This is an important and wide ranging podcast around the theme of why candidates fail and some key observations from Felix in The Consulting Offer Season 1.
This podcast will discuss three major points.
Why people fail: to succeed you need to have two types of energy. Think of this energy as the currency flowing through your body. The first is ambition and the second is physical energy. If you run out of either, you are pretty much going now where in life. I see plenty of fit and healthy people with zero ambition. They have the physical ability but not the inclination to achieve anything. On the other hand, I see lots of smart people, who completely mismanage their lives and burnout, at worst, or just do not create the time to pursue their careers.
Mind & Hand: This is a derivation of the above. It is not enough to be the smartest person in the world, you actually need to do something about it. We see a lot of truly talented people who refuse to act on anything since they are afraid of failing. I know someone who once took 2 years to even apply to McKinsey even though she had the best possible resume. This delay costs them. On the other hand, we see some very average thinkers who act too soon and should spend more time thinking as they execute their career moves.
Innovators Dilemma: I borrowed this from Clayton Christensen. I don’t think he will mind. This is also a derivation of point one above. We see clients with 4.00 GPAs investing even more time and effort to bolster their GPA since this is what made them successful in the past, but they fail to realize that at a certain point, a higher GPA has little to no return. So, should that person accept a lower GPA to invest in a skill like networking or simply invest in what has worked thus far even when it is not helping any further? This applies vice versa as well.