Saturday, May 23, 2015

The MBA: Now that it's done...

Just in case you're new to this blog, for the last three years, I've dedicated my life to juggling family, finances, and finishing a Master's of Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing at the University of Michigan, Dearborn campus. The program was 100% online with strong focal points in international business, supply chain operations, digital business, marketing and communications, and remote collaborative models. After all, it was online, right? Made sense; so I went for it!

Well, during this time I changed many jobs, several health insurances, bit my nails at my dwindling bank account, had our baby boy... but, most importantly, I had the support of my endearing, adoring, and perfectly awesome wife. Add that, with the support of family and friends (you included!), I finally graduated with honors this past Sunday, April 26th, 2015.

But, how did I come to this? Who get's a DPT and turns around to head in the direction of business? What were my motivations? What were my take away experiences? And, what are my goals?

PS. I've got a few questions on why my face was all reddish/beat-up, especially that mark on my right eye. "That's normal! LOL...". No. Actually, that was from a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training session earlier in the day. =P

The MBA: Now that it's done...

LOL! So... I (kinda) lied, in that I decided to take out the script. It was just easier to do it this way.

To sum it up, I learned anything from the MBA, I learned that knowledge isn't precisely equal to power. And, while the MBA taught me much knowledge; more interestingly it taught me HOW TO USE IT. That was the greatest challenge in the program was when marketing and strategy professors jumped in on threads to discuss with us, not only the finer details, but some of the out-of-the-box applications one could derive -- truly mind blowing stuff.

I learned a lot of skill sets surrounding numbers, business models, optimization frameworks, and strategic planning... but, all in all, I learned also that the practice of business requires a steady , organized, and intentional discipline in continually becoming better than you were yesterday.

So, what am I going to do now? Well, despite how fun it is serving as a consultant, it's a tough living getting paid case by case -- especially as a single practitioner versus an established firm. You know the saying, "feast or famine." And, when it comes to supporting a family, it can be tough doing it this way. My wife and son deserve more. So, I've been perusing opportunities as well as sifting through the very regular head hunting calls. It's actually crazy how much more frequently I've been head hunted since posting my MBA credential.

Well... I think that's it! Thanks for watching and for sharing in my thoughts and life. I'm looking forward to your feedback as I'm organically figure out this world of Vlogging.

By popular demand, me... and, me.
I'm Ben Fung. And, until next time, I remain yours in service. Take care!

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