I came across the following quotation the other day by the American author H Jackson Brown Jr that really resonated with me.
“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Louis Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson and Albert Einstein.”
Before my MBA, life was all about work and I wondered where I would find the time to fit in studying part time. However, once I started, although it was challenging in the beginning, I soon found that working full time during the day and studying part time at night became the new norm.
Through various opportunities and the networking created by the MBA, small victories here and there became addictive, so much so that it now irks me if I don’t take advantage of them. This year it seems that my addiction to achievements has snowballed into all areas of my life so that I now have multiple things consuming my time – work, MBA, personal trainer, international conferences, travelling and blogging.
Chatting to one of my mentors – Dale Simons – we began talking about success and whether it is worth the cost. Certainly tradeoffs and opportunity costs play a role but is success achievable in all facets of life or only a select few? I am currently operating at maximum capacity but I love it so much that my obsession with my MBA spurs me to keep pushing myself.
Next week I am taking an elective – Building Future Markets – with MBA students, from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, who are travelling to South Africa. The course is about how to enter and in many cases actually create, markets in countries that are poised for growth.
The course itself sounds fascinating and relevant but I am just as eager to meet students from such a prestigious school. It was a surprise to me that only 25 per cent of our classmates volunteered for this course, but then again, being part time students and taking annual leave to do this course over and above normal family-work-life-study demands is challenging.
The following week I will be heading to Cologne, Germany to represent my business school at the 15th annual World Business Dialogue. This is a convention where 60 top figures from economy, science and politics engage on issues that will dominate the future, with 300 international students and 300 executives. This year’s topic is consumption – what it entails, how it is measured, how demands are changing for the future and how it impacts on the sustainability of our economy and society.
All in all an exciting and busy month lies ahead. I’m relying heavily on Lucille Ball’s famous quote, “If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it. The more things you do, the more you can do.”
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