I think what happens to a lot of people as well is that they go into grad school thinking they want a corporate job or something on Wall Street and then once they’re in the system, they realize it’s not at all what they thought it would be like.
I was one of those people. Went to NYU for my MBA (which in a lot of ways was a great experience, but came with a very hard cost) only to realize that the corporates that were wooing me were not at all the places I actually wanted to work at. I wanted a different lifestyle and started my own company while I was finishing the second year of my full time MBA.
I’d recommend people who think they know exactly why they want to go to grad school to not just look at the system and cost, but be sure they understand what kind of future they want for themselves as well.
It also takes guts to forge your own path outside of a system. If it scares you, that shouldn’t be a disqualifer. It *should* scare you a little. It scared me, but I love my life now.
You don’t want to look back and wish you had believed in yourself more, earlier on. Give yourself the benefit of the doubt.
Thanks Gary. Great piece :)