Yesterday, I met a student and the MBA Admissions team at Rice University since more MBAcademy alumni are applying and interviewing.
Through 12 disciplined months of GMAT prep at MBAcademy in Houston, Texas - akin to training for a mental marathon that only begins with the GMAT - my believing and motivated aspiring MBAs turbo-charged their live GMAT scores to 690 and 700.
They are equipped for 21 rigorous months of the Jones MBA program, and will then be trained for roughly 11 more jobs and a 40-year career as business leaders and owners.
So, when I returned to the parking garage, I was sad to see a car with this "0.0" bumper sticker.
Why would someone proclaim his/her rejection of running, runners, marathoners, achievers, and winners?
Who had given up?
Why had he/she given up the runner's high, physical fitness, optimal health, milestones, lifetime achievements, and more?
Why do my students get discouraged?
Many students break down crying on the phone and in-person, believing wrongly that their less-than-expected and globally benchmarked GMAT scores condemn them as stupid.
How do athletes and elite athletes feel before, during, and after training, losses, and victories?
What are the secret stories and feelings of these heroes along their journeys?
You guessed it. It is very easy to want to give up after setbacks, losses, and injuries.
It is very easy to rip off 26.2 (marathon) and 13.1 (half marathon) bumper stickers, replacing them with nothing or even worse a 0.0 sticker.
Since November 24, 2018, I joined a Nigerian GMAT prep student in a physical fitness challenge to complement and fuel our mental fitness regimen.
Our goal was 800 push-ups weekly, or just 133 per night.
Looking back at my own push-up journey, I have allowed more than half of my days to be ZERO push-up days.
Early on, I was inspired by the books "Extreme Ownership" and "Dichotomy of Leadership" books bringing Navy SEAL principles to business leadership.
I fell flat for two to three weeks after my first day of 133 push-ups.
But, then I upgraded my diet from carbs to organic, plant-based protein, and surged to my best day of 1,617 push-ups as a 45-year old.
Then, I took a break or "rested." Let's be honest: I gave up temporarily ... until my son told me that he believes that I will achieve my superhero goal.
Inspired, I surged again to new summits -- two "best days" over 2,000 push-ups in one week.
In total, I have done 32,007 so far.
(But, the Guinness Book of World Records for push-ups in 24 hours is 46,001, achieved by a retired teacher on April 25, 1993. Wow.)
Not easy for this 45-year-old. But, VERY fun. And, an interesting conversation starter with other men and strangers.
Not realizing the human need to workout chest and back, biceps and triceps - complementary muscle groups, I saw my left arm and shoulder predicting an impending rotator cuff injury.
So, I missed my superhero goal and wisely rested. How depressing!
Nonetheless, resolved to be a superhero for my wife, kiddos, students, other clients, and my Superhero inspiration (God), I will start again with a balanced, whole body elite athlete program.
Both verbal and quant problems, right?
Analyst evolves to CEO. Cook becomes a chef. Sports enthusiast turns athlete turns elite athlete.
Caution: Your joy and achievement may not be celebrated by others still entangled by fear. So, be humble and selective in sharing your news. But, keep running! Why 0.0 stickers?
May you enjoy and thrive on #NationalSuperheroDay