A Self-Taught MBA

“To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence.” Mark Twain might be best known for Huckleberry Finn, but somewhere along the way he became a witty philosophical type.  I embrace his concept that success begins with acknowledging ignorance, claiming it, owning it, and finding a solution — with confidence.

Spending a summer hospitalized  afforded many long (and miserable) hours to ponder life and pray through ways to get out of the creative and emotional rut where I had found myself entrenched.  Through conversations with husband, uncle, friend, and mom, I formulated a strategic plan for jump-starting my brain, filling my recovery days, and laying a solid foundation for creative thinking.

Enter: a self-taught MBA.

Don’t get me wrong: I am not minimizing the value of a university-taught Masters of Business Administration.  Instead, my goal was to find a way to channel my self-starter, driven, homeschooled personality into that post-surgeries season of decreased endurance. (And let’s face it:  laying on the couch reading is far more brain-inspiring than watching Netflix through an entire recovery.)

By cross-referencing best-seller lists on Amazon, BusinessInsider, and Forbes, I formulated my syllabus, ordered textbooks, created lesson plans, and started reading.

Okay, okay: I’m a nerd. But!  It worked!!  My brain started planning and dreaming again, my photography is less science and more art, and my business is no longer an onerous burden.

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

Dr. Seuss

I read (or am reading):

  • Good to Great by Jim Collins
  • The Entrepreneur Mind by Kevin D. JOhnson
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  • Business Model You by Tim Clark
  • Engage! by Brian Solis
  • The Personal MBA by Josh Kaufman
  • Made to Stick by Chip Heath and Dan Heath
  • Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni
  • Change your Questions, Change your Life by Marilee Adams

In celebration of #marchofbooks over at KindredGrace.com, let’s read! (Or, at least, finally write/publish the book reports I assigned myself on some of these books. )

What are your favorite business-related books?


P.S. This season of intentional, dedicated learning sparked a renewed interest in going back to school for additional education.  I’m in the process of applying for an MBA program right now — one step at a time, but dreaming dreams and planning big. Even more of a nerd? Why, yes. I believe I am. 😉

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  1. I’ve heard only good things about “The Upside of Down” and “Failing Forward” and “Outliers” =) Also, I have personally gleaned a lot from “Strength Finders” and “Personality Plus”

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