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  • What if I'm afraid I can't do it? - JEREMYCWILSON.COM | JEREMYCWILSON.COM
    idea for the next big startup the next blog post that moves people or the next movement in your community More importantly you will be wiser and stronger no matter what the outcome is Many people in the world shy away from things they are afraid of On the other hand people who get courage and go after the things they are initially afraid are the ones who find change A few people have mentioned that they are nervous they can t finish a 100 day yoga challenge You ll never know if you don t try Please consider joining on 2 1 14 Monday January 13th 2014 Inspiration Leadership No comments yet Leave a comment Name required Mail will not be published required Website Message Sign me up for the newsletter Join the conversation AskJeremy Jeremy C Wilson is a JD MBA alumni using his site to share information on education the social enterprise revolution entrepreneurship and doing things differently Feel free to send along questions or comments as you read EducationMatters Share your education story Thank you Chicago for the nomination Apply to Join MLT Apply to Join NLC Learn about the JD MBA program Please Vote Recent

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  • Inspirational video on never giving up - JEREMYCWILSON.COM | JEREMYCWILSON.COM
    This is great inspiration as we head into our second 100 day yoga challenge starting on 2 1 Stay tuned for a blog being built for the challenge Thanks to my friend Kim Lampaglia for sending me this video this weekend They said I d never walk again Show d THEM Arthur Boorman was a disabled veteran of the Gulf War for 15 years and was told by his doctors that he would never be able to walk on his own ever again Monday January 6th 2014 Inspiration Yoga TAGS inspiration yoga No comments yet Leave a comment Name required Mail will not be published required Website Message Sign me up for the newsletter Join the conversation AskJeremy Jeremy C Wilson is a JD MBA alumni using his site to share information on education the social enterprise revolution entrepreneurship and doing things differently Feel free to send along questions or comments as you read EducationMatters Share your education story Thank you Chicago for the nomination Apply to Join MLT Apply to Join NLC Learn about the JD MBA program Please Vote Recent Posts Please vote A month in at Winston Strawn 365 Days of Yoga What I learned And why

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  • inspiration | JEREMYCWILSON.COM
    this video is because it shows yoga can create change This is great inspiration as we head into our second 100 day yoga challenge starting on 2 1 Stay tuned for a blog being built for the challenge Thanks to my friend Kim Lampaglia for sending me this video this weekend They said I d never walk again Show d THEM Arthur Boorman was a disabled veteran of the Gulf War for 15 years and was told by his doctors that he would never be able to walk on his own ever again Tags inspiration yoga Monday January 6th 2014 Inspiration Yoga No Comments Join the conversation AskJeremy Jeremy C Wilson is a JD MBA alumni using his site to share information on education the social enterprise revolution entrepreneurship and doing things differently Feel free to send along questions or comments as you read EducationMatters Share your education story Thank you Chicago for the nomination Apply to Join MLT Apply to Join NLC Learn about the JD MBA program Please Vote Recent Posts Please vote A month in at Winston Strawn 365 Days of Yoga What I learned And why I kept going Exactly one year ago Seth Godin And

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  • #AskJeremy: Advice on Real Estate Programs and the GMAT - JEREMYCWILSON.COM | JEREMYCWILSON.COM
    Estate finance programs 2 MBA programs despite being a great launching pad can provide challenges as most don t have large real estate programs and you ll have to convince employers real estate firms that you really want to do it 3 The program you choose will determine the test you take 4 If you end up taking the GMAT many people who do well take classes I took Manhattan GMAT as did a number of others I know 5 It s also a good idea to mix resources One thing I did and like to recommend is to use a book from another GMAT company That book will probably ask questions differently than the format of the class you re taking This will make you more prepared for the range of questions styles that could come up 6 Remember to be organized with how you study to understand what parts you need to work on and that all sections are not weighted equally As always let me know if you have any more questions Happy New Year EducationMatters AskJeremy Saturday January 4th 2014 AskJeremy Business School Education 2 Comments to AskJeremy Advice on Real Estate Programs and the GMAT Ezra Brathwaite January 4 2014 Happy New Year Jeremy this is Ezra Thank you very much for the video and typed summary in response to my questions on pursuing a masters degree and GMAT study methods I highly appreciate the answers you provided because it is helping me to refocus my efforts more towards the real estate program and upgrade my study material Thank you very much for the assistance Jeremy AskJeremy Advice on Real Estate Programs and the GMAT January 10 2014 There is a video that cannot be displayed in this feed Visit the blog entry to see

