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Academics and alternatives

People often ask my advice on whether they should pursue additional degrees or education.

Two important questions to ask yourself when considering ANY significant investment of time and resources: 1) What are my intended outcomes? 2) What are alternative ways I could achieve them?

The goals of starting an MBA program may be: knowledge; credibility; networking. One alternative is to work free of charge, shadowing people running a real business and achieve all three outcomes. Of course, you may decide after conducting this thought experiment that an MBA is best for you. 

The wisest people are not the ones with the best answers, they’re the ones with the best questions.

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