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Mar 31, 2012

nice.
you mention you want to work in the energy and commodities field. anything specific? S&T/ER/M&A or management consulting? Or more along the lines of a managerial/operational position?

Jun 8, 2014

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Mar 31, 2012

thanks for sharing trailmix8 - good to know your background. can you make the conference in NYC on July 28th?

Mar 31, 2012

What equipment do you fly?

Mar 31, 2012

He also is a pretty good dude in general. Congrats brother, you earned it.

If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses - Henry Ford

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Mar 31, 2012

thx for sharing!

just curious to know how you gona handle us government after your income tax

and how did you resign it? just tell your boss last friday that you are done? i will prob resign in 2 months...

Mar 31, 2012

Good luck!

Mar 31, 2012

You're awsome, congrats!

Mar 31, 2012

nice story

Power and Money do not change men; they only unmask them

Apr 1, 2012

Inspirin', brethren

Apr 1, 2012

I had the pleasure of meeting TrailMix a few years back and he is a great guy. Could not be happier for him and wish you all the best. Let me know how I can help in anyway.

I also resigned last friday

Apr 1, 2012

boss

I literally lold when I saw the picture of trail mix as your pic. You really like trail mix don't ya?

If your dreams don't scare you, then they are not big enough.

"There are two types of people in this world: People who say they pee in the shower, and dirty fucking liars."-Louis C.K.

Apr 1, 2012

Congrats! I always love reading about people who made it through unconventional ways. Thanks for sharing your story with us! :) Good luck!

Apr 1, 2012

Unlike greg smith's story this one is about a BO guy.

In conclusion: tl;dr

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Mar 31, 2012
probinganalyst:

Unlike greg smith's story this one is about a BO guy.

In conclusion: tl;dr

Unlike Greg Smith who left after 12 years, OP chose to leave after 5 years. So OP will complete is degree with Honor at INSEAD and he will make MD/COO for a booming Russian firm within 7 years. He will get offer from GS, CS, Citi "who" will beg them to expand their business in Mother Russia.

Let's say that the OP isn't like you. He knows his value and he doesn't feel insecure about his experience as a MO guy.

Guess what? The premise remains the same. OP has 7 years to make it bigger and better than Smith. While you are trolling and talking sh!t about people that you don't know, the OP will be working on his next success story.

Power and Money do not change men; they only unmask them

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Apr 1, 2012
FlakieBear:
probinganalyst:

Unlike greg smith's story this one is about a BO guy.

In conclusion: tl;dr

Unlike Greg Smith who left after 12 years, OP chose to leave after 5 years. So OP will complete is degree with Honor at INSEAD and he will make MD/COO for a booming Russian firm within 7 years. He will get offer from GS, CS, Citi "who" will beg them to expand their business in Mother Russia.

Let's say that the OP isn't like you. He knows his value and he doesn't feel insecure about his experience as a MO guy.

Guess what? The premise remains the same. OP has 7 years to make it bigger and better than Smith. While you are trolling and talking sh!t about people that you don't know, the OP will be working on his next success story.

Cool story bro. you must be a BO guy too

Mar 31, 2012
probinganalyst:
FlakieBear:
probinganalyst:

Unlike greg smith's story this one is about a BO guy.

In conclusion: tl;dr

Unlike Greg Smith who left after 12 years, OP chose to leave after 5 years. So OP will complete is degree with Honor at INSEAD and he will make MD/COO for a booming Russian firm within 7 years. He will get offer from GS, CS, Citi "who" will beg them to expand their business in Mother Russia.

Let's say that the OP isn't like you. He knows his value and he doesn't feel insecure about his experience as a MO guy.

Guess what? The premise remains the same. OP has 7 years to make it bigger and better than Smith. While you are trolling and talking sh!t about people that you don't know, the OP will be working on his next success story.

Cool story bro. you must be a BO guy too

As a matter of fact, I should have done like every one else and ignore your first cry for attention.It takes a certain presence of mind to not respond to assumptions, stereotypes and unwarranted judgments. Know which battles to fight and who to fight them with. Otherwise, rise above and keep it moving!