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  • Archive AskJeremy | JEREMYCWILSON.COM
    And try to speak with admissions who will know more than any other source And after that all you can do is use that information to formulate a plan And that plan should be one that makes the most sense for you in terms of fit and interests And in the end no matter what you decide MBA JD MBA or JD application your success will likely hinge on your ability to not only prove you have what it takes to get in intelligence scores experience etc but also on writing the right type of application for each school and in the process evincing why you would be a good addition to the class I hope this helps Best of luck whatever you decide Tuesday July 13th 2010 Admissions AskJeremy Business School Law School 2 Comments AskJeremy Careers Question Undergraduate Major and Path To CEO Becoming CEO of a top company is no easy feat Most of them tout bachelors degrees and MBAs from world class schools are on the board of multiple Fortune 500 and non profit organizations are over networked both in and outside their industries and have long lists of professional credentials and positions that would make just almost anyone envious That s because to get to the top in today s global hyper competitive world it s almost a prerequisite for executives to be on that path early to gain significant training and exposure experience at high performing corporations strong mentor relationships and also a quality business education not only in terms of management but also in the realm of finance And in a recent message from a reader I received a question about just that I recently received a question from an undergraduate student who is currently thinking about what to study as he goes into his junior year of college I responded with a few words which I ve shared below But I ll also note that my answer only scratches the surface as this question is complicated Not only as there are an infinite number of factors that change over the course of a twenty year career but also because interests and career paths change too not to mention ongoing changes in the economy To that end it s impossible to talk about all of them in a single post Hopefully this response will be a good starting point THE ORIGINAL MESSAGE Dear Jeremy First of all I love your blog It s very well written It s informative And it really is relevant Please continue posting especially responses to reader questions So here s my question I m an undergraduate student now at a top 20 school and I eventually want to end up as a CEO or in a position that s similar But I m having trouble figuring out exactly what to study When I look at everyone going into consulting I see people with finance accounting and engineering degrees and the same is true for investment banking But I m also interested in other classes that are less technical like sociology and communications and I m not sure which to choose as I think about going into business At the end of the day I really just want to prepare myself to have the best chances now and going forward Do you have any insights Thank you in advance name Hey name Thanks so much for writing and for taking the time to ready my blog I m glad you re finding the website to be a good source of information I m also always glad to see when I m able to use my experiences to help others in their careers I suspect that many other MBAs and experiences professionals might also be able to chime in on the topic That s especially true in this case where you didn t provide very thorough information in regards to your career interests classes already taken or professional background So for now I ll keep my answer a bit more generic So as you know you ve asked me a pretty tough question In all fairness the answer will never be the same for anyone not even for two people with really similar backgrounds or similar career goals And frankly there may not even be a right answer Interestingly enough I recently had a short phone conversation with a new friend from Chicago Culture or strategy which one is more important in business we asked In a sense because we had pretty different experiences we also had different ideas on how to answer the question She is a rising second year MBA at a peer school outside of Chicago She was an accounting major at a local college in Chicago got a CPA worked at an accounting firm after school and really enjoyed and thrived in the field As for me I was an anthropology major and while I did have some finance experience before coming back to school my role was not a traditional finance job but instead I worked in the consulting field which balanced finance with human capital in addition to other general management issues So as you might suspect our perspectives began in different places which made for an interesting conversation Conventional wisdom suggests that finance is king That company performance is tied to financial metrics and that understanding those is critical to communicate with investors and eventually move the company forward And as you might guess her perspective was more similar to conventional wisdom than mine was She valued her accounting training in undergrad and her post