For more than 10-years I ran a weekend seminar about every 2 months and countless private sessions.
I worked with people from all walks of life, from a Catholic nun to former professional athletes. People from the Red Cross, ballet dancers, lawyers, architects, entrepreneurs, soldiers, dyslexics, pilots, soul-searchers, MBA office staff, assistants to professors, medical doctors, nuclear physicists, concert violinists, stay-at-home moms, CEOs, surfers, veterinarians, brewers, linguists, sinologists, oil-rig workers, teachers, and obviously, all the traditional business professions (banker, engineer, consultant, finance/ accounting).
And people were from every possible educational background and nationality. I have lost track of nationalities, but it must be at least 50. People from the courses said the most amazing things, and their MBA journey enabled them to pursue their dreams. They sent their friends and relatives to study with me. I have personally hosted visiting students from Russia, Saudi Arabia, from all over Europe, Canada and Brazil.
Finally, of the extremely diverse people I have met, everyone had one thing in common.
Everyone believed that they could achieve more.
Every single person had a belief that they could raise their career to a higher level, and that personally they could improve their skill sets by increasing their international exposure, acquiring fundamental knowledge, and working with ambitious like-minded individuals. Very seldom is money a significant motivator.
The motivation is, without exception: personal growth, increased knowledge, broadened horizons, and career satisfaction.