Michael Daboll ’19
Why I Chose Babson
I’ve always enjoyed finding a problem—no matter how small it seemed—and then trying to turn it into a business. Every business I have been involved in is connected to my love of entrepreneurship, whether it was landscaping, fixing bikes, being a music producer, or in my current role running my auto detailing company. As an entrepreneur, I can help people, do what I love for a living, and adapt quickly to address new problems all at the same time. When I first came to Babson through its Summer Study for high school students and saw how everything we learned was connected to entrepreneurship, I realized Babson was for me.
My Most Memorable Lesson
The most valuable thing I have learned at Babson was from my FME teacher Professor (Yasuhiro) Yamakawa, who taught me that failure is actually a good thing. I began to meet with Professor Yamakawa outside of FME to discuss entrepreneurship and get guidance on the business I was running last year. He always says, “You failed? Oh, how lucky you are!” And, when my own business failed, I realized that the lessons I learned completely outweighed the failure. I am very grateful to have Professor Yamakawa as a mentor—with his help I learned that the most successful entrepreneurs reflect on their mistakes and apply what they learn from their failures to future ventures.
What Others Need to Know About Babson
Even though I have always thought of business ideas to solve problems, Babson has definitely helped me better understand the difference between a feasible idea and an idea that should just be a hobby. Being at Babson means that, when I have an idea for a possible venture, I can always ask people from different places with different backgrounds for their thoughts. It’s like having a global network I can rely on for unique perspectives.