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A few days ago, I met a young McKinsey consultant in New York City

Updated: Feb 18, 2022

On the face of it, he was living the dream. $250,000 salary + Manhattan Apartment + MBA from an Ivy League.

A few drinks later, he casually tells me that he hates his life. He hasn’t slept peacefully in weeks, every day is a firefight, his migraine issues have resurfaced, and the only thing he looks forward to in his life are the weekends. His Ivy League degree has put an inherent pressure to always compete with his batchmates, and do better than them.

Confusing your job as your identity is the biggest disservice you can do to yourself. Your job isn’t your life. There’s absolutely nothing nice about being overly corporate. No matter what you do in your day job, do take care of your body and mind.

Your work is simply your labor and not your entire identity.

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Author- Naman Shrivastava, Cofounder Global Governance Initiative, Ex- United Nations, Former Government of India Advisor

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