Akshay Dalal









By Akshay Dalal

Making magic happen!

T-3 weeks to MBA Launch. Most of us are busy getting suits tailored, buying new gadgets, travelling around the world, and a few of us are already in Oxford and making the most of it (#Oxfordsummer). Looking forward to an MBA is really exciting – the experience it’ll bring, the values it’ll teach, the bonds that’ll be made – and most of us are eagerly waiting for it to start. Some with a smile and some with somersaults in their stomachs; as for me – I’m relaxing, recharging, and making sure that I stuff myself with enough Indian street food for a year.

A year ago, I was wondering if I’d ever make it to B-school; my GMAT score was average, most admissions teams told me to improve a variety of things, and before I knew it, everything was so overwhelming that my mind was racing at not-normal anxiety and stress levels. I could see myself going into a downward spiral.

I decided to take a day’s break and enjoy the beach, eat my cheat day food, watch my favorite movie, and sleep till my roommates thought I was unconscious. Before the stress levels could rise again, I decided to make some changes, starting with my mindset. Combined with a quote that read, “If you’re serious about changing your life, you’ll find a way. If you’re not, you’ll find an excuse”, I told myself that if other people can do it, why can’t I? I transformed my mind and build this perception that there was an MBA seat out there in a B-school of my choice waiting for my name plate to be on it, and all that I needed to do was to give it my 200%.

I took the GMAT, wrote countless drafts for one essay, and a month later, I felt myself changing into this confident and vibrant person who knew what he was aiming for and how he would get it. Come the interviews phase, I was telling myself that “I got this”; I believed in myself and what I had accomplished so far. Soon after, I could sense the offer, I could hear the email notification, and I could see myself on the first day of MBA orientation.

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Now it’s not news that this was just the beginning, an MBA journey continues for a good 3-4 years. Essays finish, interviews start; offer comes, choosing starts; classes begin and the job hunting starts. But the important thing that I took out of this whole experience, and want to share with you, is that you must open your mind to the possibility.

Our minds are accustomed to getting stuck in a rut, we see things from the perspective of the reality we are currently in. And we believe these current situations to be the truth – we tell ourselves that this school is not for us, that consulting job is out of my reach, that getting 6-pack abs is for people with high metabolism, and we’ll keep telling ourselves the same thing over and over. We need to remember, that we are powerful creatures, and that our environments do not create us, but rather we create our environments, and that we decide which cards to play.

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Obviously nothing comes without hard work, but tell yourself why and what you want and decide how to go get it. Be ready for the challenges it throws. Remember, the school you want to get into already accepts students, the job you want is already out there, the company you want to work for is already in business, the money you want to make has already been minted, the people you want to deliver your business to already exist in this world. Whatever you want, it’s out there. All you need to do is go out there and make it happen.

I want you to spend some time fantasizing about it, read biographies of people who kick *explicit* in that field, network with people, step out of your comfort zone, think big and open yourself to the possibilities that what you want can happen; figure out the specifics and come up with a mantra that you’re going to repeat over and over. “I want that job”, “I want this school”, “I want to lose weight”, “I want to travel to the arctic”; say it again and again, be on the lookout for the opportunities that’ll present, and make sure to grab them by the horns. Push your boundaries and make it happen!

“You are a victim of the rules you live by” – Jenny Holzer

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