Mid Way Through MBA Program

Tomorrow Is A Brand New Day
Tomorrow Is A Brand New Day

Master’s Degree in Business Administration, or MBA.

A highly coveted degree.

A resume builder.

A differentiator.

A few years of intense study, expense and sacrifice.

I know it well, and have just passed the half-way mark.

Soon, I’ll share a few highlights from the midterm report card.

What’s the best thing that ever happened to you because of your MBA degree?

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By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. This is the first I recall hearing about this.

    So, dad, husband, professional speaker for Fortune 100 company, the Internet’s only 5-a-day blogger, follower of Christ, runner, . . . did I leave anything out? I’m almost positive I have.

    Congrats on reaching this milestone!

  2. Yeah David, you left out professional antagonist, aggressively unfancy and the whole piece about beginner’s luck… 🙂

    Anyway, yes, I’m deep into my 3-year Internet MBA.

    I’m investing serious effort to write about balance and wellness seven days a week, hoping to encourage others to invest 4-7 minutes each day to read (seven days a week).

    I can not imagine not praying daily, even for a few minutes.

    There are too many choices. My calling is to be a sort of reality blogger.

    Readers get to follow along on the journey of a simple, common man transforming himself into a role-model for his son.

  3. I too had no idea you were getting your MBA. You know that I’m finishing this December and I’ve found it to be a great experience. Like anything else you get out of it what you put into it.

    The greatest thing I’ve gotten out of my MBA? Wonderful friendships with classmates, new interests and passions, and a new way to look at the world of business (and life!).

  4. Jeff, yes, we reap what we sow. Can you summarize the new way you look at business? This fascinates and intrigues me to no end, as it does with many others. Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Sorry, just visited again and saw your post. For me the revelations were all centered around relationships and how they can be the main catalyst for growth.

    Engaging your customers in the creation, marketing, and development of products and/or services is a great way to start. Relationships between management/leadership and other employees is just as important, if not more so. Most business problems can be traced back to leadership and some breakdown of communication or a relationship.

    This is a new world we’re living in where everyone is easily connected. Businesses that leverage those connections (and not take advantage of them) are the ones that will have the most engaged customers.

    Thanks to technology, customers now have more information–and therefore more power in the marketplace. If they don’t like the way you do business they’ll go elsewhere and they’ll tell everyone about it. That means that you need to cultivate relationships and treat them carefully because if you don’t it won’t be long before your customers are gone.

  6. Jeff, (gulp) I’ve inadvertently overlooked your comment and missed the 24-hour response “commitment”. Better late than never. 🙂

    Appreciate your thoughts on an MBA’s value. There has been much (“heated”, “controversial”) debate over it’s ROI.

    Traditionally, it’s a (very nice, framed) piece of paper that acknowledges the recipient’s extraordinary hard work and sacrifice.

    What I am searching for is the monetary payoff. How has a person’s financial situation dramatically changed as a result of adding MBA after their name.

    For example, my 3-year MBA programs requires that I launch a profitable business. A profit means you pass. No profit means you fail. A classic business proposition of all or nothing.

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