Letter from the Director

I'm in a hurry


I used to be in a hurry to get ahead. I've always been driven, and I wanted to do more, to push harder. As I worked hard on my career in the Silicon Valley, I thought I was going as fast as I could go.

About a year ago, after steady marketing and product roles at L'Oreal, Gap Inc, Bare Escentuals, and Flite, I did something crazy—I applied to work with Seth, in New York, during the winter (I hate winter).

I almost didn't apply. I thought it was too competitive, and surely there'd be someone smarter, faster, and better than me.

And then I got the job. So my first lesson is: always apply.

I distinctly remember the day that Seth said to me, "You’ve drawn a box for yourself, and you keep filling it. Your box should be 10x bigger."

That was the start of when I began to see myself differently. Now I'm in a hurry to help other people see.

I'm in a hurry to help you see what you're capable of, because your box should be growing faster than you can comfortably fill it.

I'm in a hurry to help you see what your impact could look like if you decided to speak up.

I’m in a hurry to connect you with frameworks and tools and people who will sharpen your thinking.

I'm in a hurry to have you experiment with feeling a little scared because you're choosing to take on a bigger scope of responsibility.

Almost all of the leaders we work with are in a hurry too.

In the altMBA, we talk about transformation. I used to think that the word was vague and hokey. It was for other people, not for people like me who were already going places.

But I was wrong.

I thought I was doing a lot, but there was still plenty of room to do more. I'm thankful that someone said to me, "You should draw a bigger box."

Now, there are a hundred other people (and me) saying to you, "You’ve gotten to where you are. Now draw a bigger box."

Leading the altMBA is a privilege. We’re on a mission to change the way leaders like you level up. If you’re ready for us, we’re ready for you.

I hope you’ll join us.

— Wes
wes@altmba.com


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