If you’re focused and if you can zero in on a goal, you can really get what you’re looking for. Not necessarily on the first try, so stick with it.
Work very, very hard during the next five years. I think the next five years are going to be crucial for the rest of your careers.
This networking thing never goes away, you really have to constantly work on it.
I’ve gotten a lot out of my MBA experience subsequent to my graduation. I think it’s a lifetime experience if you choose to pursue it, and it can become even more meaningful if you do.
Stay involved, stay in touch. I can tell you that the MBA experience doesn’t stop with the two years that you’re up on 116th street.
Any major company in the world, any country, lots of governments… it just doesn’t matter. The Columbia Business School alumni are everywhere. It’s really an amazing thing.
Come here with an open mind but temper that with a strong sense of independent thinking, to the extent that you should be able to understand why you’re following a crowd or why you’re not.
Everyone who comes here is very talented and ambitious and has worked many years in their old jobs, but I think this is a place to break out of what you know and try different things.
My advice to the entering class is one of Dale Carnegie’s mottos: “Live in day-tight compartments.” Don’t worry about yesterday, don’t worry about tomorrow, just focus on today.
Good judgement in business comes from experience, which comes from bad judgement.