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The Bigs: The Secrets Nobody Tells Students and Young Professionals About How to Find a Great Job, Do a Great Job, Be a Leader, Start a Business, Stay Out of Trouble, and Live A Happy Life Hardcover – April 21, 2014
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From the Inside Flap
What is The Bigs?
In baseball, “the bigs” is slang for the big leagues. When you become responsible for yourself, and you are being paid to do a job, you are in the big leagues. The real world is tough, competitive, and a lot is expected of you.
This is a quintessentially American story of one man’s journey through his career and life. Wall Street veteran Ben Carpenter chronicles the people he met, the experiences he had, the mistakes he made, and the lessons he learned along the way. Readers will encounter a colorful cast of real-life characters which include Big Hank, Hoops, Sweater Girl, The Zombies, Mr. Nuts, The Cheese, Deep Throat, and The RAT. Their tales illuminate Carpenter’s progress from newly minted liberal arts graduate, to the owner of a wild bar in Manhattan, to the CEO of a major Wall Street firm.
While the real world can be very fun, it’s also very much a battle, and that battle is not easy for anyone. The Bigs is an eye-opening book with specific, comprehensive, and practical advice you won’t hear anywhere else. This is a book that parents will want to read and give to their children – and their children will want to read and share with their friends.
From the Back Cover
An honest and heartening account of personal growth and professional success
The Bigs is Ben Carpenter’s first-hand account of his life’s journey that started with a tumultuous childhood of frequent moves and the downward spiraling of his family’s finances. From this precarious beginning, Ben tells how he progressed from a naïve liberal arts graduate, to the owner of an out-of-control bar in Manhattan, to the CEO of a major international investment company. The book originated as a list of instructions for the author’s daughter as she was preparing to start her first job after college. Eventually, that list evolved into The Bigs, an invaluable guide for all college students, young professionals, and anyone seeking the hard-earned wisdom of a man who has won and lost many battles while winning the war of personal fulfillment.
In addition to being a captivating story, The Bigs tells you all the specific real world secrets you need to know — for instance, how to:
- Get internships and stand out as an intern
- Get informational interviews and turn them into job interviews
- Get that great job even when competing against more qualified candidates
- Get promoted by being identified as a leader
- Have fun and be happy while working hard to achieve your hopes and dreams
During your 16-plus years of school, you have read countless books that provided you a valuable academic education, but did little to further your knowledge of how the real world works. In this highly entertaining book, The Bigs will bring you up to speed with unique stories and advice that will give you all the tools you need to survive, thrive, and have fun in the big leagues of life.
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18 months ago I was a Junior at The Ohio State University studying finance. I had a 3.3 GPA, few connections to the industry, and a large stack of Summer Analyst rejection letters from Citi, Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, Barclays, and the rest. I had an insatiable drive to get where I wanted to be. I had the capacity and personality to work for these companies and for their intelligent people. I was in the car - foot down on the gas pedal to get to my destination. The problem was that I had to keys, and my car was stationary. That is, until I was gifted The Bigs.
Since, I networked myself into internships at UBS Wealth Management and Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management. My second internship went so well - predominantly thanks to the lessons outlined in the book - that I was hired back to Morgan Stanley full-time as a Financial Advisor Trainee in New York City. In four years I will be managing millions of clients' dollars and living my dream that, at one time, I thought would never come true.
The Bigs was instrumental to my success and continues to serve as a guiding tool throughout my career. I will forever be grateful to Ben for sharing is wisdom with eager young men and women everywhere; and to his daughter, Avery, for being the inspiration behind this noble endeavor.
Invest $16 and 4 hours of your time. If you're anything like me, you will be glad that you did.
An excerpt from this book:
“Don't be patient”: I think this is a valid reminder for anyone. Pursue your life and professional goals with utmost importance. “While it may make sense for you to stay in your first job a little longer than you want in order to build your resume, do not get stuck in a job that won't allow you to achieve your professional and personal goals”.
Carpenter shares many more lessons than this one, some of the best are the ones he gives about Greenwich Capital’s philosophy, and outlining what he learned from each entrepreneurial experience. This is the type of book in which the reader can keep coming back for advice because something was missed the first time around (I’m still learning from this book). Overall, the book is invaluable, and Carpenter really speaks from the heart.