Starting a blog…

Wow! I am starting a blog,

In reality my assumption is that nobody will ever actually read this thing. I am starting a self-directed MBA program based on the format found here at I will use this blog to journal my progress; write-up book reviews and notes; and hone my writing skills in the process.

What am I hoping to get out of this self-directed MBA process? I have looked around at MBA programs, but I have never been too impressed by the traditional MBA process offered by one of the local universities. Since I work full-time around 50 hours/ week I will be extending the timeline compared to the Thumotic outline. I am also working on finalizing the curriculum/ major focus areas. Right now i am going to start off with these 4 books:

  1. The Art of Learning – Josh Waitzkin. I started this book yesterday after hearing about it on the Tim Ferriss show podcast
  2. Getting things done – David Allen
  3. Getting Results the Agile Way – JD Meier
  4. The 4 Hour Workweek- Tim Ferriss – this one will actually blend into part of the curriculum. Each chapter ends with an exercise – I will be doing all of these exercises.

The goal would be for these to set the tone and foundation for the rest of my program. I expect the curriculum to shift as I progress through the program, but right now I have the following:

  • Leadership/Influencing people
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Strategy
  • Productivity
  • Networking
  • Sales
  • Finance/Accounting
    • Managerial Accounting/Costing/Quoting
    • Valuations
  • I will create a working curriculum post to show the whole program and progress

I will set measurables for each subject and get the whole program laid out. I am planning on about 15 hours per week at this point due my schedule juggling work, yoga, life, etc.

Quick note about me: as of writing this I am 27 years old and live in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area. I am a big fan of food, wine, yoga, jetskiing, music, reading, and always ready to add another passion. I graduated from Grand Valley State University with a double major in Finance and Accounting. I currently work as a Financial Controller for Innotec in Zeeland, Michigan. If someone is actually reading this get ready for some serious learning – YEAH!