confidence

Confidence vs. Competence

Confidence (and the lack thereof) comes in two flavors: 1) Earned 2) Unearned Earned confidence comes from one source, and one source only: Competence You earn the right to feel confident about a particular skill or ability when you’ve invested the time to develop competence and mastery. For example, I have very high confidence that [...]

Self-Esteem & Feedback

To improve in your career, you need feedback. You need to know what you’re doing well and what you need to work on. The #1 reason new associates get fired at McKinsey is the inability to take feedback. Yes, it is that important. It also makes a lot of sense. The only way to grow [...]

How to Eliminate Stress from Your Life

I’ve spent most of my life under a lot of stress. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to realize that stress management is a pretty big deal. In short, stress can literally kill you. In this article, I describe my theory about the underlying root cause of stress from modern day life, and suggest a [...]

Improving Confidence

I recently landed a huge opportunity to interview one of the top star makers in Hollywood. His name is Roger Love, a celebrity voice coach, whose clients and students include:  Tony Robbins  Suze Orman  John Gray  Reese Witherspoon  Jeff Bridges  The Cast of Glee  Keira Knightley  Joaquin Phoenix  Mandy Moore  John Mayer  Demi Lovato  Tyra [...]

How to Accomplish... Anything

I recently wrote about the purpose of having a purpose and how it provides clarity in decision making. In response, I received a question about how one goes about going from Point A to Point Z when nothing seems to be working. I used to adopt a lone ranger mentality, whereby I would insist on figuring [...]

How to Develop Unshakeable Self Confidence

I’m often asked how one can project self confidence in a case interview or with senior level clients. I’m also asked how one can develop a sense of confidence after an enormous setback of some sort — “failing” at a case interview, messing up a meeting with a partner or a client, and so forth. [...]

How to Sell an Idea Effectively

In consulting or any professional service type industry, the “thing” you sell and provide to clients is intangible. Your advice, your guidance, your analysis really comes down to conveying an idea from you to your client. Unlike a tangible product, you can’t touch, taste or even smell an idea. When a client or a boss [...]

Boutique Consulting Firm Offer

Hi Victor, Thank you for your generosity on offering case interview videos for free, I recently got an offer from a boutique strategy firm after sitting through 6 rounds of case interviews, and I probably couldn’t have done it without your help. The key insights I got are actually not ways to break down a [...]