graduate experience and gave her view on the important of that knowledge in CFO level role She was also happy that she didn t get drilled too badly on technical questions in her MBA interviews And that s a a really nice advantage Similarly I ve heard the same story from a few high level leaders over the past few years in my career In an old post last year comparing HBS and Kellogg I wrote about a Bain recruiting event where I heard this from a Senior Manager at the firm He said That finance is the language of business and if you don t know finance and accounting you probably won t get to the top And even if you did you wouldn t survive for too long because you can t speak effectively to the CFO can t compel shareholders to invest and may not understand some of the typical economics cycles of the company My professional mentor and Partner at another large consulting firm agreed as he studied finance accounting and engineering in college On the other hand there is a viewpoint that differs from conventional wisdom Business gurus like Peter Drucker suggest that culture will eat strategy for breakfas t and at the same time Political leaders like Colin Powell say that the best leaders know that communications values are most important to maximize your impact I think the main idea is that cultural factors are important because they have the potential to create divisions in a company and the potential to also create connections which form communities and drive the actions the work in business In a recent interview at a consulting firm my interviewer referenced team culture and referenced the Pittsburgh airport test in choosing new hires at the firm Similarly in his exit interview from HBS a few years ago Dean Kim Clark said the exact same thing That he wished he would have engaged in leadership in his role sooner And that HBS and other schools look for cross cultural leaders first before anything else And that includes technical skills The main lesson I take away is that anthropology and accounting culture and strategy are both important 1 Without culture you won t make people feel valued and enjoy their environment and they ll be naturally less productive and committed to their work 2 On the other hand without finance you won t always be able to understand the most important business issues and won t be able to execute a strategy that drives a company forward to operate in today s complex finance based business culture And perhaps without both companies will never be able to compete at the highest level But when a company does excel at both they position themselves not only to grow but also to beat the markets and have broader impact over time To that end maybe we shouldn t have to decide Maybe culture and strategy can and should work together to produce results After all isn t this what the CEO does focus on both Similarly doesn t the CEO work side by side with the CFO to understand the financial heath of the company and with HR to architect the organizational culture of the firm Further isn t HR tasked with the interest role of balancing quantitative finance and compensation studies alongside culture and change implementations To relate this back to your question for you this means there may not be a single major that makes or breaks your path to the C seat And in fact for some people major may not prove to be very important at all depending on what field they go into For some the answer may be more dependant on context than anything else The context of your current background the classes you ve already taken and will take what your classmates decide to study and what your target employers like and look for And all of that needs to be taken into account in the context of the current economy and your propensity for risk if you re not sure how some employers might look at your profile In the short run though sometimes the major you choose CAN be very important for recruiting especially in a sluggish economy and especially if you really want to go into certain industries where majors are prerequisites such as accounting computer engineering etc In these cases a major is not only a good way to show demonstrated interest but also a way to show you have what it takes to do the work On the other hand I personally think that passion and interest are also important because it s likely you ll study harder if you have a natural interest in the subject and in the end its also likely you ll do better see my recent post on passion One thing some people like to do is hedge their bets study both Majors today are more interdisciplinary than ever and most schools allow double and even triple majors So it might make sense to do something like that and get as much experience as possible On the other hand it s likely that hedging will take away time from you to pursue your passion and interests In the end it s a trade off only you can make and that only you should decide But also in the end my view is that Culture and Strategy Anthropology and Accounting are both important and make a good team I m looking forward to my next discussion Good luck PS By the way the Kim Clark exit interview from HBS former Dean of school above is a great interview on leadership I recommend that you make the time to watch it Especially the final few minutes on what good leaders do Tags Careers Monday May 17th 2010 