MBA 2.0

Sep 06 2010 Published by under MBA

I’ve been looking forward to this.

At this point I imagine myself somewhat like a performer practicing and preparing for some imaginary audience. This is my first post. I’ve told my wife, my parents and a couple friends at school about Time In. There probably isn’t a large group of people about to read this tomorrow, but I still imagine my words reaching eyes, and I’m definitely writing to a group here. I intend for the content to be top notch and engaging, and I hope you enjoy it.

Let’s go then.

Here’s a thought related to my MBA:

I find that I don’t have much time for television, but I do find a bit of a guilty pleasure in the reality T.V. show, America’s Got Talent. Thank goodness for Hulu. The show displays some absolutely jaw dropping acts. The gist of my interest is that it puts two elements together that I really enjoy: One is the opportunity to see feats, skills and creativity performed at a level above the norm. The second is that the contestants are in an extremely challenging situation where they are going to have to stay very focused to make it to the end. The contestants are each fantastic, but so are a lot of other people around them, and they have to battle through a lot of uncertainty while continuing to practice and sacrifice, and it’s fascinating to me to observe the ones that rise to the challenge.

For example: Jeremy Vanschoonhoven from Talent, OR. He’s a trials bicyclist who decided to make a show combining the challenge of completing his course on stage and also the suspense the audience feels for his well-being. He’s already explained how he’s given up all other distractions to make sure that he was completely focused on practicing for the stunts he performs on the show. As a result, he’s performed stunning acts, and he’s gone to the finals. However, he almost didn’t. In the semifinals, during his rehearsal, he missed a stunt jump from about 10-15 feet up, and crashed badly resulting in a gash to his head, stitches in his elbow and an injury to his hip that made it difficult to stand. He decided to perform anyway. His pain showed during the live show, and he even missed a rather basic trick because his arm pain was making it hard to hang on to his bike. This is where it got awesome. He kept going. If you followed the link, you saw that he jumped his bike all the way to the top of this wild apparatus about 10-15 feet in the air, and then he jumped back down doing the same trick perfectly that he had crashed on so miserably earlier the same day. That was courage. That was also the result of sheer determination and focus and clear unrelenting practice. Now Jeremy isn’t my favorite act (If you’re one of my imagined readers that is actually reading this and wants to know who my favorite is, then ask me in the comments.), but he did stand out tonight as admirable.

I’ll bring this back to the MBA.

Here at school I’m among a multitude (300+ is a multitude when there’s this much talent) of very talented students who are all focused on achieving a significant goal. I can’t imagine that I’m going to go this next two years without “falling” a couple times. I do believe, however, that much of my own personal innovation will happen when I have to “get back up”. Balancing the networking for an internship and balancing my schoolwork is not going to be easy. I’m confident that I can do it, though. I’ve already had the privilege of working in a fantastic team that has significantly improved my own learning ability, and where, against all odds, it appears I might have made a couple helpful contributions myself. This is an uncertain time for a lot of us, but I have no doubt that we are going to be able to do it. We, the students, have already expressed our own confidence in our selves by enrolling, and the faculty has expressed there confidence in us many times as well. At this point, I don’t think that there is much question of whether or not we’re going to make through. The real question is what kind of grace, dignity and determination were are going to exercise throughout the process, and then what the quality of our award will be when we are finished.

To the Class of 2012: Here’s to the next 2 years!

To anybody else interested (imagined audience or otherwise), here’s to making a positive impact wherever we go.



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