I read a bunch of thebrofessor's posts, here's my notes on what I learned
I haven't had much use for this website since I was an undergrad, but I remember the user thebrofessor being one of the few consistently insightful and mature voices and made a mental note at some point to read his posts and see what I could learn from him. The following are notes I took for myself, so they don't include potentially valuable information I already have 100% internalized or that doesn't apply to me. Still, there's a lot of good insight here and I thought I'd just post them so other people can get a bit of benefit.
On the topic of not burning bridges, you need to be able to call coworkers 5 years later and have them remember you in a positive light
Career planning should be ultra long term, optimize for when you're 45 not 28
"I always look at what I can get better at in life, prioritize those things, and then make a plan of attack. It's an honest assessment of where my weak spots are, what's a priority for me at the moment, and then discipline and repetition until the mission's accomplished. If you adopt a mindset of constant improvement, you'll never be bored, and you'll learn a lot about yourself."
"I never miss an appointment, never return a call late, never show up late, and will outwork my competition in every way imaginable"
Be proactive as proactive about removing negative things from your life as adding positive ones
You want your rainy day fund to be about 6 months of salary
Successful people are not just knowledgeable, but they know how to sell and how to distill that knowledge into intuitive pitches
Life advice books:
Dress for success
Millionaire next door
Most wealthy people take care of their bucket list items relatively early in retirement and end up working again, but in a different career than where they made their money (second act mentioned in Managing Oneself)
Cold calling (especially as a young person) requires confidence to be taken seriously, and confidence reinforces itself with time
As important as reading is, you learn far more by doing than reading
Unlocking your legacy
How I raised myself from failure to success in selling
See you at the top
Clients for life
Your client's story
Successful telephone selling in the 90s (about cold calling but might be interesting)
One of the biggest marks of intelligence is being able to take complex topics and distill them down to simple terms
"Can I do something about it? If yes, DO IT. If no, fuggedaboudit. This simple decision tree has helped immensely."
Robo advisors will replace the worst wealth managers but not the higher quality/more specialized ones
Frequently think about things from the clients' perspective
"I know it's boring ass covid, but when you're going to get takeout, chat people up, you need to get reps in, even if it's the 195 year old chilean lady working the register at the bodega, all practice helps. you need to be able to develop good conversation out of thin air and that's a skill that takes practice and repetition. chat up uber drivers, baristas, waiters, everyone who will respond back."
Learning how to talk with your hands without looking weird is useful
Learning to tell a story to make a point is useful
Travelling means experiencing other places outside of your comfort zone
Some of the most important things I've ever done in my life were not just goal setting, but also self reflection in advance of goal setting