Are you currently or considering studying an MBA Degree but worried about the sacrifices you are going to have to make in order to attain your next level of career advancement?
Studying and completing an MBA has many significant benefits and rewards. However, an MBA also has significant challenges, namely the cost and risk of wasting financial resources if you are unable to complete the program, neglecting your family or social life, less time and increased stress.
In fact in a recent survey conducted by MBAConnect and Finweek of 10000 MBA students and graduates found that:
- 44% of respondents reported a somewhat negative to very negative impact on their marriage
- 42% of respondents reported a somewhat negative to very negative impact on their sex life
- 59% of respondents reported a somewhat negative to very negative impact on their relationships with their friends and family
- 81% of respondents reported a somewhat negative to very negative impact on their stress levels
- 36% of respondents reported a somewhat negative to very negative impact on their health
- 48% of respondents reported a somewhat negative to very negative impact on their diet
- 58% of respondents reported a somewhat negative to very negative impact on their exercise levels
- 82% of respondents reported a somewhat negative to very negative impact on their sleep
However, in the same survey respondents also reported that studying or completing their MBAs had significant benefits in terms of networking, gains in business knowledge, career opportunities and financial reward.
So how do you attain the benefits of an MBA without sacrificing the things that are important to you?
Any new challenge or burden that is not accompanied by an equal and opposite support is going to lead to stress. Imagine a bridge designed to support 10 people at a single time, now imagine the load on this bridge being tripled or quadrupled. If no added support is put in place the burden placed on the bridge will lead to a weakening of the structure and eventual collapse.
When stress exceeds the amount of support your structure collapses. Athletes go through the same dilemma, if they do not compensate extra strain and tension through diet or rest, the continuous stress placed on the body will lead to injury.
One way to handle the potential new stress levels that accompany doing an MBA would be to pre-empt the additional stress by strengthening your support structure before you start your MBA.
Inefficient Reading Techniques that Limit Your Reading Speed
A large part component of completing an MBA involves reading through masses of literature, case studies, journal articles and past exam papers. Obviously being able to get through all this reading material in less time will dramatically lighten the burden.
The first step towards lightening this burden is the realisation that the way you read today is highly inefficient. No time or effort has been dedicated to the way you read and process that information since you were 7 years old.
When you started reading you were taught to read one letter at a time, soon after you progressed onto reading at one a syllable at a time. By the age 7 you progressed onto reading an entire word at a time. For some unknown reason the education system stopped developing your reading skills at that age.
As you progressed through school each year you progressively moved on to higher levels of language, mathematics, geography and biology. But from the age of 7 years old you progressed through school reading one word at a time and when you left university you were still reading at one word at a time.
How do you evolve to the next level?
Allocate time and energy towards developing your reading speed.
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*Thank you to Colette Symanowitz and MBAConnect for allowing us to use the results of the MBA Survey for this article.