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You may very well become famous within the offices where you work, especially if you become known as the guy who brings in bagels and donuts every Monday. But that is about it. Sadly, the most famous consultant in history is the ex-senior-partner of McKinsey (Rajat Gupta) who was on the board of Goldman Sachs, among others, and is now dating Big Bubba in cel block 43 for leaking secrets about company performance to hedge funds in one of the bigger insider trading cases of this millennium. We guess that “making ten times as much as a consultant thing” got to him.

It gives you great satisfaction to single-handedly (or perhaps double- or triple-handedly, if you have help) turn around a struggling business and see it make strides in the right direction. Your clients are troubled teens, and you’re getting them off drugs and showing them The Way so that they can straighten out their lives. (Actually, considering how young corporate America is getting, some of your clients may literally be troubled teens.)

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