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  1. What are the 3 most important skills needed to be an investment banker?

    Investopedia lists discipline, entrepreneurial, and relationship-builder as among top five skills for investment banking. Imo these along with persistence and excellent communication are essential for bankers. What say you? Skills top 3 finance business i ...

    44 comments - 5 silver bananas - Dec 3 2016 - 11:00am -

  2. Life Goes On...

          In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life. It goes on.-Robert Frost From the outside, my life right now looks great. I graduated with high honors from one of the world's best universities, completed my b ...

    113 comments - 73 silver bananas - May 13 2016 - 9:00am -

  3. Want to Boost Your Career? Be a Leader- Not a Boss

    Mod Note (Andy): Throwback Thursday- this originally went up 8/21/13. If you haven't read Nefarious' other posts make sure to check them out, he did a good series of 3-4 posts around this time (see on his tracker page by clicking his username) K ...

    35 comments - 14 silver bananas - Nov 12 2015 - 8:30pm -

  4. A McKinsey grads eight tips for success at work

    One of my biggest pet peeves is people giving bad career advice. It drives me nuts when I see worn-out cliches like this being passed on to ambitious young professionals....... Well, no shit you have to work hard to succeed. So how does that help you solv ...

    5 comments - 7 silver bananas - Dec 1 2016 - 9:00pm -

  5. Why I Quit My Job (a.k.a. "Regrets of the Working")

    Earlier this year I quit my management consulting job after 4 years on the grind. I didn't quit to do an MBA or because I got a better job, and I didn't quit because I hated the long hours and travel. I quit because of something I read. A simple ...

    34 comments - 11 silver bananas - May 16 2015 - 12:33pm -

  6. Myers-Briggs Test & Success

    Hey monkeys, so I had the chance to take a Myers-Briggs test for the first time a couple days ago and it got me thinking about the validity of the test as well as the effect it truly has on our careers. There's been a lot of debate on this topic and ...

    129 comments - 1 silver bananas - Nov 8 2016 - 3:49pm -

  7. What You Should've Done by 21: a Controversial Guide to a Realistic Outlook

    Mod note (Andy): Throwback Thursday, this post originally went up on 7/11/12. I promised a few people some long overdue wisdom, but haven't had the motivation lately to actually write something up. But after reading this post, I'm inspired to wr ...

    124 comments - 47 silver bananas - Jun 24 2015 - 5:33am -

  8. My not-so-secrets to success

    Mod note (Andy): Throwback Thursday, this post originally went up on 3/2/12. In the past few months, I've been approached on a few occasions by college-aged folks asking the typical question: how to succeed on the street from a less-than-stellar unde ...

    91 comments - 52 silver bananas - Mar 26 2015 - 7:00am -

  9. How Finance is like Professional Sports

          If you look at elite athletes of virtually any sport, they almost always share one thing in common: they started playing the sport at a fairly young age. Sure, there are exceptions, but very rarely do you see a world-class athlete who ...

    37 comments - 8 silver bananas - Oct 1 2015 - 12:28pm -

  10. Technical Skills Aren’t Going To Get You To Partner, But This Will

    Devastated. That's the only word I can use to describe it. I was totally devastated. I had just gotten off the phone with my VP. It was the summer of 2008, the shit was hitting the fan in the world of finance, and I had just been told I wasn't g ...

    46 comments - 16 silver bananas - Jun 24 2015 - 6:14am -

  11. How I Limit Anxiety, Stress, and Regret

    A few weeks ago I wrote a post for WSO that received a lot of traffic and comments: Why I Quit My Job (a.k.a. "Regrets of the Working"). I talked about how the story of a palliative care nurse and the top 5 regrets of her dying patients led me t ...

    9 comments - 7 silver bananas - Jun 14 2015 - 8:08am -

  12. From Homeless and Parentless to Harvard

    Inspirational story about the adversity Zack Hodges overcame. Left Parentless and Homeless, Harvard Star's Amazing Journey May Lead to the NFL success ...

