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One of our fantastic graduate consultants caught me off guard this week by asking me to share with him some of the things I wish I had known when I started my consulting career some 15 years ago. Having not thought about this previously I answered poorly! so I wanted to follow up having thought through the answer to this question. I thought this was quite a good answer so wanted to share!
1. Nothing is EVER as bad as it seems
I cringe when I think about the amount of time I spent worrying about the ramifications of a mistake or a missed deadline. Sleepless nights. Mind racing 24x7. Nothing was ever as bad as it seemed at the time. Treat each failure as a learning opportunity and get over it! Others certainly will.
2. The HARD work is ABSOLUTELY worth it
I’ve always had a great work ethic and the extra effort has always served me well. I regret none of the late nights and weekends that I put into my career. If I was putting in extra hours I was generally doing something outside...