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Anyone else just like 🤒😪 when you hear of peers having crazy former lives as Rhodes scholars, doctors, olympians, detectives, etc. and you’re just like “Ya I have an art degree and spend my weekends napping”

Like how do you compete bleh

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Not so much peers at work, but a bit outside of work. I've been a competitive swimmer since I was 5 and have also been coaching for the past 10+ years. Swimming has been a core part of my life pretty much as long as I can remember.

Anyway, I spent my teenage years in what was a swimming powerhouse area at the time and friends and acquaintances of mine from that time period swam at the 2004, 2008, and 2012 Olympics and I also knew a number of NCAA champions from 2001-2009.

We moved around a bunch growing up, so I rarely stayed in the same area for more than a year from 7-13. Once we settled down, my swimming took off, but I had too much ground to make up. Those friends and acquaintances all were local to that powerhouse area for most or all of their pre-college lives.

To this day, I still have that what-if in the back of my head, but besides that nagging little voice whenever I see them or see them post something on Facebook, it doesn't bother me at all.

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I swam for another team in Louisville, but most of my friends were on Lakeside. To this day, even with ~30 years of competitive swimming all around the country under my belt, the quarry is still probably the pool I'd say is the most fun to do a meet at. Not a technically very fast pool, but man, is that a fun facility to be at!

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Comparing yourself to others is totally useless. You cannot take your life time of accomplishment and apply one ups men ship to it...

You should compare yourself to your expectations for yourself, you should set goals and compete with yourself concerning the standards you set. You will never be able to truly compare yourself to another person's life time of experiences that lead them down that road. You will NEVER be able to duplicate their life experience so dont try, focus on your accomplishments and challenge yourself.


Anything else is a waste of time because different people contribute to society and excel differently, even in the same jobs. Your path to success should be your own.... copying some one else's is nothing anxiety inducing.

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Comparison is the thief of joy! Just be the best napper you can be.

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Your napping skills got you the same job as them so you’ve got them beat

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I mean you work at McK so you have a lot of us non-MBB people beat...

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D4 chill. The fact of the matter is people have different preferences. If consulting is your passion and you aren’t at the best place then someone has you beat. For me, consulting is only a stepping stone and I really enjoy my worklife balance at Deloitte. I wouldn’t want to work the MBB hours. Sure, my exits opps are worse, but that’s what networking is for.

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But what was your icebreaker fun fact if you didn’t bike along the amazon river or climbed the Kilimanjaro in flip flop to raise money for orphaned blind geese?

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I beat an orphan in flip cup blindfolded on a table I bought from amazon. Kinda the same thing right?

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You got the same job by just napping (that too in McK) ..you already are winning lol

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Yeah sounds like YOU won.

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This is consulting... make something up. I spoke 4 languages, managed several NGOs and founded several charities in the remit mountains of Takutu... this was before the accident. 😂 I will be oversold!!!

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But we do get hired 🤗

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I find McK does a great job at leveling the playing field. From a professional sense, nobody cares if someone is a former Olympian. People care about who they can trust on a study, who would they rather work with, etc.

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Lovely :) congrats!

i really thought this was going somewhere else... in that 'all these people have crazy impressive former lives and now we're all flipping the same stupid decks to get shoved into a desk'

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These firms are marketing geniuses when you think about it - not to clients, but to recruits

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How did you compensate for not having a fairytale background in the recruiting process? You must have had something special about you

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the secret ingredient is lying... i mean, having an imagination.

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I was a beautiful disaster in my prior life before consulting. Sometimes I think I had the right idea back then and lost myself to the "keeping up with the Jones's" mentality as I got older.

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I can relate to “beautiful disaster”

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I see those people and am like what are you doing in consulting! You have better things to be doing than formatting slides.

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Keep your head up and hone in on things that you enjoy! Flex that art degree and open up shop on Etsy! Do your thang!

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Surprised to hear this concern about past exploits and comparison with peers. Admirable, but I’m not aware it correlates to future success and happiness. Do you like what you do? Are you great at it? Do you strive to be? I teach classes of Ivy MBA candidates. Many have great back stories but I wouldn’t want some of them in mgmt consulting.

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I have friends that I wrestled with in high school and college that fight in a cage for a living.

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‘Unconscious’ bias....

You know, I’m one of those people with an eclectic background and I struggle with feelings of inadequacy too! I get insecure about things like not being married, not having kids, not owning a house, not having as much money as my peer group because I was in school for 10 years...my point is, there will always be things you have that others don’t and vice versa. Focus on the positive and be grateful for what makes you unique!

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OP it sounds like you’re maybe not so type-A in a super type-A industry and that is really cool!

It means you can be lots of different things and personally I think that’s a lot more interesting than being a “can’t-do-anything-but-constantly-overachieve” kind of McK employee ☺️

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Nah, who gives a shit? Just focus on your goals

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