Author: John Mahler

Take your time. Stop and smell the people.

Seriously, look at how cute my mom is.

Best mom ever.  But don’t let her beguile you with the cute Asian mom thing.  She is sharp as a tack and wise beyond her years.
So this one time, she wrote me a birthday card. I was turning 18, and I don’t know … Read more 

Going (coming) Home For (After) Thanksgiving

Anyone who knows me knows that I am an unabashed and unapologetic homer for Seattle, my hometown. I wear my love for Seattle like the patches on Russell Wilson’s jersey.  No one will ever convince me that Seattle is not the best city in the world.  It doesn’t rain nearly … Read more 

Green, Verde, πράσινο

My father used to tell me that one of the truest tests of character is to be sincerely happy for the success of someone close to you.  I have always tried to live by this maxim.
I don’t know why, but I am, like, super envious of people who can speak more … Read more 

Siloed, Value-Added, MBA Toolkits

I pretty much love everything about B-School.  The people, the professors, the work, etc etc.  Except for some of the buzzwords that, especially if you are going into consulting, you pretty much hear every day and you might as well get them tattooed on your forehead so as to spare … Read more 

Course XV or Section X

The first year of my MBA at MIT is over.
Excuse me while I stare at those words for a second.
The bittersweet end to what has been undoubtedly the best year of my life is upon me.  However nice it is to be done with finals, it is even harder to … Read more 

The Delhi Sound-Print

If I close my eyes right now, I think that I can almost hear it.  There is simply no way that I can convey this to you, but Delhi has this sound-fingerprint – a mishmashed din of beeping cars, bartering street vendors and construction – that is like no other … Read more 

I Ope-Hay Oo-Yay Eek-Spay Atin-Lay

Latin wasn't even offered in my podunk little high school.  Most of us drove pickup trucks still half filled with hay to school every morning.  My pickup was red, though, so I was cool with it.  Anyways, I never learned Latin, so the closest I ever got was Pig Latin. … Read more 

MIT is like the Golden Arches, with less calories

I remember reading this crazy statistic one time (upon further reflection, it was actually a statistic that I heard on the documentary, Fast Food Nation).  The statistic was that 88 percent of people polled in an international survey could recognize the Golden Arches of the McDonalds logo.  In case you are one of … Read more 

Yes. Yes, There is a Caribbean Ocean.

I may be dating myself when I write this, which is funny since this quote goes WAY BACK to this weird time called the 90's, but tell me if you get this reference.  The beginning to a very famous show always started with these words:
This is the true story of … Read more 

Trust Me, I’m a Doctor

Okay, okay, so I’m not a doctor, but I would consider myself a pretty stand-up sort of guy, so you should trust me either way, in my opinion.  So if you do trust me, I am going to tell you something good about the MIT Sloan interview and how to … Read more