Current MIM Student Charles Oben

Life is all about taking risks: “If you win, you will be happy, if you lose, you will be wise.” Now if someone asked you, “How are you handling everything at IE?” Could you reply, “I’m all in?”

For any non-poker player out there, to be all in is when you bet all of your chips in one round. The stakes couldn’t be higher, and you’re either going to come out on top, or leave with nothing.

 Now imagine that one round is your life; your hand represents your choices, and your chips are your determination. Are you all in?

I believe the environment at IE demands that kind of commitment. With so much work to do, and all the wider opportunities available to you, to really make the most of everything, you’ve got to be all in. I’d like to think I am.

That’s why I flew to London this weekend as a member of the IE football team taking part in the International MBA football tournament, ‘Tackle Africa’. That’s why I forced myself to read a case study and do some group work this morning on the tube on my way to play in the final. That’s why, even though I’m sore all over and feel like I need a walking stick and might have to put my arm in a sling over the next week or so, I’m smiling like a Cheshire chat.

Because overall, I had a great time.

Because I met some amazing people.

Because IE won the tournament.

And because the picture of everyone ‘going wild’ after we got handed the trophy is priceless. As I write this, I’m on the train on my way to Gatwick Airport. Honestly, all I want to do right now is sleep. But I can’t. Because I’ve got more reading to do. Because I’ve got assignments due today.

Because until the end of my master’s program, I’m all in.

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