    17 comments - 3 silver bananas - Apr 25 2015 - 5:22am -

  13. Leverage and success

          What drives success? Everyone who succeeds credits something different for their success. Some credit hard work. Others credit being in the right place at the right time. Some credit parents, friends, a boss, a wife, the list goes on. ...

    17 comments - 14 silver bananas - Apr 12 2015 - 9:10am -

  14. 4 Lessons Tennis Has Taught Me

    For you monkeys out there who have played the game of tennis, you know it's a peculiar sport. As with any other competitive endeavor, tennis can be incredibly infuriating one moment and immensely gratifying the next. Perhaps it is this state of flux ...

    30 comments - 5 silver bananas - Apr 12 2014 - 11:00am -

  15. How I Lost A Million Dollars

    Mod Note: WSO readers qualify for a $100 discount to Jared's The Daily Dirtnap newsletter...just email [email protected] and mention "WSO Monkey Discount" You can follow Jared on twitter at @dailydirtnap I worked on Wall Street. I had a ...

    29 comments - 10 silver bananas - Apr 18 2014 - 1:10pm -

  16. What's the biggest turnaround (personal or professional) you pulled off in your life, and how did you do it?

    Like the age-old cliche-but-quality interview question: "Tell me about a time you overcame adversity." Except you're pseudonymous on here and not battling HR. Just saying. failure success Life general turnaround ...

    3 comments - 1 silver bananas - Nov 23 2016 - 1:13am -

  17. 2 steps to killing it in 2016 (Pt 2)

          Hopefully you had a chance to do part one of this exercise that you can find here. There you reviewed 2015, in particular focusing on re-living the ways that you killed it and could have killed it more, even imagining that you had...T ...

    6 comments - 6 silver bananas - Jan 5 2016 - 8:04am -

  18. Bouncing back from a low point in your career--how do you guys do it?

    Hi guys: I was wondering if you can share your experience bouncing back from a low point in your career. Either the times when you felt that you made the wrong career choices (maybe you chose career path A but really should've gone on to career ...

    27 comments - 0 silver bananas - Nov 9 2014 - 2:00pm -

  19. After all the hardwork, it paid off

    Non-target story where I landed a good offer. Moral though is Non targets if you're reading this: This process is much harder than most believe. Do not underestimate the amount of luck involved which means you need to have the part you control 100% d ...

    33 comments - 17 silver bananas - Jun 24 2015 - 6:07am -

  20. 5% of People Need to Earn over $200,000 a Year to Feel Successful..

    Good to know WSO firmly represents that 5% (Granted, not sure how many monkeys on here are actually on CareerBuilder). @"AndyLouis" This had to be a poll on here at one point, right? It always amuses how different industries breed different leve ...

    43 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jul 27 2014 - 1:01am -

  21. 7 Habits of Highly Effective CFA Candidates

    This article is originally from 300Hours.com. You can read the full article here. ...

    15 comments - 0 silver bananas - Mar 4 2015 - 9:50am -

  22. Is the competition for banking artificially inflated?

    Everyone's input is welcome, but I'd really like to hear from veterans in this post--those above age 30 who have fully developed careers and lives. ...

    45 comments - 0 silver bananas - Feb 3 2014 - 12:58am -

  23. What kind of kids do you think will be the most successful in the long run?

    From what I've seen:-Students of lower middle class that made it to a top 20-Students that screwed up in HS then picked their shit back up together later on success ...

    31 comments - 0 silver bananas - Nov 29 2013 - 11:42pm -

  24. What Do You HAVE To Accomplish?

    Andy note: "Best of Eddie"- while Eddie is on vacation we're throwing up some of his classic posts from the past. This one is originally from Nov. 2010. If there's an old post from Eddie you'd like to see up again shoot me a messa ...

    46 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jul 4 2012 - 7:45am -

  25. Success Story- Thanks WSO!!!

    Thanks, WSO! I finally had sex for the first time last night. It took a lot of effort and persistence but I finally did it. I couldn't have done it without the great advice I received on WSO. Looking back on my experiences, my advice for prospective ...

