Success in Life

Success Story: I want to thank you so much for the invaluable support that you gave me these past months. Yesterday, I received an offer from my top choice consulting firm. While not as prestigious as Mckinsey or BCG, the firm is top in its field when it comes to [Person’s Favorite Industry] consulting, and [...]

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the cult/culture of elitism. The entire premise of elitism is hierarchy. Those who are “elite” are presumed to be better than those that are not. Those who aren’t “elite” often feel “less than” their counterparts. An Ivy League degree makes you more elite. A larger bank account makes [...]

Some people make decisions based on their intuition or “gut” feeling. Others make decisions based purely on data and logic. Neither is wholly right or wrong, as both have problems with bias. Intuitive decisions are usually based on two things: 1) a mental model of the situation at hand; and 2) our emotional feelings about [...]

A friend of mine called me the other day to ask for career advice. In a recent reorganization, he was assigned to a new boss. The two did not get along well. The new boss kept send him emails about his failures to perform. When he would ask his boss in person for specific feedback [...]

Following is a success story I received from a new BCG hire who has some insightful tips for those still recruiting as well as my follow-up where I elaborate on the importance of perseverance and hard work in obtaining a consulting offer. Success Story: I am glad that I finally have a reason to write [...]

My oldest daughter and I have been taking a training class together for some volunteer work we want to do together later in the year. It was the first time my teenager and I have been classmates. The class consisted of 20 students, half of which were teenagers, with the other half being people in [...]

When trying to accomplish any major goal in life, rejection and obstacles are inevitable. The key is to learn from your mistakes and persist through it until you succeed. This is easier said than done. This “must see” video is a story about a person who truly inspires me. His name is Kyle Maynard and [...]

When you take a finance class, you learn the principle of asset diversification. Diversification means you’re able to maximize your overall financial return across a wide variety of market conditions while reducing your losses. By diversifying correctly, you achieve the same level of return as a less diversified set of assets BUT have a lower [...]

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 [...]

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), [...]

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