As a serial entrepreneur, I am used to wearing many hats.
The hats I’m currently wearing include CEO, Anime Village; Chief of Staff, ProBook; Chief Operating Officer, RoboNegotiator; and Managing Partner, Forward Thinking Partners and FTP-Studios.
One hat I donned recently was MBA student in the Kelley Direct program. I pursued an online MBA because of the flexibility to take classes and exams based on my availability. I chose to attend the Kelley Direct program specifically because of the reputation and top-tier quality of the programs and professors.
The Kelley Direct programs and professors proved crucial to my success. I had already started multiple businesses prior to Kelley, but the onsite case challenges, combined with how the program helped me explore additional ways of addressing operational initiatives and strategic planning, inspired me to co-found another business, which I did during my time in the program.
In many ways, I accomplished this because the program showed me I maintained the capacity to learn innovative ways of addressing business challenges. Kelley Direct always ensures case studies are relevant to today’s business issues, and working through these case studies directly helped me think outside of the box.
My success can also be attributed to the Kelley Direct network. Hearing the many different perspectives on how to solve challenges from others in different industries inspired me. The team at Kelley Direct provided network-building plans centered around LinkedIn, and I have and continue to make many excellent connections through the program and alumni.
If you’re an entrepreneur or aspire to be one, Kelley Direct is the place for you. There are many top-shelf students and leaders participating in the Kelley Direct programs – you simply need to participate. So find something that you’re passionate about, build an awesome strategy, and create it. You don’t have to do it all by yourself – find others willing to join you. And most importantly be a doer. Doers get things done while others simply talk and talk.