More Than Money: Questions Every MBA Needs to Answer: Redefining Risk and Reward for a Life of Purpose
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Absolutely--if you recognize that what you thought were your safest career choices actually may be your riskiest. How so? Your safest choices keep you on your destiny path; your riskiest ones take you away from it.
How do you know? ""More Than Money"" offers four questions and twelve principles to keep you on your path and tools to help you measure where you are and what you need to do to fulfill your destiny.
where you’ll end up. It’s much easier to make small adjustments than to reroute your entire path (though it can be done). Your foundation and starting point are based on discovering who you are and what you want—your value and values that come from deep inside. You need to fight being defi ned by what you do and fi rst and foremost discover who you are, what you stand for, and what you believe in. Otherwise you risk being stuck in a career you never really wanted. Your guide is your passion. It’s
business magazines, one success after another. The implied values reinforce your school experience. At a fi ft h or tenth reunion, you’ll see posturing that reinforces the success story. Being clear on what you really want is tough, particularly for high-powered MBAs. It’s important to remain connected to who you are and your inner needs that may have been drowned out by the noise of business school. An “I Want” List from Youth As I’ve said, what we really want is to be loved and respected, to
and expectations, so that deviations from your prearranged script are difficult at best. How you turn your values into value depends on how you like to spend your time and use your strengths to support your passion and your ability to serve. To understand how to add value, it helps to ask questions about how you like to work and work best, for example: Do I like to work by myself or with others? Do I like a fast-paced environment? Do I like to persuade people or offer a balanced point of view?
That bald spot of yours has really grown.” Harvard or not, these relationships help you through life and give you the strength to let life’s intangibles trump the tangibles. The more experience you have walking, the easier it gets as the risks seem smaller. As Kenny Moore, a former monk and currently the corporate ombudsman at the energy giant National Grid, said after running a company funeral to simulate the effect of deregulation on the company, “What did I have to lose? Not much. Just the
that you’re each inspired by loft y goals and their challenges. Bringing them into the heart of each company and the soul of every career gives meaning to your lives. Along the way, a lot of good can be done. Your destiny plan, therefore, should include smaller, achievable shortterm goals that keep you on track and measure your impact, even if your ultimate goal is never achieved. Achievements, however small, should be seen as opportunities for small celebrations to keep the joy and feeling of