First of all, you are not going to get to put “MBA” on your business card as a result of reading the 77 books I’ve recommended. Maybe one day a “STMBA” will become industry-recognized…but I doubt that day will come.

The thing about recognition is that it is a two-way street. On the one hand, people see credentials and may think positive things about you. But on the other hand, credentials can come with preconceived notions about who you are and how you operate. I’ve had mentors with multiple designations, degrees, and titles, but they quite often sign their emails with just their first name. They do this on purpose because they want to be underestimated. They want people to be surprised and delighted when they can show that they actually are subject matter experts.

There is tremendous power in knowing what you are talking about, knowing what others are talking about, but being able to sit there quietly at a meeting and just listen.

I see it all too often that there are people in meetings that try to convince the room how smart they are, only to succeed in doing the exact opposite.

The main goal of a STMBA is knowledge. Recognition will come by the results you show from the knowledge you’ve gained, so don’t be too concerned about telling people all the books you’ve read, or what letters you may have after your last name.