How far would you go to make your dreams come true?
Before I tell you my answer, I would like to share my three dreams with you.
For my first aspiration, I traveled 6330 miles. Can anyone guess where I went? Mt Fuji. I conquered Fujisan with my fellow mtrekkers in 2012. We got up at 3:30AM, and set off for the mountain at 6AM. In 6 hours, we gained 2336 miles in elevation. Did I mention the 30% grade? At first, we were happily chatting due to our excitement. Thanks to the challenging climb, our conversations halted as we all concentrated on putting one foot in front of another to get to the elusive top. For those of you that haven’t climbed Mt Fuji, the terrain changes from a happy go easy hike (ie rock and sand) to a level 10 rock climbing (i.e. lava rocks with pointy edges.)
Honestly, I wouldn’t have made it if it weren’t for my fellow Rossers. Despite my daily workout routine, I just wasn’t cut out for the elevation gains. Not wanting to let the team down, I willed myself to go on. Unfortunately, I got nothing left. Noticing my slowing place, my mtrek leader,Akira Kanda, asked if I needed help. After I hesitantly admitted, he graciously offered oxygen tank, and carried part of my pack. Thanks to Akira, after another four hours of climb, I made it. After burning 8000 calories from 10 hours of hiling, I finally crossed off Mt. Fuji from my bucket list.
My second dream was only 2000 miles away. The catch was that I had to leave everything I knew for two years. To a CA girl, however, I felt like I was going to a brave new world, aka Ann Arbor.
Remembering my passion for brand management, I put on a brave face and said goodbye to my family, friends, and college sweetheart. Did I mention my one-year old nephew who was just learning how to walk? To prepare myself for this new career, I sought out help from RMC and Rossers. Vicki, an MBA2 who was also a career-switcher and interned at GM over the summer, was my secret weapon. Not only did she whip my resume into shape, she also helped me with interview preparation by conducting as many mock interviews with me as I wanted. Thanks to her, I landed two internship offers and worked at Kimberly-Clark this summer. As I was leading focus groups in Atlanta in August, I remembered feeling thankful and amazed at living out my fantasy.
My last dream is a simple one. Ever since I was little, I fantasized about being a performer. Sound of Music was my favorite movie and I aspired to be Greta, the youngest daughter. I remembered I would act out the goodnight scene from the dinner party, complete with my own rendition of “So Long, Farewell.” It was no surprise that I tried out for Follies. And this year, I finally got a chance to show my acting chops by playing a Type A MBA student, or in Ross speak, a gunner. I really had to reach deep as I am so not a gunner, or am I?
In conclusion, my yellow brick road was 9000 miles long. Along the way, I made friends with Fujisan, transitioned my career successfully, and lived out my eight year old fantasy. I learned two things along the way.
1. Even though I was never the class president nor the cheerleader. But having my aspirations happen, is still priceless.
2. Although my journey took me out of my comfort zone, I grew as a person and realized my dreams with my fellow Rossers help.
Not matter what your dream is, I am sure we can help you get there. So, how far would you go for your dream? And how may we help?