Self-compassion. It took me more than 15 years after business school and some major setbacks to grasp this concept, a simple but powerful concept which would have made my life during that time so much happier and my struggles so much easier.
Vanessa Loder graduated exactly a decade later from the same school – Stanford University, but she learned this, and several other important things, much faster, which she writes about in this article below.
Not only that, she is bringing these lessons to other high-achieving women, teaching them “how to shift from overwhelm to ease”. After a highly-coveted career in private equity, she founded Akoya Power and later co-founded Mindfulness Based Achievement, the New MBA, bridging business and technology with mindfulness and personal growth, to support overwhelmed women in giving themselves permission to create a fulfilling life based on their passions and values.
Mindfulness Based Achievement is offering its next online course starting on April 28th and in person program in San Francisco starting on May 6th. Click for details.
7 Things I Wish I Learned in Business School
Vanessa Loder, Co-Founder, Mindfulness Based Achievement (“the New MBA”). She received her MBA from Stanford University and is trained in hypnosis and past life regression healing.
By Vanessa Loder
Would you spend $200,000 on something if it didn’t make you happier? As it turns out, you can invest over $200,000 all in on a top MBA program these days and while you will on average earn more and have a better network upon graduation, that $200,000 investment does not guarantee you will feel happier.
I had a truly wonderful experience at Stanford Business School and I would do it all again in a heartbeat. And, now that I’ve quit my “safe” job in private equity to run my own business teaching Mindfulness Based Achievement programs to people who want to create Success with Ease, I’ve learned that there are some universal principles that are highly effective at 1) increasing happiness and 2) increasing success – and, surprisingly, I was completely unaware of these concepts while I was at Stanford.
I believe learning these seven practices is the best investment any individual can make in her or his career, and the research backs me up: