It’s time to read a letter

  Can you believe it’s only been a week since the UW Foster MBA program officially started?  Remember how awesome it was to not have any more 8-hour days in Jumpstart?

Well, we’ve happily replaced all that with the crush of homework, reading, and team projects.  Some days you have your choice of 4 lunchtime events, and if you planned ahead and started optimizing your time, you won’t feel as much stress about missing out.

Even with all these systems in place, it’s easy to get lost in the coursework and career management activities that you should be doing.  It’s really easy to make the decision to go home and study instead of attending that happy hour or leveraging other on-campus resources like career management.  But is that what you wanted out of this program?

Now is the perfect time to read that letter that was passed down from Stanford GSB for the past 20 years.  You can click on the image below to read the full version, but I know you’re a busy MBA student so here’s the skinny:

  “By now you may have discovered that the volume of work is enormous.  There just isn’t enough time to get all the work done.  But no one said you should!  Most of us come in here as perfectionists and feel very uncomfortable doing a so-so job on anything.  The sooner you give up this habit, the happier you will be.  You can spend your hour on carefully reading an article.  Or, you can spend it on skimming five articles.  Or, you can spend it on skimming three articles and getting to know a classmate a little better in the spare time.  I tried all three of these methods but my own preference is for the latter.”   

  “After a while, people gravitate towards those they feel most comfortable with, typically those they are most similar to.  Ironically, these are the very friends who will stimulate the least amount of learning and growth.  They will only tend to reinforce who we already are.”

  “…I urge you to resist categorizing yourselves in the ‘out’ category.  There seems to be no mainstream life or group…There are many different groups.  Some may seem more vocal or visible, but they are a minority.  If you feel comfortable with 5 or 6 people, consider yourself ‘in.'” 

  “No one on his/her deathbed has been known to say, ‘I wish I had calculated a few more NPVs.’ Some have been known to wish they had taken a few more chances, loved a few more people, touched a few more lives, fought for a few more causes, caused a few more smiles.”  – Shirzad Bozorgchami

Click the image below for the full letter!

Read and heed!

  I look forward to seeing you out there!