Success in Life

In every system, there’s a point where the system can not do more. In a car, this limit is denoted by the gauge that measures the engine’s revolutions per minute (RPM). When you step on the accelerator, the RPMs zoom up. However, you’ll notice the top end of the gauge is marked in red. This [...]

Sometimes, life throws us an obstacle. In the moment, most people’s reaction (mine included) is to get irritated at the obstacle and at the detours needed to overcome it. To paraphrase the late Steve Jobs, all the “detours” (my word choice, not his) make sense in hindsight, even if they don’t in the moment. Through [...]

Question: First, let me tell you that LOMS has been of great help. It was interesting and very concise. Thanks to it, I was able to get an offer from BCG and Oliver Wyman. I really enjoyed meeting the consultants, but ultimately feel BCG is a better fit. In any case, I have a question for you [...]

I was recently holding office hours for my Inner Circle members. One of my members asked me what to do about a lack of confidence in his financial modeling skills. He was concerned that his insecurity around this area would hold him back. I asked him a simple question. “Are you good at financial modeling [...]

Over the last week or so, I’ve been watching people’s reactions to 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg. A year ago, she led a protest of one person (herself) against the lack of action world leaders have made versus climate change. She recently led a protest involving upwards of 4 million people around the world for [...]

Success Story: I am most certain that you receive hundreds of emails from people world-wide expressing their thanks for your provision of case study materials. My email is of a similar nature. I came across your website after being unsuccessful in my final round interviews with one of the MBB firms, and receiving feedback that I needed [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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