Is it too early in the season for a Success Story? We think not.
This is posted by permission – this is what a Brave Supplicant wrote to us in response to getting feedback on their essay ideas (where we basically said “nope, nope, nope” to how they were talking about their plans to start a company, after having also given feedback in the springtime on a prior unsuccessful app):
Your feedback is spot on. Thank you – it is extremely comprehensive and makes sense.
The biggest return I have received from months of communication with you has been:
1) clarity on what I REALLY want to do – while I do not have a detailed business plan, I am super clear that I do not want to muck around in the corp world for the next few years. PS: Confession – I have spent more time on concept/business plan generation than on essays… which brings me to #2.
2)To not BS: I have been having a challenging time convincing MYSELF that I NEED an MBA. Will it add value to achieving my goals, will I learn and build new relationships? No doubt.
Do I really need it to accomplish my goal of creating a start-up? No. I am very convinced that being a creator and getting started NOW is the right thing to do. So convinced, that I have given my 3 month notice. A huge challenge awaits, but I am committed to make this work.
Your advice has been of tremendous value to my reflective process over the past few months… so THANK YOU for being not a consultant, but a mentor and coach… one that always knew of when to challenge, and when to foster.
That’s one awesome response to the feedback!!
Because it’s true: The MBA is a means to an end. People often lose sight of this when they get enamored of the idea of those three little letters after their name, but the MBA is supposed to be a tool. An accelerator. An opportunity-maker? Well…. it really shouldn’t be. If you’re the type of driven and motivated self-starter who’s going to be able to make the most of the bschool experience, then you probably will get just as far in life WITHOUT the bschool experience. That’s not to say that bschool is not worth anything.
But for someone who’s thinking of going to bschool in order to start a company… well, we think there might be quicker (and definitely less expensive!) ways to get to that goal.
We cover all of this in our Career Goals Research Starting Point Guide on Entrepreneurship, by the way – yes that title is a mouthful because we’re trying to signal that the information contained within is a place to begin with crafting a set of entrepreneurial goals for bschool. If that’s what you’re planning on doing, it needs to be handled very carefully – and if you submit those goals to EssaySnark, you can bet that we’ll try to poke holes in them. We’ve talked about it plenty ‘o times (2013) here on the blahg (2012) and oh yeah here too (2011).
Starting a company is not a trivial matter.
Starting a company when you’re $200k in the hole because you just went and got an expensive MBA first is not what everyone would see as an advantage.
This BSer came to the realization that he was ready to go pursue his dreams NOW – and he didn’t need to wait for permission. He didn’t need to wait for the cozy supportive ra-ra ecosystem of bschool to get started. He is going to go do it, and maybe it’ll be the School of Hard Knocks instead of the School of Management (or wherever) that teaches him but he’s going to do it!
Love the attitude. Very very cool.
We are seriously looking forward to seeing this guy’s name in the Wall Street Journal someday.
Good luck to you, former BSer – wherever this adventure called Life takes you! We’re certain there will be success associated.
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