Goldman Sachs and the Myth of “The Best and the Brightest”
There is a widespread notion among mental health professionals that most MBAs from Ivy-league level schools are either sociopaths or narcissists. And many of those ‘sociopaths’ who are also finance majors gravitate towards careers at Wall Street financial firms. I do not go so far as asserting this belief as truth. However, I will not completely dismiss this theory also. Why? We do not have a choice about what we are born into. But a lot of us do have a choice about our careers.
Speaking of sociopaths – if you ever tuned to the Wall Street whorehouse, CNBC, you would not miss somebody or other telling us how great firm Goldman Sachs is. For that matter – Erin Burnett, one of the few ‘hot’ hosts with some brains, never passes an opportunity to boast how smart and great the people at her former employer (Goldman) are. The Goldman suck-ups and apologists often say – only ‘the best of the best’ get to work at Goldman.
Take a look at this chart:
I know this just a sample of one, but it is one heck of a sample. Does this recommendation look like the one given by “the best of the best?”
I rest my case.