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Joao Vitor Antonini

Degree:

EMBA

Location:

Brazil

Industry:

Pulp and Paper

Year:

Sep 2018 - May 2020

By Joao Vitor Antonini

There and Back Again

Being the first module of the year, and after embracing India’s complexity, Module 4 has an especial feeling. It is not a warm home feeling, maybe because flying from a 37°C São Paulo to a snowing Oxford could be anything but warm. It feels as you are back on an adventure, full of excitement, with sharp senses, deep curiosity but, above all, you are ready for the next challenge.

Lectures are exciting and include mind blowing discussions about game theory intercalated with clever dialogues on leadership. And as in any good adventure there is this moment when action sparks i.e. GOTO project starting to take shape and the kick off of the entrepreneurship project.

Oxford always takes us one step further, as when you are having a discussion about myths from entrepreneurship with an authentic space industry founder, Mike Lawton.

To finalize the composition of a good adventure, one should include a fellowship. One that gives you strong advice, meaningful sharing, pushes you beyond your limit and supports you to advance with resolution and bravery.

I started quoting Tolkien, one of the brightest Oxford alumnus, known for his famous literary work. So I will also finish with him, in a quote that explains this module better than myself:

“Go back?” he thought. “No good at all! Go sideways? Impossible! Go forward? Only thing to do! On we go!”

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