I’ve had the privilege of teaching MBA students since 1999. I’ve met both exceptional and abhorrent people over the years. One that I admire as much as anyone I’ve ever met graduated last weekend.
This woman is a single, working mother of a young child with special needs. During the two years I’ve known her, I’ve watched her juggle the demands of her job, child, and coursework with professionalism and grace. I’ve listened to her describe her demands in a matter-of-fact way, but never once heard her complain. She was always positive, always in search of solutions instead of excuses or pity. On top of everything else, she confronted personal health issues and also lost her job. Her response to losing her job was to start her own business.
She had plenty of very legitimate reasons to quit, but she determined to persevere instead.
I think that’s pretty impressive.
If you read this, you’ll know I’m talking about you. I want you to know that in addition to earning your MBA, you also earned my admiration and respect. People like you make the work I do very worthwhile. Thank you.