This is probably the most exciting part of 2009: my first vacation after completing an MBA! We actually just finished our last paper this week and it was quite painful. We are celebrating my daughter’s birthday tomorrow, packing for our road trip (we leave on Sunday morning) and I spent Monday night on a boat with clients/friends… I had to find the courage to cut into my few hours of sleep to finish this darn paper on top of that…
For those who think of doing an MBA, I have one thing to say: be prepared to pay the price. In all honesty, this wasn’t the most difficult academic program I have followed. It was actually quite easy to achieve good results. It didn’t necessarily require a lot of brain power either, for the most part (I can only imagine these posts being read by a few of my classmates …. Some of them are smiling,,others are cursing 😉 ).
Doing a MBA is like running a Marathon
While I have never run a marathon (I’m still not in such good shape 😉 ), I think we can make at least one comparison: the need for endurance. Running a marathon doesn’t require you to be the fastest runner or best sprinter. It requires that you be the model of perseverance and work ethic in order to train regularly and achieve a long term goal.
Well doing an MBA is very similar. It doesn’t require you be the smartest cookie of all. There are so many different fields of study (human resources, psychology, productivity, finance, marketing, accounting, etc.), you can’t just be the best in each of them. However, during 2 years, you have a steady flow of work to accomplish, day after day, week after week, month after month. If you stop and take a break, the amount of work will simply pile up until you get going again. This becomes quite discouraging at some point; there is no rest for the wicked.
The hardest part is the last 6 months. As you can see the finish line and are almost done, you realize how much it cost to complete your MBA. You have to sacrifice family time, meet your friends quarterly, you can’t work as hard at work and get the bonus otherwise achieved and you become terribly tired. These are the real costs of doing an MBA full time while working.
Some may say I didn’t help myself since I have started a company and switched careers at the same time. Well, I must admit that you are right! However, I am getting quite close to where I wanted to be at the age of 30 and I still have 2 more years to realize my goals. It’s all a matter of be willing to pay the price or not.
But beware; the price might be higher than you thought! I have seen people losing their family over the MBA or disconnecting completely from their friends. Remember, the one you love and friendships are something too valuable to lose for a piece of paper with 3 letters on it. Just be careful when entering this program 😉
So now that I am packing up and taking my first real vacation in the past 2 years, I can finally rest ;-D I have some great guest posts for next week so you won’t be missing me too much 😉
Enjoy your summer and I’ll be back shortly!
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