RESUME OF FAILURES
Degree programs I did not get into
1995: after completing my MS in Information Systems (IS) in France, I applied to many Ph.D. programs in IS at many top US and European universities but got accepted in none
1996-1997: I applied to many MBA programs at top US Business Schools but got systematically rejected by all of them (I finally got accepted at Yale SOM in 1998).
Biggest Mistakes Made
1998 Joining Yale School of Management without proper financial planning to secure funding for my two-year MBA program
2008 Accepting the Executive Director position at Centre for India & Global Business at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge (UK) without realizing I lacked the fund-raising skills required to secure the Centre’s long-term financial viability
Near-death experiences (physical and/or emotional traumas)
1993: I nearly drowned in a swimming pool during my compulsory military service in France (I had never learned to swim). What I remember vividly—and it still troubles me today—is this: as I hit the bottom of the deep swimming pool and began losing my consciousness I didn’t struggle at all, I just “surrendered” to the circumstances: it’s as if I wanted to die…
1999: At Yale School of Management I was financially, emotionally and physically bankrupt. I felt like my soul was dying. I am still recovering from that emotional trauma—although in hindsight I realize that NOT completing my MBA program at Yale has been God’s greatest gift to me because it enabled me to define who I really am.
2006: I experienced Auto Immune Syndrome-like symptoms, causing serious physical malfunction and great anxiety. Western doctors couldn’t identify the root cause of the ailment. I was able to recover physically/emotionally/spiritually thanks to Ayurveda (traditional Indian medicine), Yoga, and Buddhist meditation, all of which I continue to practice till now.