Tell me a time when you felt really challenged?

Tell me a time when you felt really challenged?

It was July of 1977. I was waiting tables at Myrtle Beach, hoping to get Univ. of S.C. aid for MBA school. I had been accepted into the program and applied for financial aid. It had been three months, and still no word about money. I was scared and desperate.

I took off work and drove three hours to the University, stopping by the Registrars Office to get a copy of my hard-won grades. Then, I camped outside the MBA Director’s office. Finally, he saw me. I sat down and place my grades on his desk. I said, “Dr. Lyles, I desperately want my MBA. I have no money, but I know you do. How do I get some of it?”

That question ultimately got me two assistant-ships and a fellowship. I graduated from the two-year MBA program owing only $750.

Leadership Lesson:

Don’t wait to be recognized. When you’ve earned the “goods,” confidently ask for what you need. You’ll likely be amazed by the results!

Clearly communicate your career goals to your superiors. Ambition is not a dirty word.

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