AskJeremy Careers 12 Comments AskJeremy Applicant Question Taking The GMAT Multiple Times In a recent message from one of my readers I was asked for a bit of advice about the GMAT My usual first piece of advice to GMAT questions is to remember that it s one part of your application and will almost never bar you from admission and that you should be careful aiming for a higher score if it comes at the expense of other pieces of your application However unlike most applicants with GMAT questions this reader has already made it to the promise land and scored above a 700 His concern is that took four attempts and a few bad testing incidents to get there Check out my response to the question below MESSAGE FROM MY READER Hello Jeremy Your blog s really nice Very informative I interviewed with Kellogg on campus yesterday for the jd mba program It was a wonderful experience visiting both the Evanston campus and the Chicago downtown campus great views from the library there I work on Wall Street for a prominent Investment Bank Bank Holding Company now as a front office quant The JD MBA program at Kellogg is my first choice My application is under review by the ad com now however I was quite keen on understanding a few things about how Kellogg considers multiple GMAT attempts I had to take the GMAT 4 times to crack the 700 barrier Although unfortunate a couple of times I had to file incidence reports with GMAC because of bad testing environment with other co test takers shouting out numbers in their math section while i was doing my RC in the verbal etc I cant possibly give those as reasons for my below par performances I am proud of my perseverance toward cracking the 700 barrier however Kellogg clearly says that they consider the best score if the latest and the best score are equal Is this really true Does the number of GMAT attempts weigh down an application heavily Thanks MY RESPONSE TO MY READER Dear Reader thanks for writing in with your question about Kellogg and for reading my blog I m glad you enjoy the site First off congratulations on finishing your Kellogg interview It can definitely be a nervous part of the process for a lot of candidates It sounds like yours went well which is good news Also you re absolutely correct about our library The views from that side of the building are pretty amazing and they can be quite distracting in the fall and spring if you study by the windows which can be a good or a bad thing And finally I m glad Kellogg is your first choice and I hope you were that enthusiastic when you completed your application My opinion is that the JD MBA program does their best not only to select top tier applicants but also those who demonstrate that they really want to come While this is clearly not always so easy to predict I suspect that the best applicants are able to convey this message pretty clearly Now to your email First I think this is a really good question and it s one that I also thought about back when I first considered applying to b school It s funny but like you I quickly noticed that generally some programs don t clearly state their policies online some seemed to exclude them while others made me search every possible link to find it Off hand I don t know where Kellogg fits into this sphere and perhaps they may list it openly on the site But I wonder if not focusing on this fact is actually a good thing because it keeps students from worrying too much about the logistics and instead allows them to focus on achieving their target scores and giving their best efforts That said I still don t really know why the schools have decided to go about it this way Perhaps it was not purposeful But from experience I suspect that you may not need to worry too much about it I think the fact that GMAC allows you to take the GMAT up to 5 times per calendar year and that MBA programs don t object suggests that you re chances of admission will not significantly change I ve met admits from other top MBA programs who have taken five tests Also the fact that GMAC sends the past three tests scores and not just one in my opinion seems to be more correlated to the fact that schools may want to see scoring trends over time and changes in performance I ve actually asked admissions reps about this before and most will concede to looking for positive trends from candidates though I ve never heard anyone mention seeking out negative trends And third the average GMAT score published by online by MBA programs in my experience reflects each person s highest score across the entering class not each admits average score This suggests that schools may place more importance at least in terms of public perception on the highest scores What does all this mean It s hard to say for certain but I think it reflects both admissions desire to see upward progression on the test and their significantly stronger desire to see your highest score And in my opinion the only time that taking multiple tests really comes into play for those who improved is for candidates with mid range scores or with borderline applications Then the committee might look for upward score progression or look at quantitative and verbal score combinations over time to see if you perhaps had a string of bad days in one section to see if you re a hard worker or to find other in consistencies in the application For example if there were two candidates for admission where one that had a change in GMAT score from 600 to 640 and the second who scored a had 600 then I suspect that the extra effort would be applauded Conversely if you have to take it twice to hit 600 just to apply with the same score as the other applicant then while you might guess that the second person would look better it s also possible that the committee may admire your persistence rather than think negatively of your profile It s hard to predict what anyone might say for certain but I can t

