Instead of sleeping like I should’ve been doing I was scrolling Twitter and came across a tweet that I have to admit triggered me a bit.
So much so that I had to rewrite my reply to make sure it was properly measured.
Why do I refer to myself as the internet troll? Because usually I’m the one who seems to be triggering responses from people sliding into my DMs or leaving a goofy comment on something I posted.
This one was different though. Have a look to see what I mean.
I don’t know @noampomsky personally, but I resonate with her observations here. How it is that our brightest and most talented people ace the SATs and attend the best schools in the world, only to work in…. management consulting.— David Perell (@david_perell) February 18, 2021
That’s the trophy we’re chasing? pic.twitter.com/YMxExubUPf
You see, that part about management consulting got my attention because , you know… I’m a management consultant.
At first, I had type a response about how many of the companies we know wouldn’t have come with some of the innovations they had without management consultants, which I believe is true.
That felt too knee jerky though so I decided to go a different route because something about this tweet was giving me the vibe of maybe people shouldn’t be working for money. I could be wrong but that’s what I felt, and it’s important to remember that some of us who don’t come from money simply don’t have that luxury.
I don't know about trophy but it keeps you from being poor. That was my top goal coming out of college. I don't know the best answer because struggling start up doesn't seem that dreamy either, at least for where I was in life at that time.— Eric Butts (@EButtsCPA) February 18, 2021
Now I assumed a bit that David finds the start up life a more noble endeavor but that brings me to another important point, regardless of your career choice.
If you don’t like the path that a project, or someone, is taking — you should have a perspective on what the next best alternative is…
I learn best by example, so here are a couple to illustrate what I’m talking about.
Instead of doing management consulting, I think our best and brightest should focus on [XYZ] because… ABC reasons will benefit them and the people around them.
Instead of peacefully taking a knee in protest, I think people should do XYZ, because it will have these benefits for them and the people around them.
See how easy that is?
Here’s one more for the road…
Instead of waiting for when you need a job and finding a random to “edit” your resume, I think you should enroll in Breakthrough Resume Writing, because you’ll learn how to write a resume that will land you top job interviews, and you don’t have to break the bank.
It’s even better if you’re not looking for a job right now, because you can “dig your well” before you’re thirsty.