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It has been an awesome experience and accomplishment to finish the course work of my MBA at the Robinson School of Business at Georgia State. My wife is of course thrilled and my friends and colleagues continue to congratulate me. It has been an intense 15 months of time, effort and thought. However, one comment needs to be addressed, "I hope you get a return for your investment." This is by all business perspectives the measurement of success the famous "ROI," take the capital investment and discount the estimated cash flows of future success to see if it is worth the effort and pain. Yet, I can sit here today and say that without any calculator or excel spreadsheet it has produced an amazing return. The return is not in a percentage form or a dollar payment but, in calm confidence in myself and my ability to succeed, paired with the knowledge and perspective of how fragile success can be.

This bet on myself has pushed me out of my comfort zone and into an industry and business that is unfamiliar. To truly test the waters of what has been taught. To put into practice the ideas of shared value, the impact of vision, the creativity of marketing and the responsibility of leadership. To be willing to try and possible fail is an absolutely exhilarating feeling, one that I am sure is only matched by the feeling of trying and succeeding or the despair of giving it your all and coming up short. If you want a guaranteed paid check or to feel safe in your career then stay where you are at. Once your read about how giants fail and Apple's grow your safety net will forever be gone. However, there is a unique empowerment when the safety net is released, the stakes get larger, the focus more intense and in those moments, you must bet on yourself and deliver. This is not to say there will not be failure, yet failure with the right perspective is simply another course, a time to learn and move forward.

Now I am at the start of a journey, the safety net is gone and the challenge ahead of me is significant and exciting. Success is not guaranteed but, I know who I am betting on!