How is the REMPOWER Building Blocks different from getting an MBA?
The REMPOWER Building Blocks is practical, proven, action-oriented and results-oriented which you master by DOING both in the classroom as a laboratory and in the real-world. MBA is intellectual and theory based. We often call Building Blocks an MBA in action, although that does not tell the full story.
Business-building is a touch sport. You can't learn how to build a successful one by going to college. Can you learn how to play tennis by reading books and writing a thesis?Business-building involves human factors: learning to fail and succeed, learning to persevere, learning to fall and get up. These skills can only be learned by DOING, not reading about them or intellectualizing them. Like playing tennis, learning to build a business has a strong component of practicing.
You graduate from an MBA program in two years. But you never graduate from learning how to build a business. So you ever graduate from the ABC program. Would Tiger Woods graduate from learning how to play better golf? Would Michael Jordon declare that he has graduated from playing basketball? Did Cal Rikpen, Jr. stop practicing baseball after he became a major league player? Retire? Yes, eventually. Graduate? Never! (Cal Rikpen still practices baseball even several years after he retired from professional baseball.)
In an MBA program, your grades depend on how well you score on a test or in a thesis or reports. In the Building Blocks program, "grades" are measured in 18 levels of Business Building Mastery, much like the Belt System in Karate which could take you a lifetime to master.
In an MBA program, you never find out whether or not your education resulted in concrete business results. In Building Blocks, a portion of our grading depends of the actual systems you have implemented as well as the results your business is producing in various areas of its operation.
In REMPOWER Building Blocks you start getting results from day one. In an MBA program, you have to wait till the graduation date.
MBA promises that you will master building a business in 2 years or less by reading books and writing theoretical business plans. We don't. We believe that business building is a skill, a science and an art form that needs devotion, practice and effort, much like learning martial arts, yoga or tennis.
We believe that business-building is not an academic exercise, it's a practical exercise where we must learn by doing; both in the lab environment and in the real-world. That learning how to build a business goes beyond head - which is where an MBA program stops - and goes to heart, action and inspiration.
Finally, business requires engaging with it from heart, mind and soul. That's why, we address all those human faculties and more in our coaching sessions. An MBA requires only one kind of engagement: intellectual. That's important, but it's a small part of the total engagement you require with your business in order to be successful.
Are you saying my MBA degree is worthless?
No, not at all. Only that your MBA degree is one-fourth or 25% of the way to mastering business building. If you have an MBA degree, you will have a head-start in ABC as you will be able to take what you have learned in your MBA a step further. You will be able to engage with it with it more intensely, translate it into specific actions and systems so that you can get concrete, measurable results from your business. You will be able to learn how to build concrete systems that get concrete and sustainable result from what you already know.
And perhaps, while you are in REMPOWER Building Blocks, you will find that some of the stuff you learned in your MBA program does not apply on the street. That in building a business, you often need Uncommon Wisdom and Insights, not the Common Wisdom you learn at an MBA school.