John Strelecky was born and grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. As a youngster, he dreamed of being an adventurer and traveling the world.
For almost a decade, he held two and three jobs at a time–trying to make enough money to pay for training to become a pilot.
After attending Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and working for two years, his dream was suddenly and permanently taken away because of a rare medical condition.
“ Sometimes we have to lose what feels like everything, to find what really is everything. ”
In an attempt to chart a new path for his life, he applied to the prestigious Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. He was denied due to– “a lack of significant work experience.”
After writing a “You have got to be f*cking kidding me” letter to the admissions office, in which he vented his life’s frustrations, he spent the next six months trying to find some sort of footing.
To his amazement, at the end of the six months, he received a letter telling him he’d been admitted to the program for that fall.