    42 comments - 25 silver bananas - Jul 11 2015 - 4:02am -

  26. Setting Yourself Up For Success by NGAF

    : I Don't Give a F***, Hence I am successful- Unknown. They say birds of a feather flock together. You are often judged by your circle of friends, who you hang around with, and what your actions are. I have done so many things I had no bus ...

    14 comments - 0 silver bananas - Dec 29 2014 - 5:24am -

  27. From non-target to masters in management to boutique consulting to IB

          After a lot of struggling I made it to the promised land. I'll be joining a super-regional bank's capital market arm as an associate. I first came to WSO as a clueless undergrad that was at the epitome of a non-target. I did ...

    6 comments - 0 silver bananas - Oct 13 2015 - 10:44pm -

  28. So You Made It to Banking, Now What?

    Congratulations!!! You made it into investment banking. Of course early on you're excited and just want to spend 100+ hours in the office to impress everyone and get that top bucket bonus, but how do you really get the most mileage out of your 2 year ...

    17 comments - 11 silver bananas - Dec 7 2012 - 1:45pm -

  29. How much sh*t do you have to go through?

          WSO, They say not to give up and that you'll succeeded, but how much sh*t do you have to go through? How many times do you have to fail in order to succeed? Need motivation monkeys, dont post YouTube videos of athletes or pornsta ...

    73 comments - 1 silver bananas - Dec 13 2012 - 7:59am -

  30. Leaving Banking. Fold.

    When I was in banking, I lost nearly PS17,000 spread betting on the Goldman Sachs SEC trial. I lost another gut wrenching chunk of money in Vegas playing poker with the big boys. Sucks right? But "life is long, I'll win it back". And so I w ...

    34 comments - 2 silver bananas - Apr 28 2013 - 7:45pm -

  31. Thank you WSO! Got my FT Offer! ADVICE NEEDED

    Where do i even start..I learned so much from this forum. The brutally honest opinions, sincere willingness to help, the technical information and random tips on everything has been absolutely crucial for me landing this offer. Coming from a non-tar ...

    27 comments - 5 silver bananas - Jun 12 2013 - 6:45pm -

  32. Why bother being good?

          WHY BOTHER BEING GOOD? Everyday the newspaper tells the same depressing stories. Youth crime, corporate tax-avoidance, dishonest lawyers, selfish bankers, mass genocide, needless wars, countless violent acts of extreme hatred, rape, o ...

    33 comments - 5 silver bananas - Mar 23 2013 - 10:45am -

  33. Does Society Use the Wrong Metrics to Judge Success?

    Over the last year or so, I've found myself becoming increasingly interested in understanding what drives people to do the things that they do. From my friends, to my colleagues, to leaders in business, and professional athletes. I find myself fascin ...

    20 comments - 1 silver bananas - Jul 10 2012 - 4:45pm -

  34. can i still make it into banking at what point do i give up please advise

         . analyst Banking failure job investment non-target stories dream success ...

    13 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jan 8 2016 - 3:36pm -

  35. A King in Name Only

    In the wake of the Dallas Mavericks seemingly improbable NBA title run I feel compelled to do a little preaching. For the credential part of my presentation I will say that I was never very good... at anything that is. I never got a job people would envy. ...

    37 comments - 5 silver bananas - Jun 14 2011 - 12:46pm -

  36. The Price of Success: Friends

    Throughout the past few years I've noticed that some of my closest relationships have deteriorated as it became more clear that I was on a fast-track in Finance while others were languishing with bad grades and not-so-prestigious (or non-existent) in ...

    72 comments - 2 silver bananas - Mar 28 2012 - 8:51am -

  37. Losers Can Win

    Hey Monkeys, I'm a long time lurker and a first time poster on WSO. Please note that this post will revolve around my journey to investment banking. This sort of story has become much more typical, but I still think it has enough merit to be shared. ...

    8 comments - 4 silver bananas - Nov 20 2014 - 3:52pm -

  38. Monday Motivation: PTJ

    Even if you haven't seen Office Space by now, you have certainly experienced a case of the Mondays at some point in time. This downtrodden feel is exacerbated for many monkeys unhappy with their careers or (in current times) the inability to start on ...

