On December 1st I read a blog post entitled, “If you could change your life…would you?“, by Seth Godin. In the post Seth linked to a web page he’d created for an Alternative MBA program he would be running at his office starting on January 19th, 2009. Although it looked intriguing, since it was in New York, I didn’t think much about it. A few days later it came up again in conversation with a friend of mine. This time I couldn’t get away from it. After talking with Amy, our friends and family I decided to apply. The day after I submitted my application I received an invitation from Seth to come to New York for an interview, so I hopped on a plane and flew to the Big Apple. While flying home from my interview I received an email from Seth saying that I was one of a small group of people that had been accepted into the program…that was a little over a week ago.
So, now I’m busy preparing for an amazing six month adventure. Amy and I have decided that she’ll stay at our home in Colorado with the kids, surrounded by our incredible community of friends. I’ll be commuting back and forth, spending the weekends at home, and the weekdays in New York.
We’re very aware that Amy is getting the hard end of this deal…and there’s no way I’d be doing this without her 100% support. In fact, there’s no way any of this would be possible without the amazing support and generosity of our families, friends and clients. It’s been humbling to watch as people step forward to offer different types of help and support, without which this couldn’t happen. We don’t have everything we need in place yet, but I know by the 19th we will.
I’ll do my best to use this blog to keep everyone updated as the program progresses, although all of us (including Seth) have signed an NDA agreeing not to share any details of the program without the express permission of everyone else in the group. It’ll be interesting to see how that plays out as all of us are bloggers.
I realize I’m pretty lucky to have been offered this opportunity and I’m very thankful to all our friends who are helping make this possible.
P.S. On a practical note, I’m still looking for a room to rent. Ideally it would be close to Seth’s office in Hastings on Hudson, NY. Somewhere on the Hudson line could work as well. If you’ve got any ideas, please drop me a note.