My MBA taught me that I need an outlet such as writing or communication with someone I trust (often that’s myself or my good friends) to get the best understanding of myself and the situations I’m presented with. The team-focus in my MBA and all the writing I did for it helped me to see this about myself. I never knew it until my MBA.
It taught me also that I absolutely love reading. I never read for fun until my MBA… it was reading those Harvard Business Review cases that I grew a fond love for reading, ironically. A lot of people laugh at this when I tell them…
They say, “You grew a passion for reading from HBR Articles? — You’re nuts! haha!”
My classes showed me that I am smarter and more reflective than I ever imagined. My self-confidence grew, and I now understand a lot more about myself than I did with my undergraduate degree alone.
I also noticed that I had a lot to contribute to my MBA teams and classes because I typically have ideas and/or input that is different from maybe what everyone else thinks. Or, maybe I am brave enough to say my thoughts whereas others hold in what they feel if it opposes the mainstream thought.
My MBA helped me to find my own voice. Overall, my MBA helped me dramatically with my own personal growth.
And it’s still and will always be a work-in-progress. This I learned from my MBA too… I thought I knew so much more before my MBA.
My MBA humbled me — it taught me to see the endless things that I didn’t know, and that there are infinite things to learn in this world. It was far more than the lessons you learn from a book or being in class. It was a very personal journey.