Challenges and Failures

Have you ever thought about the metrics that we, as smart, frequently "target-educated" (I vomited a little in my mouth as I wrote that), set for ourselves? And more importantly, how absurd they are?

Having read WSO for a long time, lots of people, myself included, dish out advice to prospective monkeys that follows the following format: "If you are willing to give up, you clearly don't want 'X' badly enough". Usually, this advice is laden with gut shots and less-than-desirable language, but the basic gist of it is that giving up indicates one of two things: that you aren't that dedicated to IB/PE/Consulting, or that you're too insecure to ever succeed in the field evidenced by constant second-guessing and a general lack of self-confidence.