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Never thought when I started and was making 50k that 14 years later I’d be making over a million ... consulting is funny and pretty amazing when you think about it. We are all very blessed.

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Congrats on your amazing accomplishments! But respectfully, I never understood the purpose of these types of posts where money has to be quantified.

Honestly, most of us are fortunate to be working in consulting, but we are also stressed. If someone is having a hard day, and isn’t making this type of money (and may never), it can really make them feel even worse.

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This made me laugh

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OP, I’m doubting your MO from this post. Yes, we are all fortunate and blessed to have an education, a roof over our head, job security, travel and work perks, healthcare and etc, but the majority of points A-G are applicable to lots of people I would compare myself to even outside consulting. But I think you’ve brought a lot of attention to the $1M/year you earn now. That not only puts you in the top .1% of earners but probably also top 1% within consulting as a whole. These results are not typical. I’m a measly consultant, probably 1-2 years out from even crossing the 100k mark (and I get that’s decent money and above average in the grand scheme of things). I’m not bitter at all, but I’m not getting the “inspirational post” vibe. Is that what you’re going for?

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A-G was specifically in response to the idea that another poster “didn’t feel blessed”. The 1m/yr was to say that we are in a profession where such a progression is possible and in a relatively short amount of time. It isn’t common (granted), but having the opportunity is better than if the chance was zero.

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This consultant can meme.

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Was it at the expense of your family, relationships , health, happiness, etc.? Would you do it again if you had a do over? Honest questions, not trying to be facetious

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Why ???? Don’t like your liver ?

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You’re making over a million as an MD, what firm are you working for? I need to come over.

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What is there to apologize for? 50k to 1M+ is still wild and can give someone pause when reflecting on their life. Note: this is coming from someone that's been homeless before.

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I caught the edit from "I feel very fortunate" to "we are all very blessed." Glad you're doing well, stranger, but if you've read through some of the posts here, it's not too hard to put together that your experience isn't typical.

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Yes, I also read this as “you OP are very blessed, not we” lol but congrats nonetheless!

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So..... for the record......the days OP is referring to are *long over*....great for her/him, not so great for anyone Gen Y or Z trying to “make it” in consulting. Start up those side hustles, folks, and don’t be afraid to switch firms for a better title / more money.

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I’m not at MBB

Can I have some of your money

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Hey I can decrease the thread count if it will help

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A million a year? Or a million total over the past 14 years?

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Wait so $1m per year? Or total? Dont understand your reply.

I don’t think OP is going for a weird flex. He / she is trying to be inspiring by saying he / she has made ~20x their starting salary which is pretty good. Certainly doesn’t happen for everyone and surely there are more people that it should happen to but there is opportunity in this industry to move up a class

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That was the entire point of the post - can’t think of many professions with that kind of growth opportunity (clearly no guarantee like anything in life, but it is certainly possible)

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such a tone deaf post. gross.

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MDs make a million? Since when?

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Not sure of other firms but MBB 2nd-3rd year partners easily make 1 Mil (all in) .. this is well known I thought. Also, people do make partner with 12-13 year total experience (including MBA sometimes) fairly commonly. So, not saying OP is right or wrong but the situation he/she described is completely plausible

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Hey don't listen to the trolls - his message is that you all have this same opportunity given your career choice to go into consulting and how atypical that is anywhere else. Easy to bitch and whine about day to day issues, but in the grand scheme of things you aren't going to find anything like this & that's why you stick around.

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I’m going to go out on a limb and say that people who whine about internet pronoun usage are indeed less likely to earn $1 million a year

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It is a blessed career. I can remember never thinking I would make more than 100K a year.

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Purpose of this post? I don’t get it.

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showing how big his d is.

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I agree. I started years ago at $10 am hour as a receptionist. I still can’t believe the number of zeros now in my paycheck.

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That I respect

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Maybe I have a blindspot, but I don’t feel blessed at all...

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I would suggest that the compensation as a Dr or Lawyer is not as good due to industry structure.

Having been a Csuite exec in a public company, there are many positives about consulting. If you can reach that level or beyond the first few years as a partner, compensation as a partner is not the differentiator.

The number one difference that makes consulting great is getting paid to learn from smart driven and positive people around you

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