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To control your cow, give it a bigger pasture…

One of the interesting aspects of HSG MBA is participants from different nationalities (22 in current FT class). And it is an experience in itself in understanding each personality. Now I know 1000 year old Chinese eggs are only preserved for 100 days; There is the closest point between Russia and America that is only 4 km long; 1000 Swiss Francs is the highest denomination note in the world; Chile & Peru are still fighting over the ownership of ‘Pisco’ as a national drink; and yes..Barcelona is not Madrid (my buddy Robert will tell you more in alumni meets).

Aw c’mon! In this already crowded web-based-fountain-of-wisdom world, I’m not going to reveal HSG MBA’s 101 secrets of World Domination. But I can leave you with one of the thoughts from Zen master Suzuki RoshiTo control your cow, give it a bigger pasture.

For me, it’s a great quote. The cow can be seen as your mind and giving the mind a bigger pasture is about having different experiences in life. Understanding MBA participants is one such kind of experience. You will meet people from different backgrounds, cultures, nationalities; you will try to understand each other’s style of working, reacting, absorbing and appreciating. Spending most of your time with intelligent people from different countries and backgrounds will give you a global perspective and will give you an opportunity to refine your PoV (Point of View). And as you will interact more, you will find that the cow (your mind) becomes richer as it roams around the extended pasture of interactions and learning.

PS: “To be stupid, selfish and have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost.”

~Gustave Flaubert