Here's an interesting article featuring Stanford GSB Professor Deborah Gruenfeld. It asserts that "Very few people succeed in business without a degree of confidence, but no one is immune to bouts of insecurity."
And if there's anything I've learned from my job in MBA Admissions, it's that the application process can trigger those bouts of insecurity! So many of the questions we hear from you are masked ways of expressing your real fears: "do I have a chance of getting in?" or "how can I get in?"
According to Professor Gruenfeld, "Overcoming this self-doubt starts with honestly assessing one's abilities and shortcomings, then getting comfortable enough to capitalize on--and correct-- them."
I can't think of a better suggestion for you in the application process! The more honest your self-assessment, the more likely you are to apply to the right schools *for you,* and the stronger your applications will be. What's more, that self-reflection will dramatically improve your MBA experience--you'll know why you are here, what you want from the experience, and be a step ahead in the process of transforming yourself as a leader that starts in your first quarter here through the Leadership Labs.
So read on for more thoughts about what to do "when the doubts creep in," and remember that we are more interested in your accomplishments, strengths, and potential to have an impact than in any one essay or test score. I look forward to meeting you at our information sessions or through your application.
Associate Director of MBA Admissions