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ISO tips on not thinking about salary/promotions/comparing myself to others at work. I’m pretty junior and feel like it is getting in the way of my productivity and I just feel crummy doing it.

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I was making $40k at 25. $65k at 28. $100k at 30. Compare yourself to me all day long if it makes you feel better 🤷 Honestly, consulting is made up of a lot of succesful and driven and sometimes crazy people. No good comes of comparing yourself against others. Try to keep up with the Joneses and you'll never be happy. Recognize how amazing you are in and of yourself and you'll be fine. At the end of the day, you're better off financially and career wise than the vast majority of Americans after just 5 years in consulting, which is still the start of your professional career. Also, your job does not define you. And you will drive yourself crazy if you compare yourself to people who are perceived to be "better" in one area. If you do this, there will always be someone who makes more, has a better title at your age, has a nicer house, has a happier family, etc. And half the time it's the perspective that your projecting on the situation...

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Just do the best you can thinking about how to help others not how to beat them

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Focus on what’s in front of you...not the sides or the back. And there will always be someone more successful. Are you more successful a year from now? Five years...ten years? And remember you have a long journey ahead of you.

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We all die someday. No one's gonna take their TC or bonus up their asses with em. Sorry for being an absolute nihilist. But this is how it is.

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