How to stop bragging about being an "Investment Banker?"Subscribe
I have a big problem. I like bragging to people how awesome and cool I am. I like saying that I'm an Investment Banker without anyone really asking, even though I'm just an A1 analyst at a MM firm. It's super douchey and I hate myself but I can't help it. How do I stop this impulsive behavior? The work I do is not rocket science, nor is it glamorizing to actual Finance professionals who do the same shit I do. I build slides and plug-in inputs into a model but for some reason, I think I'm soooo much cooler than everyone else. Oh, look at me, I can stay up till 4am, turning over some comments my VP made like, "Delete the extra space here." I'm soooo cool, please show me affection. It's even cost me some ass because females turn away and go, "Ugh..this douche bag again," every damn time. At first, I didn't realize that to be the case but now, I'm very much aware of it. That is the reason. What else could it be?
Me: "Hey what's up?"
Somebody: "Going great. HBU"
Me: "Yea, so you know that I'm an Investment Banker right?"
Me: "...that's it"
I'm obviously exaggerating here with a bit of humor but I really do hate this habit. I talk to some people and you wouldn't even tell he/she graduated from HYP, makes $400-$500k as a PE Associate/VP, and serves on a non-profit board at age 26 meanwhile, I can't stop telling the world I'm an "Investment Banker." I want to be like those guys/girls. I want to be lowkey. I want to stop my addiction of trying to be the "coolest" in the room by mentioning "Investment Banker." When people not familiar with Finance speak with me, they think I'm balling like that scumbag from "The Wolf of Wall Street" but in reality, I'm living in a cramped space in Manhattan, with 4 other "cool Investment Banking A1s." They say self-awareness is key to success, and I'm as I mentioned earlier, very much aware of this.
Maybe it's the Non-Target pride at breaking into the industry after rigorous networking and relationship building. How do I level up to a "Target" mentality of just being "KEWL" and shutting my mouth when no one asked? Do I need to get my MBA at HYPW after my Analyst stint to be educated on the "Target" mentality and finally humble myself for once? Would that make it even worse knowing my personality?