Hall of Fame vs. Highly Successful

What is the difference between someone who is in the Hall of Fame and someone who is highly successful?

I would say, that the difference between someone like Michael Jordan and someone like Chris Paul – who many consider to be one of the most successful point guards of all time – really comes down to communication.

I was recently successful at switching to Computer Science and Finance from Accounting. Being in the latter half of my undergraduate years, it might have been a bit late. If I didn’t do it now, it might have been never. And never leaving accounting is a thought that scared me.

A couple of months ago, I was working for one of the “Big 4” Accounting Firms. My experience there was eye-opening – to say the least. Contrary to what you might think from what I have said so far, I do not regret working there. However, there were a lot of things that I am quite critical about during that job.

Here is a highly accurate and precise GIF that describes what happens at a public accounting firm:


In terms of my future career, there is one thing I know for sure: I want to be a person who is in charge. Whether it be my own boss, start my own company or manage my own division within a large corporation, I want to have the reigns behind my career chariot.

To achieve this, there are many long-term goals that I have set for myself to achieve. One, for instance, is to set myself in a good position when full-time hiring begins in my final year of school. Another would be to excel in school and have a good argument for top Ivy league MBA school admissions.

Aside from the merits and accolades that I hope to gather, one of the key skills that I think I will need to improve is communication. Communication, in my opinion, is what separates the Hall of Famers from the greatest. A person can have all the merits in the world, but if they do not go out and learn the language of communication, they will never open the doors to many opportunities that await them.

One thought on “Hall of Fame vs. Highly Successful

  1. That GIF is fantastic and applies across almost all companies and institutions. I actually don’t think the top down organization works at all, and lots of others agree with me, which is good news! Your ambitions sound wonderful and completely doable. You are right: communication is key, particularly in any graduate degree. Definitely practice in this course!


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