The 7 Keynote MBA: How to Save 2 Years and $100,000

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I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked, over the years, if I regretted going to law school.

The answer is no. It taught me how to analyze scenarios, options and organize thoughts and deal with tremendous amounts of stress. What it didn’t teach me a whole lot about, though, was the actual practice of being a lawyer.

I’ve heard a similar theme from many MBAs. Truth is, the great value in most MBA and JD programs can be boiled down to 5 to 10 talks, presentations, classes and conversations that changed the way you experienced the world. So, I figured, why go through 2 years of B-school, drop $100,000 (that’s $70k on school, $20k on booze and $10k on Red Bull) and give up two years of income, when you can experience your…

7 extraordinary moments with 7 true visionaries…right here, right now…

Guy Kawasaki‘s “10 things” list crushes a bunch of start-up myths, shows you where to spend your time, money and energy when starting and growing a business.

Malcolm Gladwell draws a stunning lesson about business, observation, problem-solving and refusing to be bound by the assumptions of others…from spaghetti sauce

Gary Vaynerchuck shares what it really takes to “make it,” beyond money, goals, plans and whiz-bang technology

Annie Leonard reveals the mindblowing and often horrifyingly inadvertent impact what you create has on the world, the people and the environment around you.

Jim Valvano, legendary former NC basketball coach shares how to keep perspective in trying and, for him, life-threatening, times (you’ll want a few tissues for this one, but don’t you dare skip it).

Seth Godin challenges you to rise to the call to lead, to tap the growing opportunity to organize others and rally them around a powerful cause.

Tony Hsieh reveals the driving importance of a company’s culture as the critical factor in lasting growth and success for any business.

There, now, go forth and conquer, dominate, win, succeed


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51 responses

51 responses to “The 7 Keynote MBA: How to Save 2 Years and $100,000”

  1. This is the second collection of videos you’ve posted since I joined the site Jonathan. Thank you so much.

    Youtube is getting so vast its tough to find the hidden gems. This helps.

    • Jonathan Fields says:

      Glad you enjoyed, Peter. I love learning from amazing people, these videos are just another way to access them

  2. Lindsey says:

    Sadly, I think there is a LOT more here than I learned in 2 years at business school! Thank you for this thoughtful and provocative collection of wisdom.

  3. David Guzman says:

    Really great compilation of videos that you have put together here. Thanks!

  4. Awesome stuff as always. Now if we can only get the Career Renegade presentation from TedX CMU, I think we’ll have #8!

  5. Akash Sharma says:

    Brilliant list, I had seen 2 of them in a list at web-distortion, I think the commencement speech from Steve Jobs is also a great source for practical inspiration that could have made it as well. Thanks for sharing.

    • Jonathan Fields says:

      That video is one of my greatest sources of inspiration. I actually linked to it in my last collection of inspirational vids.

  6. Daniel says:

    1 hour spent watching this = priceless.
    Thanks for sharing this list Jon.

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  8. Todd Lohenry says:

    Great post/blog title!

  9. Flora says:

    Whoa! This is a beautiful collection, thank you Jonathan.

    May I add another favorite of mine on which I’ve watched several times and every time I watch it I am so grateful this man is in the world!

    It’s inspiring darling Alain de Botton: “A kinder, gentler philosophy of success”:

  10. Jodi Kaplan says:

    Your comment about new lawyers is so true. I was once a (gasp) paraglegal (thought I wanted to be a lawyer). The new lawyers knew very little about actually practicing law.

    Here’s another Ted video I really like (Mary Louise pointed it out).

  11. Great vids! A couple i haven’t seen before.

    Vids do help those of us that don’t want (or have the time) to read… And they’re “sexier”.

    For an even better video experience (I’m not marketing myself) check out the RSA Animate vids. They combine vid + animation. Which is the ultimate attraction.

    Such as the one Barbara Ehrenreich did on “Smile or Die”-


  12. Annie Leonard’s video is something that schools should be using as a tool to help teach tomorrow’s generation.

    This is one of my favorite posts Johnathan; good job!