    21 comments - 0 silver bananas - Apr 4 2011 - 11:56am -

  39. Inspiration: How Bad Do You Want It? (Success)

          How badly do you want to succeed? Do you actually live, breathe, think, and sleep for success... or are you simply mouthing the words, going through the motions, living a very lie? This is pretty powerful. I don't like talking ab ...

    32 comments - 0 silver bananas - Dec 15 2011 - 4:24pm -

  40. Non Target Success Story: MBB Summer Intern

          This site has really been an amazing help along my career path and I felt that it was necessary to try and give back to the community and hopefully give some hope to the fellow non targets out there that are trying to break in. I also ...

    22 comments - 6 silver bananas - May 11 2012 - 10:47pm -

  41. Weekend Wars: Outliers vs. Outliers

    I'm ambivalent towards Malcolm Gladwell's definition of an outlier. Better yet, I have always thought an interesting argument to exist between the best-selling book's two major points. What is better to possess in abundance, luck or skill? ...

    19 comments - 0 silver bananas - Oct 17 2010 - 10:53am -

  42. Wharton's most popular and youngest-tenured professor says the most successful people are Givers

    Adam Grant, who is the youngest tenured professor and single highest-rated teacher at The Wharton School, has an unconventional philosophy on what makes people successful. He says that the most successful people are givers, not "matchers" ...

    14 comments - 1 silver bananas - Jan 21 2014 - 9:39pm -

  43. Does an M7 MBA guarantee success?

          I've been wondering about this for a while and I apologize if I come off as being ignorant. Personally, I've never met a top MBA graduate who ended up jobless after graduation. Does every graduate earn financial success? Wha ...

    13 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jul 12 2013 - 3:51pm -

  44. Mentors- Great article

          great article, especially the last bit on mentors. http://www.lifeonthebuyside.com/wall-street-outlier/ hedge fund success billionaire ...

    7 comments - 0 silver bananas - Apr 22 2016 - 7:40pm -

  45. Life after Investment Banking, part 2

    I just wanted to reply to a few of the comments on my first post... http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/life-after-i... 1. I don't know what else I could do The picture on this post is an entry I wrote in my journal one hour after walking of the do ...

    26 comments - 4 silver bananas - Apr 26 2012 - 10:28am -

  46. what skills are actually needed for success?

    I am a recent college graduate and I've found that most things I've learned in college are pretty useless (Econ major). In terms of success in the business world, say anything in finance and tech (non-technical), what skills do you really ...

    7 comments - 0 silver bananas - May 11 2014 - 6:23pm -

  47. MBA VS. Starting a business

          Hi all, Before you all opine and tear me and my ideas to shreds, I just want you all to know that my goals differ from the goals most people have. My only goal in life is to become a successful entrepreneur, something my father and fo ...

    3 comments - 0 silver bananas - Nov 9 2015 - 7:26pm -

  48. Weekend Wars: Top of Heap vs. Bottom of Barrel

    Every last one of us wants to make it to the top. In a hypercompetitive environment such as Wall Street that desire is maximized to a degree which is difficult to define. Some want to prove their worth, some are just money hungry, others seek security, ot ...

    8 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jul 17 2011 - 1:45pm -

  49. Many Thanks, Sirs and Madams of WSO- Non-Target Graduate, BB MO to MM IBD Success

          Just a shout out to thank all of the (helpful) denizens of this site; due in large part to your advice and musings, I, a non-target grad, just successfully obtained an offer to lateral from a MO Finance position at a BB (less than 1 y ...

    18 comments - 1 silver bananas - Jun 12 2011 - 5:17pm -

  50. finally got a job

    After beginning the application process in the first week of September, I finally got an offer at a reputable boutique in NYC a month and two weeks after it all started. I applied to around 40-50 investment banks through a combination of campus recruiting ...

    25 comments - 0 silver bananas - Oct 18 2010 - 8:31am -

  51. Success: How bad do you want it?

          http://www.wimp.com/wantsuccess/ just thought i'd share this video. success ...

