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More Than Money: Questions Every MBA Needs to Answer: Redefining Risk and Reward for a Life of Purpose Hardcover – October 12, 2008
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"Mark nearly brought me to tears at many points throughout the book, as I deeply related to and agreed with much of what he had to say. It's comforting to read Mark's words and know that I am not alone."
-- Kristina Päster, Presidio School of Management MBA 2008
"Why do we need to suffer before finding our way? I wish I had read this book before I graduated."
-- Chiara Rinaldi, MBA SDA Bocconi (Italy), 2005
"More Than Money describes risk and reward in terms that fit the decisions of every person fortunate and driven enough to pursue an MBA. If you seek a life of value and real wealth, you must read this book."
--Aaron James, University of Michigan Ross School of Business MBA candidate, 2010
"This book should be required for all MBAs. I have shared the principles with my dean and fellow classmates, who all find them to be powerful."
--Ishita Deshmukh, Yale School of Management MBA candidate, 2009
"Don't miss this book--it's worth every penny to take the time to find your own destiny."
--Sarah Endline, Harvard Business School MBA 2001
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Mark Albion's bestseller Making a Life, Making a Living inspired a new generation, Generation And, to strive for a life of money and meaning, cash and a calling--to discover a new, more fulfilling definition of "the good life." But as he traveled the country, speaking at scores of business schools and listening to MBAs' experiences, Mark found his audiences needed more than inspiration. They wanted guidance, a concrete way to clarify their values and design a life plan that combined profit and purpose, cash and a calling. The result is More Than Money.
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What Mark has done is certainly courageous and very commendable considering that he walked away from power and prestige as a rising star young business professor at Harvard and hotly sought-after business consultant. To know someone who can make the hard decisions to voluntarily leave this comfortable and extremely privileged environment and do something for the betterment of the society is certainly very inspiring and motivate each of us to pursue something bigger than ourselves and be a asset to the society.
With the current economic crisis, the worthiness of mba degrees and marketability of mba graduates have perhaps taken a beating. Some people perceived mba degrees(especially ivy-league ones) as a symbol for greed and power hungry. MBA degree holders may have to prove themselves all over again to overcome the stereotype and showed that they are a worthy hire.
We are fooling ourselves if we are not into getting more money and prestige after getting our newly minted ivy-league MBA. With upwards to 250K of student loans and missed opportunities for some of us, pursuing for more wealth and prestige is not an option that we can afford to opt-out from once we signed the dotted line to join mba schools. However, Mark's inspiring story provides us with a ray of hope that an alternative may exist and it is certainly something that we all can strive for.
Don't want to complain though - I noticed before buying that the book had about 150 pages so I knew more or less what to expect. And it was certainly worth the read, if not entirely worth the buy (this was the kind of book you could see yourself donwloading as a pdf and devouring in a couple of hours on the couch).
This book inspired me most of all to further explore my set of core values, and the importance of framing your work and life not only in terms of financial success, but also in terms of contribution, well-being and people relations.
I'm almost done with my Master's in Organizational Leadership and am strongly considering what I want my next job to be.
While the book appears to be geared towards MBA students and grads, this book is really meaningful for anyone who wants to make a difference.
Dr Mark asks questions in each chapter that makes you step back and consider what you want to get out of your career. I've started my own journal to answer his thought provoking questions.
I highly recommend this book-another winner!
The book has a great set of questions to make you think about yourself, your future, your life, your passions,..., coupled with a good number of stories that illuminate ways of answering these questions.
The passage that best summarizes the book is the Buffett's story: "After speaking at Harvard Business School one afternoon, Warren Buffett was asked a question that made him chuckle heartily. He clearly had been asked this question many times before. "Mr. Buffett, what I'd like to do is go out and make a lot of money for about ten years and then go and do what I really, really want to do. What do you think about that?"
With that wry smile he sports, Buffett paused for a moment, took a measured breath, and spoke slowly in his best midwestern drawl: "Sonny, it sounds to me like you're saving up sex for old age." Are you living a deferred life plan?"
I strongly recommend it to anyone, not only MBAs, who has a passion/dream and is struggling with the idea of postponing it because he/she needs money first.
It should be required reading before every student enters his/her MBA program.