Admission decisions are due next week and like a lot of people, I’m holding my breath. But I feel the need to put this out here. Hopefully, it will help someone put things in perspective.
We are all great people doing something very wonderful with our lives. We have dreams and goals and things we want to do. Going to business school is NOT the goal, it has never being. The process is so consuming that it becomes easy to lose sight of our goal and focus on something else. Business school is a step towards achieving the goal.
My goal is start a business that will feed people, create jobs and change lives. Getting into business school will make it easier for me to get the three things I need to be able to startup. BUT that is not the only way to get them. The soft skills, knowledge, experience and bla bla bla that I need to advance my career/ start my business/ change career paths are all available through other means. Yes, it will be that much more difficult to get them without that blazing MBA degree and all that accompanies it but they can be gotten through other means. These are my thoughts:
My MBA is not my goal, it is a tool of trade. Like the hoe that the farmer takes to the farm, it is not my harvest.
My MBA is not my dream, it is a rung on the ladder I chose, I can jump the rung or pick another ladder.
My MBA does not determine my worth. Neither does it determine the worth of my dreams. If you doubt me ask Jack Ma where he got his MBA from.
I’m not better or worse than those that got in. I am different and as long as I stay true to me, I will go ahead and do things that only I can do.
I’m not underqualified for my dreams, I’m adequately qualified and uniquely differentiated.
I’m not unreasonable in my expectations, I aimed for the sun, missing it, I’ll settle for the moon or the stars or the clouds but I’m still above the treetop.
This is not the end but a bend, the road has taken a turn I did not foresee but I’ll see it to the very end.
This is the start of a great ne journey that will take me places I never dreamed.
This is an amazing time for me to reflect on my true goals and my motivation for pursuing those goals.
My MBA is this easiest way for me to get to my goals but who said life was supposed to be easy?
Today, I am a Nigerian girl with big dreams.
Tomorrow, I will be whatever I want to be.
Nobody WILL stop me. Nobody CAN stop me.
I hope I don’t need to remember this (especially since business school was not my original plan A). But if I do, I will be OK – eventually, after a few days of crying. I may even be better off. And so will you. So chin up 🙂