    15 comments - 0 silver bananas - Sep 6 2011 - 4:33pm -

  52. Walk-in "cold call" Success Story

    Moderator note (Andy): This success-story update was posted in the orignal thread ("Walk-in "cold call" question") by DJBanker. SirTradesaLot and I thought it should be added to the homepage for those who never saw it. Hello Monk ...

    6 comments - 1 silver bananas - Nov 30 2012 - 11:25pm -

  53. Help needed regarding career decision.

    Hey Guys! This is my first post, so be nice:) I am a 23 year old Indian guy, who wants to achieve big things in life. I am extremely confused regarding what I should pursue as a career option. I have lost my interest in computer programming, and find it v ...

    2 comments - 0 silver bananas - Apr 2 2016 - 1:37pm -

  54. How to Be Successful Part I: Practicing Power Posing

    "There are more fakers in business than in jail."-- Malcolm Forbes ...

    6 comments - 1 silver bananas - Aug 20 2013 - 2:18pm -

  55. What you really need to succeed

    IQ is not the most important factor in determining success. Other factors such as Moral Intelligence, Body Intelligence and EQ tend to be more predictive of success. Almost 85% of financial success is determined by your personality, negotiation and commun ...

    9 comments - 0 silver bananas - Apr 25 2012 - 10:49am -

  56. Question for consultants

          After an engagement is over do you ever have to follow up, say 1,3,5 years down the road to see how things turned out, or is it more of if the company doesn't come back to you, then you did a good job? success engagement ...

    6 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jul 4 2013 - 5:38am -

  57. Complete non-target to Buyside Research Associate- Thanks!

    I go to a complete non-target state school in California with no name recognition and no notable alumni (not accepted to UCLA or even UCSD). My GPA is mediocre (3.6) and we have no on-campus recruitment services for any finance positions. ...

    10 comments - 1 silver bananas - Dec 5 2011 - 12:48pm -

  58. What % do you consider a success?

          *(disclosure: I tried searching but nothing really relevant popped up) For traders: How do you know you are successful? Is there a % return you have to hurdle to consider you are better than having some fund manage money? What is that ...

    6 comments - 0 silver bananas - May 5 2013 - 9:58pm -

  59. Are You An ENTJ (Extraverted Intuitive Thinking Judging)?

    Portrait of an ENTJ (Extraverted Intuitive Thinking Judging) The Executive As an ENTJ, your primary mode of living is focused externally, where you deal with things rationally and logically. Your secondary mode is internal, where you take things in primar ...

    20 comments - 1 silver bananas - Jun 18 2009 - 4:20pm -

  60. SA 2012- how has it been for you so far?

    Hey guys, The 2012 SA recruiting is underway. I propose to start this topic and to share your progress with everyone. What are your stats? How many banks have you applied for (BB, MM, boutique)? How long ago have you applied? Have you heard from anyone ye ...

    9 comments - 0 silver bananas - Dec 26 2011 - 12:00pm -

  61. the key to IBD success

          Give three words for the key to success in the IB industry, For me, it's character, perserverence and luck success ...

    14 comments - 0 silver bananas - Apr 16 2010 - 7:53am -

  62. Non-Traditional Paths to Success in Today's World

          Disregard this thread. I'd like it to be deleted. See my last post success non-traditional ...

    6 comments - 1 silver bananas - Feb 21 2013 - 7:43pm -

  63. Finally got an Internship!

    I'm a sophomore in college and I recently accepted an offer to do data analytics this summer at a major financial services/insurance firm (non-banking) I know that I haven't yet achieved my ultimate goal of a BB IB full time offer; however, I ju ...

    4 comments - 0 silver bananas - May 11 2014 - 7:43am -

  64. My somehwat unconventional path to SA position

    So I was just reading through some of the other success stories and felt I should share mine. I got and offer and accepted for JPM IM SA. I graduated in May 2010 from a non-target (business administration w/ a concentration in finance) and essentially had ...

    10 comments - 0 silver bananas - Feb 28 2011 - 3:12pm -

  65. Changing Habits

    I decided six days ago to create a blog, about student life, just to try something new. I was editing the most recent post which is due to be posted at a later time today and decided to share it with all of you first. Hope you enjoy it. Preparing for a Ne ...