Power and Money do not change men; they only unmask them

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Apr 3, 2012
probinganalyst:

Cool story bro. you must be a BO guy too

I realize that you are a troll who will likely never work in the industry, but there is no shame in starting in the back office. I started my career as a temp assigned to physically file trade tickets, probably a role that is behind the back office, next to the dumpsters. I worked hard and moved up the food chain at that firm before later jumping over to investment banking at another BB. Several of the BO/MO guys that I worked with have gone on to become incredibly successful in front office roles. I have been in IB for nearly 10 years now, and I have no regrets that I started out where I did.

Apr 1, 2012

Awesome story, congrats man.

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Apr 1, 2012

omg... congrats. great humbling story.

INSEAD admit me already, i want to sit in a class with trailmix.

btw, once upon a time, long time back when b'school wasn't on my radar, i was offered a job at Salt Lake city operations to do IT. Didn't want to move from NC and had turned it down.

Mar 31, 2012

trail, awesome - will be great to meet you in person this summer. sent you a PM.

Apr 1, 2012

congrats man....this is really great...

"A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it." ~George Moore

Apr 1, 2012

Good to hear. It was a pleasure meeting you at the Energy Rodeo.

Apr 1, 2012

Trail, a buddy of mine just got back from two weeks at INSEAD yesterday. He said the place is gorgeous and he had a blast.

Apr 1, 2012

Congrats, love these stories and yours is one of the best. You seem like a stand-up guy, hope we meet before you're off to b-school.

Apr 1, 2012

So how much money did you make ?

And I personally find the CFA a useless time waster.

Jun 8, 2014
Gate_Crasher:

So how much money did you make ?

And I personally find the CFA a useless time waster.

in SLC I made a lot just because the cost of living there is non existent. Here in NY though was a lot tougher to save after all the restaurants, bar/clubs, and everything else that comes with living in the city.

I don't mind the CFA too much, passing the level 1 really did help me move to my role in NY. And if I pass the level 2, I have a much better chance of gettting out of some core classes in my MBA so I can better concentrate on some of the electives that I want to take.

Apr 1, 2012
trailmix8:
Gate_Crasher:

So how much money did you make ?

And I personally find the CFA a useless time waster.

in SLC I made a lot just because the cost of living there is non existent. Here in NY though was a lot tougher to save after all the restaurants, bar/clubs, and everything else that comes with living in the city.

I don't mind the CFA too much, passing the level 1 really did help me move to my role in NY. And if I pass the level 2, I have a much better chance of gettting out of some core classes in my MBA so I can better concentrate on some of the electives that I want to take.

Well, Good luck.

Apr 1, 2012

Congratulations--met you at the Energy Rodeo as well; look forward to seeing you in July!

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Apr 1, 2012

Russia is not in Europe..

Apr 1, 2012
lionwater:

Russia is not in Europe..

God, I hope this wasn't serious.

Apr 6, 2012
duffmt6:
lionwater:

Russia is not in Europe..

God, I hope this wasn't serious.

Well, you can see Russia from Alaska so it can't be in Europe right?

This message is brought to you by Palin for President, 2012.

Apr 1, 2012

^^^One of these guys huh?

If your dreams don't scare you, then they are not big enough.

"There are two types of people in this world: People who say they pee in the shower, and dirty fucking liars."-Louis C.K.

Apr 1, 2012

Sounds like you did pretty well, glad to hear you made it out of Bronco country intact! Best of luck at INSEAD, kick some ass man

Apr 2, 2012
trailmix8:

Now to the part about how I got to where I am today. I grew up in Colorado where my dad worked as a Taxi Cab driver and my mom stayed at home to take care of...

I fell asleep....wait for it....THERE

Moving tonnes of product. Making fat stacks.

Apr 2, 2012

That's good stuff bro! Kick ass in Europe...

"Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a Champion" - Muhammad Ali

Apr 2, 2012

My style is impetuous, my defense is impregnable, and I'm just ferocious. I want your heart, I want to eat your children, praise be to Allah!

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Jun 8, 2014
caneman9:

what do you know:

http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2012/04/02/why-i-left-...

oh boy...was not expecting that

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Apr 2, 2012
trailmix8:
caneman9:

what do you know:

http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2012/04/02/why-i-left-...

oh boy...was not expecting that

Neither was I! It's a good account though. It'll be interesting to hear you at the conference.

Apr 2, 2012

^^^ Like the above, I just saw that this got picked up by Dealbook, double whammy

Apr 2, 2012

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Apr 2, 2012

Wow.

This is a dreadfully boring humblebrag if I've ever seen one...

Apr 2, 2012
BillyRay05:

Wow.

This is a dreadfully boring humblebrag if I've ever seen one...

You trolling bro? It's all true, what's the problem? Successful people sharing their story is an inspiration and educational.

You jelly bro?

Apr 2, 2012

congrats man, great story

one question, who did you get recommendations from if they fire those in ops who they know are looking to go to bschool?

Jun 8, 2014

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Apr 2, 2012

Very inspiring. As a entry level candidate how did you distinguish yourself from the competition?

Apr 2, 2012

Very inspiring. As a entry level candidate how did you distinguish yourself from the competition?

Apr 2, 2012

Congrats and good luck.

Mar 31, 2012

Wow, you managed to get featured in the NYT. WOW.

Apr 2, 2012
Apr 2, 2012

You guys should definitely read some of the uninformed comments in NYT deal book article.

Apr 3, 2012

Reading the comments section of the NYT hmmm ridiculous.

The answer to your question is 1) network 2) get involved 3) beef up your resume 4) repeat -happypantsmcgee

WSO is not your personal search function.

Apr 3, 2012

Reading the comments section of the NYT hmmm ridiculous.

The answer to your question is 1) network 2) get involved 3) beef up your resume 4) repeat -happypantsmcgee

WSO is not your personal search function.

Apr 3, 2012

Idiots on the NYT comments:

"chris wyatt
texas:

If this person really had a good experience why did they not provide their name. Could it be a internal Goldman mole that posted the comment?

matt
TX

umm...for the same reason no one on that forum, or any other, uses their real name? He's posted over 600 times...99% of which are not about <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/company/goldman-sachs">GS</a></span>.

Or maybe you're right and <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/company/goldman-sachs">GS</a></span> created a user name (3 years ago) and systematically opined over 600x under topics ranging from square toed dress shoes to "post your favorite song here" and "too muscular for the office?" That's definitely what happened."

Thank you Matt from TX for shutting up the hater chris wyatt. Kudos to you trailmix, hope to leave a success story like yours on WSO in the future.

Apr 2, 2012
USCstudent26:

Kudos to you trailmix, hope to leave a success story like yours on WSO in the future.

Mar 31, 2012

wow, just read some of the comments...thanks to whomever was defending WSO on NY Times

Mar 31, 2012
WallStreetOasis.com:

wow, just read some of the comments...thanks to whomever was defending WSO on NY Times

Yea, that Frank from DC guy is a class act ;)

If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses - Henry Ford

Apr 4, 2012

LOL wow we're famous!! NYT must have been really slow that day. Congrats trailmix, best of luck to you in your future endeavors.

I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.

Apr 1, 2012
Neighbor:

LOL wow we're famous!! NYT must have been really slow that day.

To be fair, Kevin has written about WSO a number of times in the NYT over the past few years.

Apr 4, 2012
Edmundo Braverman:
Neighbor:

LOL wow we're famous!! NYT must have been really slow that day.

To be fair, Kevin has written about WSO a number of times in the NYT over the past few years.

Nice. Didn't know that

I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.

Apr 4, 2012

Great story, thanks for sharing. Congratulations and good luck! I'm in Russian equity research and there hasn't been a dull day yet.

Apr 4, 2012
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