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Tomorrow never knows …UPDATED

When I wrote this original post exactly nine months ago I had no idea how things would work out and more than a little self-doubt. I was still depressed and struggling to come to terms with my five dings in 2013/14.

In many ways 30 June 2014 was the low point for me, when I realised that my dream was put on hold and I had a long climb to get on top of things. Was it worth the effort? What if it didn’t pay off? Why on earth did I decide to write a blog so everyone could witness my challenges and potential shortcomings!?

Well, today I’ve finally resigned from my job to start my journey to the U.S. to study my MBA! I’ve no idea how many more weeks I’ll be asked to work but this chapter of my life is now coming to an end – I’m dead excited at the prospect of attending MIT Sloan in the fall!

As well as those of you who will be joining me in a few months’ time, I know a lot of you who got disappointing news from your dream b schools this season and won’t be coming on this journey …yet.

I’d like to give you some feedback and hope in this process: it’s more than a little random; it doesn’t always make sense; it’s nothing to do with you as a person; and, most importantly, disappointments today can be overcome with victories tomorrow if you want it enough. And those victories taste all the sweeter for the struggle 😉

We’ve all learned a lot from the application process – it’s a unique opportunity to really consider your potential and future career/life path. Strangely, after I was dinged by Stanford GSB, the words of their Dean of Admissions helped keep things in perspective: ‘Have confidence in what you have achieved. Be faithful to your passions. Trust in what you aspire to accomplish.’

Congrats to everyone who got the admit they hoped for, best of luck to everyone still waiting to hear from their dream b school, and I hope the above is helpful to anyone still considering their options. Anything is possible!


8 thoughts on “Tomorrow never knows …UPDATED

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  2. I liked the part “it’s more than a little random; it doesn’t always make sense; it’s nothing to do with you as a person; and, most importantly, disappointments today can be overcome with victories tomorrow if you want it enough.” I was not there with a ding but I can feel it. Much needed for those who want to restart from bottom and get to the top with admission letter in their hands. Thanks for these wonderful words. And all the best for your next important part of life.

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  3. I’m definitely going to take you up on that. Hopefully before you begin your MBA because I’m sure you will have no time to spare then! I think for me, the most valuable thing I gain will be an extra year of work experience. I’ve realized that having just two years of work experience at the time of matriculation is probably what hurt my application the most. With three years and a solid career goal in mind, I should be in a much better position next time around 🙂

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  4. I know I definitely needed to see this! Thanks for sharing TopDog… I’m currently in your shoes from last year and nearly in the exact state of mind. Although I wouldn’t say I’m depressed, I’ve definitely had some moments of self doubt. It isn’t the end of the world for me and there’s always next year. Seeing how well it worked out for you gives me hope! And so, it goes.

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    • Well, you have a good head start on the competition: you’ve done your research, nailed the GMAT and can start a targeted campaign with a fresh mind during the summer.

      Ping me if you’d like to discuss anything. This process can be quite difficult to explain to anyone who’s not been through it themselves 🙂


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