    7 comments - 0 silver bananas - May 21 2012 - 2:16am -

  66. What is the point?

    Hi I want to work in IB for the same reasons as majority of you: prestige, money, exit opps. But sometimes I think what is the point? What is the point in all this prestige that you will have in the end? ...

    5 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jun 8 2013 - 5:44pm -

  67. Stories of late bloomers

    This thread is inspired by a post in another thread. I love hearing stories of people who were considered "underachievers" and "mediocre" when they were younger and then eventually end up being successful. Back in high school, i knew t ...

    11 comments - 0 silver bananas - May 9 2010 - 1:59pm -

  68. Small victories, lets here em

          Small Victory this evening: Spent weekend creating then revising the n^nth revision for a deal teed up in our pipeline. Finally happy with revisions this morning, shower then eat lunch, try to revise again. Can't. Ok ready to sen ...

    4 comments - 2 silver bananas - Apr 22 2013 - 12:58am -

  69. interview success rate?

          just curious what most ppl's normal success rate is for interviews for standard analyst / associate / trader roles at established firms, what is a normal interview success rate for a normal, qualified candidate? For instance, if ...

    8 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jan 1 2010 - 3:23am -

  70. Dan and Dave 2010

    Some weeks back I had dinner with two old friends from high school. We wound up hanging out with some college girls and my boys struck out hard with the two 19-year olds of the group; much to my simultaneous amusement and chagrin. You see, my guys are nam ...

    4 comments - 0 silver bananas - Oct 5 2010 - 11:26am -

  71. UBS Whistleblower paid 104mil

    Read this article today on WSJ, really quite awesome. Thought you guys might be interested if you haven't seen it. Let me know what you think http://online.wsj.com/article/SB100008723963904440... A former UBS AG banker who helped the U.S. government ...

    4 comments - 0 silver bananas - Sep 12 2012 - 10:56pm -

  72. Summer Video. Have a good weekend!

          Hey.. New video for you guys if interested. It's a video of my last 9 months, recorded on iPhone, over a piano cover I've done of the #1 UK dance track. Hope you like! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IXWBDRby3o&feature.. ...

    4 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jun 22 2012 - 11:32am -

  73. Transfer Student at Ivey- Keys to Success?

    Hi Guys, So after 3 months of intense thought, I finally decided on transferring to Ivey for the HBA program from a non-target (my school should not be hard to figure out) this September. Having been probably been one of the most difficult decisions of my ...

    4 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jul 9 2011 - 11:09pm -

  74. Success: Individualism vs. Collectivism

    I get the feeling that a lot of people on this site do not believe in themselves to go about and achieve their goals on their own. Rather they sob about not getting into top MBA programs or a position at a BB and thus their life is hopeless because they&# ...

    4 comments - 0 silver bananas - Apr 16 2011 - 5:15pm -

  75. Excelling as a first year consultant

          I'll be starting my IT consulting career in a Big 4 soon and was wondering what separates high performers from low performers? I would assume that most of the people I will be working with are all very competent and hardworking s ...

    0 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jul 6 2015 - 2:57pm -

  76. NYU Housing Decision

          Anyone have any idea when you should expect to hear back as to whether there was space available/you got a room? NYU success dorms bed ...

    2 comments - 0 silver bananas - Apr 1 2011 - 5:46pm -

  77. The audacity to work on a team

    Hello again WSO! A couple weeks ago I posted my story of how I went from non-target to MBB, and while I tried to input this lesson in that post, I realized I did not do a very good job. Today I will be telling you about why it is more impressive, " a ...

    0 comments - 0 silver bananas - Mar 2 2015 - 11:54pm -

  78. Ready to Enter the Jungle

          I created an account on here because I work at a fast food restaurant and make $11 an hour. 18, and ready to make money. I dont have any background in business, which is why I created an account, to seek a mentor and teach me the ways ...

    0 comments - 0 silver bananas - Feb 1 2015 - 6:05pm -

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