“Shoot for the moon, even if you miss you’ll land among the stars.” Many believe that this is an overused and somewhat cheesy quote, and perhaps they are right. Yet, it remains as one of my favorites for the truth that is conveyed in it. No one ever found their true potential by aiming for eye level. Feeling the need to explore and push further is what breeds new discovers and capabilities. It is that drive that propelled me into grad school. I would have been fine if I had continued to move forward in my career without pursuing my MBA. There is a good chance that I would have led a successful and hopefully fulfilling career without the added stress of getting a post graduate degree, but that isn’t what I wanted. I have high ambitions for my career, and while a MBA may not be necessary to reach my goals or guarantee success, I believe that it increases the likelihood. I will leave Wayne State with a deeper understanding of the areas of business that I do not regularly operate in and how their functions impact mine. I will have also gained valuable lessons in time management and balancing a career with the demands of life. Finally, I will have accomplished the goal I set for myself when I first graduated from undergrad. I did not choose to rest on my laurels, accept where I was heading as good enough, and forget what I had set out to do. I accepted the challenge head on, knowing that it would be a lot of work and lead to less sleep than I probably should be getting. I know that it will help me become better at what I do and even teach me more about how I can expand my interests and expertise.
Reaching the top is something that I think about everyday, and I am not necessarily talking about the top of the corporate ladder. Yes, that would be nice and I have goals to climb high, but my focus is more on being at the top of my proverbial game. I have an ever present desire to absorb information and utilize it in a way that makes me better, whether that be better at my job or better in that it challenges me to think and evaluate the world around me. This drive comes with some caveats though. In some ways, my desire to do well is a source of stress, something that I have had to work on as I have progressed through work and school. It is very easy to get tunnel vision and become so focused on the end goal that it makes it difficult to unwind and enjoy the ride. I have to remind myself that I do not have to accomplish everything in one day, and that bumps in the road are merely that, bumps. If I have learned anything through my adventures, it is that things do not always go according to plan. Some of my greatest challenges in life have arisen from being thrown a curve ball on a play that seemed straight forward.
As I said, the quote may be a little cheesy and overused, but the message is strong. There is nothing wrong with missing your target, as long as you keep moving forward. Sometimes, the target you were aiming for is only the catalyst that steers you in the direction you were meant to take.
Sleep: 9 Hours woohoo!
Work: 8.5 Hours
Workout: 30 minutes of POP Pilates, 20 minute walk at lunch
Study: 1 Hour plus 3 Hours of class tonight (Project Management)
Soundtrack: Sigala Pandora station