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  • Forget the Resolutions. What's Your Wildly Important Goal? - JEREMYCWILSON.COM | JEREMYCWILSON.COM
    Hawan Erica talked about how great leaders of our time know how tofocus on what matters most She gave the example of Jim Collins who rejected what seemed like great career moves to go back to his hometown Boulder Colorado and work on the sole question of what makes great companies tick and on his books In the end he came up with a few masterpieces that we ve all heard of Good to Great Great By Choice How the Mighty Fall and Why Some Companies Never Give In In the same spirit I propose that it s more important to identify game changing goals than to set resolutions where there aren t any real consequences for not achieving them Where there s no real skin in the game So find those game changing goals and pursue those relentlessly Move the other things to the side and put a stake in the ground Whether it s admissions to your top school Finding a new job Winning a competitive fellowship Starting a new company Or getting involved in that game changing nonprofit And so that s my challenge for you for 2012 Clear the clutter of resolutions Think about what matters most Write down your Wildly Important Goals Draw out your plan and figure out how to make it happen Because in the end the best leaders know that it s important to not only make goals but also to make goals that are achievable and that you re wildly passionate about Good luck Sunday January 1st 2012 Business School Careers 3 Comments to Forget the Resolutions What s Your Wildly Important Goal MBA Arun January 4 2012 I like your use of the Wildly Important Goal Very inspirational Thank you for writing this Jeremy C Wilson January 6 2012 MBA

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  • Persistence - JEREMYCWILSON.COM | JEREMYCWILSON.COM
    it might be the hardest thing you could ever do But sometimes you have to do it Especially if you believe in the work that you are doing Persistence is what happens when you have a goal you believe in and you do everything you can to make it work To prove to the naysayers that they were wrong I have persistence right now What about you If not maybe this video will inspire you Saturday March 10th 2012 Careers No comments yet Leave a comment Name required Mail will not be published required Website Message Sign me up for the newsletter Join the conversation AskJeremy Jeremy C Wilson is a JD MBA alumni using his site to share information on education the social enterprise revolution entrepreneurship and doing things differently Feel free to send along questions or comments as you read EducationMatters Share your education story Thank you Chicago for the nomination Apply to Join MLT Apply to Join NLC Learn about the JD MBA program Please Vote Recent Posts Please vote A month in at Winston Strawn 365 Days of Yoga What I learned And why I kept going Exactly one year ago Seth Godin And working on

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  • One in a million - JEREMYCWILSON.COM | JEREMYCWILSON.COM
    multiple soul mates are out there not just one Further it s dangerous to put all your eggs in one basket You might get nervous when game time comes have trouble performing and miss out on other opportunities all because you thought there was only was that was meant for you In the end the consistent and extremely focused pursuit of a specific goal is dangerous It makes sense when the work you do will also prepare you to succeed in other outcomes So if you re taking steps to become a CEO and your school practice and skill helps you become a great entrepreneur or Managing Partner then perfect On the other hand if you ou put all your eggs in one basket and live a life in relentless pursuit of a singular outcome that leaves you no other options if you fail then maybe you should think twice If your happiness depends on just one NBA draft five years from now then that s giving a whole lot of power to a single event not in your control On the other hand I believe that some things are worth going after jobs schools careers and significant others So I propose that the closer you are to having a One in a Million the more you have to stack the deck more and make the game shorter Wednesday August 29th 2012 Business School TAGS Careers No comments yet Leave a comment Name required Mail will not be published required Website Message Sign me up for the newsletter Join the conversation AskJeremy Jeremy C Wilson is a JD MBA alumni using his site to share information on education the social enterprise revolution entrepreneurship and doing things differently Feel free to send along questions or comments as you read EducationMatters Share

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