altMBA – It’s Shipping Time


Thirty-One days ago I joined the altMBA class and today it ends.  It started off with a bang and end with a loud KABOOM!

Every week I felt like this gif of Kermit, typing furiously to ship once, twice and keep on shipping, day in and day out.  On top of that, I worked to keep up with all the reading on my plate as well as reading and contributing to others.  I’m not going to lie, it was a lot of work, a lot of great work, and it was so worth it.  I have met some incredible people and learned a great deal along the way – about myself, what I want to do and how to get there.

I could go on and on about the difference concepts we worked through – goal setting, sunk costs, risk analysis, understanding your audience, connected economies, worldviews, etc, etc – and those were all great concepts to put a name to, but what I really got out of it can be boiled down to 3 key concepts.

  1. I have the time to ship, I just wasn’t making it.  The time is there, it’s been my choice not to use it, now it’s my choice to start using it and start shipping and not treat it as a monolithic achievement but almost as a daily affirmation – If you’re going to ship, ship daily.
  2. Resistance is Futile – It’s more than just the many concepts that define this of Lizard Brain, resistance, etc – it’s what we personally fight against the most that stops us all from creating something new and putting it out there for all to display.
  3. Fail and Fail Hard – The absolute best part of the program is the concept 360 degree feedback you get almost daily from your peers and that you give.  There were days when I finished prompts thinking I’d blown it but then it turned out it wasn’t so bad and I just needed to tweak my approach a bit.  Fall down 7 times, stand up 8 – that’s what really counts.

As has been said many times this week in our prompts, SLACK conversations and ZOOM calls – “It’s not the end, it’s the beginning of the next journey”.  If you are interested in learning more about the altMBA program, feel free to message me and/or check out the website, fall classes start… well… in the fall.

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