The reason we started Acton was for the same reason you start something new: we thought we could do things better. We kept hearing once-promising young entrepreneurs say, years after they’d gotten their MBAs, that school hadn’t adequately prepared them for the great game of business. (If anything, they’d say it actually made their game worse.)
The school was named in honor of Lord John Emerich Edward Dahlberg Acton (1834-1902). Lord Acton saw liberty not as a license, but as the freedom to do what was right. He was suspicious about power for the sake of power, which led to his most famous quote:
Our mission is to supercharge yours. At Acton, we are committed to preparing talented and dedicated students for extraordinary lives as principled entrepreneurs.
Many students at top business schools pursue an MBA because they have no idea what type of career they want. Sadly, after two years of rigorous study, many of these students send out dozens of resumes and then accept either the job with the most impressive recruiting presentation or the highest salary. Four or ﬁve years later, many are just as disappointed as they were when they ﬁrst applied for their MBA. They lack direction, a calling.
At Acton, we believe in the idea of a vocation, or calling. We think everyone has a special purpose in life, a desire to pursue great things and be a “good” person. Through the Life of Meaning course and personal career counseling, we help students discover their special talents and deep needs that will lead them to their callings.
The Acton MBA is an internationally acclaimed business school designed, led and taught by successful entrepreneurs, dedicated to inspiring and equipping the next generation of principled entrepreneurs.