A Letter to a Chimp

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Dear My Little Chimp,

Slow down, child. I know you are just starting that BB investment banking job and are looking to move into private equity, or you just started that biz dev role and are studying for the GMAT so you can get into B-school, but first, you have a lot of work to do.

You're off on a fun adventure, though it may not seem like it every single day. You're being paid to learn various skills that will continue to make you money and provide a certain level of security for the remainder of your life. You may find some days you're the ball, but other days you're the Louisville Slugger. Some days you're the windshield. Some days you're the bug. Ride the waves.

If you can last through the late hours, challenging personalities, lack of sleep, and self-inflicted poor nutrition (because, let's be real, you can choose to eat healthy foods and drink in moderation), many doors will open to you. And these doors are not limited to suit-wearing jobs in New York City. You're showing the world that you can compete professionally with the big dogs. You're not in triple-A anymore.

So you want to develop your professional skills, do you? Well the best time to start was yesterday, but don't expect that tomorrow you're a God in constructing lbo models and designing proprietary trading algorithms. Do you walk home from your first visit to the gym in months and become furious when you don't have a six-pack? No, Braverman's hard body took years to develop. Step by step. So keep up your commitment to personal development, but remember: things take time.

Staying caught in the weeds will only make you frustrated if you're trying to go fast. The last thing that you, Mr. Future-Hedge-Fund-Manager-of-the-Year, want to do is to change the template of these PPT slides from Sky Blue to Lark Blue. So take a deep breath, and knock that sucker off your to-do list as fast as humanly possible. Learn how to be efficient with the tasks you don't like to do so you can focus on the big things, the things that matter to you. Keep your head up and your eyes on the prize.

Patience is perhaps your greatest asset that you don't know you possess in abundance, my little chimp. Know the difference between what you can control and what you cannot. You will amaze yourself by how stoic and even-tempered you will become.

From day one, all your contemporaries will be chirping about their next this, the future that, the upcoming big break. Resist this urge. If you want to move on soon, then take the necessary steps other monkeys have outlined before you, but please, understand that walking slowly is not always a sign of infirmity. In fact, it is a sign of confidence.

Yours truly,

A Monkey That Was Once In Your Shoes

Mod Note (Andy): Throwback Thursday - this post originally went up 9/17/13

Comments (40)

Sep 17, 2013

Awesome post! Thank you so much for posting this. Enjoyed reading it and I really felt it should be a must read for all college seniors aspiring to work on Wall Street.

+1 SB!

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Sep 17, 2013

NiuShi - Goes to Asia and turns into Master Shifu. *Inner peace*

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Sep 18, 2013

A letter can't get any better than this.

Nothing is true; everything is permitted.

Sep 18, 2013

thanks

Sep 18, 2013

Amen to that

Sep 18, 2013

This is gold!

"I do not think that there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature."

Sep 18, 2013

zen +1

Sep 18, 2013

That was what i need. Thanks

Sep 18, 2013

This is a Great Post, I just interviewed at JP Morgan and I needed this post; let's see How it Goes!!!

Sep 18, 2013

Great post.

Sep 18, 2013

Insightful! Good post.

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Sep 19, 2013

Good post.

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Sep 19, 2013

Well done!

Sep 19, 2013

'Bravermans hard body' lmao

Sep 19, 2013

meh

Sep 20, 2013

Great posting, I needed to read something like this.

Sep 20, 2013

silver banana

Sep 20, 2013

Amen

Sep 21, 2013

Already in the process of doing that but no I banking job :(. Sucks to be me? Naaa... I wouldnt be that sure (never mind the fact that I made that comment, but details .. what do they have to do in IBanking) if I were you.

Sep 21, 2013

even better when drunk.

Sep 21, 2013

Thank you for this great post! Inspiring!

Sep 21, 2013

Thank you for the reminder. Needed it!

Sep 25, 2013

Sincere Thank You.

Sep 26, 2013

Your career IS NOT a sprint

Sep 26, 2013

Thank you big chimp.

Regards,
Little Chimp

Sep 27, 2013

Very zen-like......and very true
Great post

Sep 28, 2013

Great post! Thank you very much!

Sep 29, 2013

thanks

"The cheaper the crook, the gaudier the patter"

Sep 29, 2013

love the "hard body" part

Sep 30, 2013

Without sounding like a sycophant, I would totally SB this guy if I had any. In any case, great post.

Jan 10, 2014

Awesome post really! Inspiring!

Jun 26, 2014

"Understand that walking slowly is not always a sign of infirmity. In fact, it is a sign of confidence."

I almost cried reading this post. SB-ed.

Jun 26, 2014

+1 thanks so much for the perspective from a chimp about to start

Jun 26, 2014

also just beautifully written and beautiful to read (not even joking)

Jul 20, 2017

Thanks, this really helps to put things into perspective and remind us all to take our time.

Jul 20, 2017

Good stuff!!!

Jul 22, 2017

awesome!

Jul 25, 2017

great letter, refreshing to hear that im not as far behind career-wise as i thought

Aug 29, 2017
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