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Oct 15, 2019

Kon Leong, CEO of ZL Technologies, earned his MBA from the Wharton School with distinction in 1986. Leong says that having an MBA from Wharton makes him a popular informal advisor for others who are trying to do the same thing — and that it’s often a leap of faith that prospective applicants most need. “Don’t be your own worst enemy,” said Leong. “Instead, open up your mind to your potential.”

He adds that having counseled many applicants toward pursuing their MBA at Wharton, he faces the recurring challenge of assuring them it’s not that impossible to get in — but that this “intimidation factor” can be overcome by building confidence, understanding what the admissions committee is looking for, and then over-delivering. To that end, Leong recommends making sure you’re ready to invest yourself fully in the mission of preparing your application. “I don’t mean normal preparations — I mean total dedication and focus on every aspect of the process, including the interview,” said Leong. “If you’re not willing to go the extra mile, maybe you should reconsider.”

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