Just like one time when Michael Dell made a speech in a top b-school
an Indian MBA student asked him: “You already made that much money, why don’t you just retire, buy a boat and sail somewhere in the world?”
Michael Dell replied him: “Sail a boat is boring. Do you have any idea about how much fun to run a multi-billion company?”
The hardest thing to manage in the world is not machine or any kind of product marketing, but people.
Management is actually teaching the toughest skills called soft skills
Such as communication skills, interpersonal skills, management skills like corporate governance, market strategy, human resources, and the toughest one, leadership.
These soft skills are much harder to learn than hard skills since they take your humanity and soul to grow them.
For the reason why those top schools, especially HBS, admit a bunch of management consultants
because consulting jobs generally require more advanced analytical and strategic mindset to indentify multiple problems in very short time on industrial scale
and generally have more intense training and involvement on corporate strategy planning, as well as organizational management
it also takes seasoned maturity and more well-rounded personality to intensely communicate with multiple parties externally and internally
while at the mean time, diverse cases will inspire creativity or even cross-cultural sensitivity
But when you see those successful essays from the book “65 Successful HBS Application Essays”
you’ll see all different types of people from a wide array of careers
marketing directors, supply chain managers, fresh-graduated students, dancers, soldiers, bankers, entrepreneurs, actors, non-profit social workers, sales…you name it!
there’s no certain favorite job category the schools really prefer
but it’s about our commitment to constantly grow from our yesterday
people may wonder why these incredible achievers who earns tons of money
still try to get into best b-schools and work as a not-so-impressive title like Associate afterward,
the reason is the same as what Michael Dell said
when you possess such advanced analytical and strategic skills
and can deal with most sophisticated business problems in the world
it’s an unbelievable fulfillment, especially it’s a career preparation for executive career path in future
while the b-school trainings open their gate to reach the executive world
Just like Will Smith once shared in an interview for the movie “7 Pounds”
the world is made by people, and how people survive in this world is about contribute to each other, and be fed by each other
why the city is formed, why we need each other
it’s all about helping each other, and it’s called business, even non-profit or social events
it’s all for survival, and all for a meaningful life