’s face as she talks about it. She appreciates that the platform works with the user to offer a feed that will generate joy and connect them with like-minded content.
As her career has progressed, Sera has adopted a form of living that doesn’t rely on long-term planning and, for her, it has made all the difference.
“I used to plan things heavily in advance because I’m such a perfectionist. But nowadays, it’s liberating to not have a 5-year plan. The pandemic was a great example of how sometimes things don’t go the way we expect them to and, often, the opportunity you weren't expecting is even better than the one you thought you wanted. So, it’s good to have an idea of who you are, what your core values are, and to have some sort of compass, but life happens when you’re busy making other plans. If you have a short-term vision that makes you happy, you know, just do that. Worry about the next thing when that time comes. I wasn’t always able to do that, but now that I’m trying to be in the moment, things feel more optimistic.”
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