Most of the time, people don't ask.
When I mention the 33 marathons that I ran, most people do not ask the time it took. Which suits me fine. A fine time is 4.30. A great time is 4 hours. Sub 4 is impressive, and sub 3 hours is elite. on the other side, 5 hours is a slog, 5.30 hours is a 'still completed' and 6 hours is a 'victory'.
I struggled many times. 6 marathons in one year had me hobbling into the finish line with nothing but determination a few times. Calgary I ran on one leg, pretty much. A run in Edmonton had me quit 3 times before half way, before finishing. The run in New York included 6 selfies and a 12 hour day on the race course.
It is the same with the MBA. The last mile marker has turned green, only the finish line is ahead when I complete the OMP. I am tired, so tired. A small push to get this done. And no one will ask my grade (likely 77/ 78/ 79 GPA) and no one will ask what I am writing about (Servicing the homeless in Edmonton). This is for me, this last piece- no one will ask the quiet determination needed to slog this through, no one will ask the compromised family bbq and dinners theses last few weeks...
Best to make this last push a brief one...
Dieter Wentzel, CPHR