Many of you know that I've spent the last six
months participating in Seth Godin's Alternative MBA Program.
It's been an incredible experience; one that has changed the way I think
and the course of my life ‚Äì I have met fantastic people, worked on fascinating
projects, contributed to a great blog, and most of all, learned from a master.
I'm incredibly grateful to Seth for the opportunity.
For me, this picture epitomizes the SAMBA experience. Seth, soaking wet after a brief swim in the
Hudson, doesn‚Äôt miss a beat, and continues, paddle in hand, teaching us life and
business lessons. Not reading to us from
a textbook, but rather sharing from his own experiences while creating
experiences for us.
Nothing about SAMBA has been conventional. From the interview
process to the limited edition MacLeod diplomas, Seth made sure this was nothing
like a traditional MBA. For starters, we
spent as much time working on actual businesses as we did talking about
business. We learned that the ability to execute on an idea is much more valuable
than just coming up with an idea. We
learned how to fight the resistance and how to be brave.
And, Seth showed us by his actions what it means to live a truly
So, Clay, Susan, Al, Rebecca, Alex, Ishita, Allan, Emily and of
course Seth, thank you! This has been
amazing. Each of you have a special place in my heart and a place to stay in Colorado
if you ever want to come skiing.
Thank you, Seth, for turning the MBA experience on its head. I,
along with the rest of SAMBA 2009, am eternally grateful.
Illic est haud refragatio – SAMBA 2009