Written: October 21st, 2011
Dedicated to my fellow classmates in the Presidential and Key Executive MBA Program at Pepperdine University – Cohort #126.
Twenty months ago, 18 of us embarked upon a journey but unfortunately, we’d lost a couple along the way. When we started, we had no idea who the other people were who were joining us – what they were like, what they were capable of, and, most importantly, what they wanted out of this journey.
During the last 20 months – the answers we sought slowly became visible to all of us. Strangers became friends – friends became family – limits were pushed, and in the end, we finally discovered what we all wanted – to become better then when we started. Better leaders, better executives, but above all else, better people.
Twenty months later, as I look upon my fellow classmates and reflect back upon our very first session together, I cannot imagine haven taken this journey with any other. You all, students and professors, have become a part of me. The experiences, the lessons, the memories, and most importantly, your involvement during my journey has mad me a better person and for that, I am eternally grateful.
As we close out this chapter in our lives, we find ourselves about to embark, yet again, on another journey. I request all of you to take the lessons that you have learned over the past twenty months and do just one thing – MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Make a difference to make this world a better place however and wherever you are able. I believe that we are placed upon this great world to serve and each one of you now has a new responsibility to ensure that you give back so that you can pay it forward. That is what the circle of life is all about.
I am reminded of a quote that I’d like to share – “People come into our lives for a reason, a season, or a lifetime”. To you, my fellow classmates and professors, I say, I look forward to spending a lifetime with all of you.
Now, in closing, I welcome my fellow classmates to take the first step into your new self for you are no longer the same. Be fearless – be positive – be brilliant.