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In school, it was generally assumed that the smartest people — the ones with the best grades — were the ones who would be most successful in life. Something interesting happens about 10+ years after graduating from school. You realize that this presumed relationship between success and intellect is NOT true. Here are a few [...]

Reader Success Story: I am an avid reader of your emails. Reading your email,forms a mandatory part of my reading list, which also includes Business Week, Economist, FT, Wall Street Journal, and the Quran. I wanted to send you a quick note on how I have been able to secure a McKinsey interview, despite not knowing [...]

Video Tutorial on Networking from a World-Class Networker Important: If you are serious about long-term career success in any field, the video above should be considered mandatory viewing. The video above is hands down the best tutorial I’ve ever seen on networking. I wish I saw it years ago as I would have managed my [...]

When I left McKinsey to start my own company, a number of my McKinsey friends also left to do the same. My two back-to-back startup attempts failed. A number of my McKinsey friends’ startups succeeded, in some cases wildly so (one of them was StubHub). For the first time in my career (and actually life), [...]

When my oldest was eight years old, she decided that she wanted more money than the allowance she got from me. She thought about who else had money and noticed that her younger sisters did. She decided to figure out a way to convince her sisters to part ways with their allowance in a way [...]

One of my volunteering goals for this year has been to train to be a volunteer emergency medical first responder. I found it quite eye-opening to go through the two weeks of medical training to become a Wilderness First Responder. (Wilderness defined as more than one hour away from a hospital.) The instructor constantly drilled [...]

Recently I have received several emails from readers asking if you can be “too prepared” for a case interview. My answer is both yes and no. Let me explain. Interviewers do complain that many candidates are “too prepared,” but what they mean by this comment is not what it seems. The “too prepared” designation comes [...]

Is it possible to balance work and life as a consultant? Yes, I think it is, but you can’t always manage it when you want to manage it. There are however 5 factors that can have a huge influence on your work life balance. The first factor is the culture related to your geography (both [...]

Recently I received the following email from a reader who was rejected by McKinsey in the second round. What follows is our exchange and my advice on how to prepare for second chance interviews after a rejection. Readers Email: I have a question pertaining to second chance interviews and case interview preparation. I interviewed with McKinsey for [...]

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