  13. Awesome compilation! You always put thought and effort in to your blog posts. I enjoy reading them, and thank you for the opportunity to read/watch them. (Watching the videos at work, while I work on my Dreams!)

    If you could give only one piece of advice (in general) to someone trying to follow their dreams but keeps making excuses…what would your best advice be?

    Rich LoPresti

  14. Erin S. says:

    Terrific and inspiring. Thanks

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  17. Pramit Singh says:

    Excellent, excellent post Jonathan. Suffice to say the real world teaches more than the classroom. I have written quite a bit about the efficiency of business education and have created alternatives as well.If you will permit me,

    Do we need MBAs: A 5 part series

    Cheers and all the best.

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  19. Brett says:

    Should I just tell you that you saved me $100K?

    Ones to add:

    Steve Jobs’s commencement speech from here: Stanford Commencement Speech 2005

    Will Smith – some awesome words of wisdom: Will’s Wisdom

    Benjamin Zander’s TED Talk (not just about music): Ben Zander TED

    That about covers it, I think.

    Quality post, Jonathan.

  20. Had this open for the past 2 days and watched them all. Fantastic.

  21. Krisenkindt says:

    Great videos! 🙂
    Funny enough, I saw many of those in MBA classes, hahaha!

    I want to add three though:
    “Time Management” and “Childhood Dreams” both by Randy Pausch. Awesome talks, really. Though sometimes sad as well.
    Time Management:
    Last Lecture: Childhood Dreams:

    And the speech that Steve Jobs gave for Stanford Graduates I think it was. Even though that one was kinda familiar and it all seemed like it had been heard before: He sums it up nicely…

    Stay hungry! Stay foolish! 🙂

  22. Great post Jonathan! Love each & every one of these videos…

    Keep up the great work!

  23. Jonathan,

    If you’re talking about an MBA program that doesn’t deviate much from academic theory, then your post is right on. But my MBA experience was something that you can’t encapsulate in seven videos, for two reasons.

    (Side note: I don’t know if I’m necessarily disagreeing with your post. It’s probably more like a differing perspective because of the experience I had.)

    One of the reasons is that the MBA program was heavy on experiential learning. So, we consistently went beyond academic theory. By the way, I’m talking about the MBA program at Elon University (gotta get a shameless plug in for them).

    The second (and the main reason) is my collection of classmates. It was a mix of small business owners, independent contractors, mid-management employees, and so on. We got to spend two years going through various group situations (in and out of the class) learning from each other’s real world experiences. There’s a laundry list of industries that these people came from. The combination of their experiences, successes, and failures is something I will never fully experience in my career alone. Not even close. These seven videos can’t match that compilation of interactions.

    Not only do I have all of those encounters to draw from, but I also have many more quality professional contacts in my region. Well worth the tuition (which was around $20k). That tuition is easily recouped by the increase in pay and, more importantly, by learning from (and not repeating) other people’s professional regrets.

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  26. Darsh says:

    Thank you for the great videos

  27. Jeremy says:

    Your article is very helpful and I appreciate your taking the time to assemble this collection of wisdom.

    I feel compelled to point out a possible error that many in North Carolina would recognize instantly: “Jim Valvano, legendary former NC basketball coach”. Jim Valvano coached NCSU (aka NC State, North Carolina State University). There is a big difference between UNC and NC State (UNC is often referred to as North Carolina). You’re technically correct if you really just meant that Jim Valvano coached in the state of North Carolina, but that isn’t how basketball coaches are usually described.

    I hope you don’t take this the wrong way. Obviously this is a minor, nitpicking point in an otherwise excellent article. Probably only a NC State fan would even bother to write this comment…

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  31. Timothy says:

    Once again, Jonathan delivers and I have spent one whole morning watching video’s that I did not have time to watch.

    Now I get to change everything I was going to do this week.


  32. Kent says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! So much great material. Very educational and helpful.

  33. Lisette says:

    Great post, many thanks to you and the commenters. Quick note, here’s an updated link for the Jim Valvano speech:

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