Let's Go Sailing #altMBA

This was originally published on the altMBA site.

Hello future altMBAer. If you like adventures like me, then altMBA fits that description. It’s quite the voyage for 30 days! You definitely will need a lot of endurance. And be prepared to give it your all like on a sailboat when the wind is really strong and keeps changing directions. This is hard work. Really hard work that challenges you physically and mentally.

Each week we were given three assignments with specific due dates. Oh boy, the anticipation each Monday morning…what are we going to tackle this week? Which direction will the wind be coming from?

You will learn to like Slack as a great way to communicate with your cohorts, it’s quite addicting actually. And get comfortable with WordPress. You will be doing a lot of writing. Doesn’t matter if the writing is perfect, just ship it. We were all so proud when we completed a project and would announce on Slack… “I shipped it!”

I learned to frame my decisions better, taking into consideration what’s important or not; and not be so reactionary in the process. Go deep with your analysis, not just look at the superficial stuff. And I learned that it’s okay to not be perfect.

Most important, don’t compare yourself to others either. You are unique and important just like everyone else. Listening to different perspectives is critical for growth. I received more compassion from my cohorts this past month than in any other learning environment. It was contagious.

Seth Godin and his team built a sailboat. Each of us have an important role in moving this altMBA ship forward no matter the wind direction we encounter.

I’ve got my spinnaker out because the wind is behind me for now. I am better prepared to handle the next shift and adjustment of my sails.

So glad I made this journey.


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