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12-16-2021 Newsletter: What we can learn from Succession

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Lessons I’ve learned: My “non-traditional” path to HBS and to private equity

“Hey what are you worst at? Success doesn’t really interest me anymore, it’s too easy. Success = analysis + capital + execution. Anyone can do that.

But failure — that’s a secret. Just as much failure as fast as possible, burn that sh*t out, now that’s interesting.”

40 out of 45 IB Analysts I’ve connected with this week have seen at least one episode of Succession, you guys should all catch up on the rest. If anything it just gives you an understanding of how entrepreneurs think, the role ego has in decision-making, and I also think Cousin Greg might be one of the funniest characters on TV.

I also get the vibes I did from GoT — I’ve had a GP in the past tell me to watch Game of Thrones, “it’ll make me better in the industry” 😂 (so of course I binged it that weekend).

Had a couple of new mentees yesterday join our January cohort for our Private Equity Crash Course Prep Package, what one said really resonated well with me:

Number 2 — Mock Interviewing: similar to our friends from Succession: FAIL AS FAST AS POSSIBLE (so you can get good at something). Mock interview all day long so when the real thing comes around, you’re ready.

Honestly though these days you don’t even need to sign-up to get started: download our LBO model test and SaaS case study for free (!) here.

  Recruiting Update

Intro conversations with HH have RAMPED up recently with many of our 1st years proactively reaching out introducing themselves to headhunters. We’re hearing of MANY 2nd years still interviewing with generalist PE, tech Growth, not to mention a couple of credit shops, public shops, and even a tech crossover fund.

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